In spring 2014 the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation approved three new DCO proposals to support DCO’s Secretariat, Engagement Team, and Data Science Team for the next two years. These three groups will continue to work in a coordinated manner to advance DCO’s decadal goals.
The proposals reflect the distinct but complementary roles of each group. The Secretariat, based at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, will continue to provide scientific leadership through communication, coordination, management, community building, and fundraising. It will encourage engagement and data infrastructure advances as well as ongoing instrument development and utilization. Extra attention will be given to early career researchers who will carry the DCO’s interdisciplinary approach forward as a legacy.
The next two years will see the vision of the Data Science Team come into fruition, with DCO Science Network members now able to access and use a suite of collaborative tools and data infrastructure capabilities available through the DCO Community Portal. Emphasized by the recent DCO Data Science Day hosted by the Data Science Team based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, data generated by DCO researchers is a key element in driving scientific discovery, in part of the fulfillment of the DCO decadal goals.
The Engagement Team’s continuing goal is to help DCO operate as a contemporary model for scientific collaboration, building and managing DCO’s Science Network, website, and other resources in a way that engages deep carbon scientists, the scientific community in general, and members of the press and public. In the short term, the Engagement Team, based at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, will be integral to the production of a mid-term report, which will highlight DCO’s achievements to date.
"DCO's Secretariat, Data Science Team, and Engagement Team function as an integrated unit, bringing synergy and sustained momentum to the DCO program as we embark on the second half of our ten-year initiative."- Craig Schiffres, DCO Director.
At the mid-point of it’s ten-year program it is an exciting time for DCO, and the work of the Secretariat, Data Science Team, and Engagement Team is crucial as DCO enters a period of intense discovery and synthesis.