The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is mid-way through its 10-year mission to focus global attention and scientific effort on deep carbon science. Activities include instrument and computational model development, novel technology development, exploratory research and fieldwork, scientific workshops and early career/ summer school meetings. The DCO Data Science activity reaches into the four DCO science communities --- Deep Energy, Deep Life, Extreme Physics and Chemistry and Reservoirs and Fluxes --- to advance research and educational aspects of data science and data management among all DCO participants.
The online component of DCO activities constitutes the Deep Carbon Virtual Observatory (DCvO). The DCvO is a collaborative scalable education and research environment for searching, accessing, integrating, and analyzing distributed observational, experimental, and model databases. It provides a means to collaborate, seek out and access education and research materials such as publications and datasets, view community activities, view DCO field sites, learn about funded projects and more. The intent of the DCvO, just like DCO itself, is to stimulate new ways to conduct and share carbon-related research. Underlying DCvO is the application of ideas, practices and technologies from the fields of informatics, data management, library science, computer science and physical sciences using contemporary cyberinfrastructure and information technologies.
The current DCvO, composed of the DCO Community Portal and DCO Data Portal (see this two-minute introductory video), provides these functions:
A schema categorizing various concept types in DCO scientific works, such as data, people, publications, instruments, models, organizations and more;
The ability to identify and annotate all key "things of interest", "people/ organizations" and their relation to DCO-related activities;
A repository for depositing data and registering associated metadata; and
An integrated means to share diverse content and applications, with fine-grained access levels and privacy options.
DCvO provides a "linked science" platform for the DCO Community. Not only are key assets, including DCO data and methods, published in an open and inter-linked fashion, but the people, organizations, groups, grants, projects, samples, field sites, instruments, software programs, activities, meetings, etc. are recorded and connected to each other through relationships based on well-defined, formal ontologies. DCvO will promote collaboration among DCO participants, improve the openness and reproducibility of carbon-related research, facilitate accreditation to resource contributors, and eventually stimulate new ideas and findings in carbon-related studies.
For further reading:
Deep Carbon Observatory Data Science Team, "DCO-DS Narrative." Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. See http://tw.rpi.edu/web/project/DCO-DS/Narrative