Scientific communities commonly face challenges in sharing information during project life-cycles, from the proposal stage through data release. Knowing who is doing what where can improve planning and coordination. The same high-level project information can be linked to data collection sites and resulting datasets from a given project. Interoperability lessons learned from Arctic use cases are relevant to other scientific communities. The Arctic Research Mapping Application (ARMAP) and the Arctic Observing Viewer (AOV) are examples of the benefits of collaboration. The underlying metadata workflow using the hierarchical ISO TC211 schema has been implemented for tracking projects, data collection sites and resulting datasets. ARMAP (http://armap.org/) is a suite of online applications and services that provide project-tracking information for over 2600 projects funded by 17 different U.S. Agencies. The Arctic Observing Viewer (http://ArcticObservingViewer.org) compiles detailed information pertaining to over 7700 U.S. Arctic Observing efforts. The databases have been developed and maintained by separate efforts, but they are now connected using RESTful web services that integrate collection site information into project searches using metadata standards. The next phase will add datasets collected at these sites into an integrated web-accessible knowledge base spanning the project life-cycle from planning through site selection and data collection to user discovery, use and understanding with interactive mapping and data services at all phases. This approach provides a unified framework for project managers and planners; scientists; data managers and archives; plus end-users to share information and streamline metadata management tasks across multiple teams with appropriate needs, expertise and experience.
Many Arctic organizations are responsible for metadata creation and curation at different stages in the project life-cycle. The approach we are developing connects these stages with RESTful services and ISO metadata.
Figure 1: Poster - Documenting the Project Life Cycle.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Contract No. NSFDACS11C1675. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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