CSDMS 2017 annual meeting: Modeling Coupled Earth and Human Systems - The Dynamic Duo

The Sediment Experimentalist Network (SEN) Knowledge Base

Raleigh Martin

University of California, Los Angeles, United States

[[CSDMS meeting abstract presentation::The Sediment Experimentalist Network (SEN) integrates the efforts of sediment experimentalists to build a Knowledge Base for guidance on best practices for data collection and management. The network facilitates cross-institutional collaborative experiments and communicates with the research community about data and metadata guidelines for sediment-based experiments. This effort aims to improve the efficiency and transparency of sedimentary research for field geologists and modelers as well as experimentalists.

The purpose of this clinic is to familiarize participants, experimentalists and modelers alike, with how to use and contribute to the SEN Knowledge Base (SEN-KB, SEN-KB provides a wiki-like forum for sharing information on experimental methods, equipment, set-ups, and facilities. It also serves as a portal for discovery of datasets tied to the descriptions of experimental techniques. Such datasets are not hosted on SEN-KB; rather, data descriptions are linked to datasets stored on external servers, such as SEAD (“Sustainable Environment Actionable Data”, SEAD is a resource for storing and curating large (10’s-100’s of GB) experimental datasets, and it provides the capability for submitting these data for publication, issuance of DOIs (“digital object identifiers”), and long-term archiving on disciplinary data repositories.

After a brief introduction to using SEN-KB and SEAD, participants will divide into two groups depending on their interests. The first group of “Data Contributors” will engage in a focused session of contributing new entries and/or editing existing entries on SEN-KB and SEAD based on their own experimental work. The second group of “Data Utilizers” will formulate and begin executing plans for addressing scientific questions of interest based on utilization of existing datasets described on SEN-KB and SEAD, such as those generated at the pre-JpGU Kyoto-SEN workshop (Morphodynamics and Genetic Stratigraphy for Understanding Landforms and Strata) to be held a few days before the clinic. We expect experimentalists to affiliate with the “Data Contributors” group, whereas modelers and other non-experimentalists will affiliate with the “Data Utilizers” group. Nonetheless, participants are open to choose for themselves. Both groups will be guided by SEN-KB leaders on hand to answer questions and document software issues. Toward the end of the clinic, both groups will reconvene to discuss lessons learned a path forward.

Enrollees will be contacted a couple weeks prior to the CSDMS meeting to engage in some brief pre-workshop activities to prepare for the clinic.

Tasks for participants prior to clinic:
  • Fill out survey (edit here).
  • Set up an account on SEN-KB - include in email, remind the day before -
  • You have two choices (1) Click “Create new account” OR (2) “Log in with Google”
  • Set up an account on SEAD
  • Bring laptop to session - remind the day before

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Cyberinformatics and Numerics Working Group