EarthCube is community-led cyberinfrastructure that will enable data sharing across the geosciences. Its aim is to develop a framework to assist researchers in understanding and predicting the Earth system from the sun to the center of the Earth. The goal of EarthCube is to create a community-driven cyberinfrastructure that will enable global data discovery and knowledge management and achieve interoperability and data integration within and across disciplines.
The Earthcube vision is to transform research and data management practices within the geosciences community over the next decade in order to provide new capabilities, including access to data and visualization tools, to researchers and educators. This initiative will provide a knowledge management framework for the geosciences that will result in improved productivity within the geosciences community and accelerated research on the Earth system.
EarthCube is a collaborative partnership between the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI). It’s also a virtual community with over 2,500 participants, including atmosphere, ocean, computer, information, and social scientists, as well as educators, data managers, and other contributors.
This community has done a great deal of collaborative work since EarthCube was launched in mid-2011. As of September 2013, a new round of NSF awards was made to develop key technologies, promote community building, explore integrative systems, and prototype a governance structure.
In addition to the funded project teams, several Special Interest Groups are in place as virtual teams working together on EarthCube-related projects.
Early in March of this year an EarthCube IT/CS/FOSS Stakeholder Assembly Workshop was held in Boulder, CO. The workshop was intended to bring together members of the computer and information science communities, as well as representatives from industry and free and open source software communities.
Thanks to Rafael Moreno for pointing me to this.