Call to participation for LinkedEarth - Creating standards for paleoclimate datasets based on ice cores
of us don’t go about our lives thinking about standards, for good reason: standards are so essential that we take them for granted (think: the metric system, electric plugs, GPS, etc). In paleoclimatology, we’ve somehow accepted to work without standards
for decades, and have normalized that it takes months or years of work to gather a few hundred records or do anything useful with them. It doesn’t have to be this way. In an era of uncertain funding for climate science, we need to be sure our time is used
as efficiently as it can. That’s where standards come in, and that’s where your help is needed at this time.
project aims to manifest a better future by creating an online
platform that: (1) enables the curation
of a publicly-accessible database by paleoclimate experts themselves, and (2) fosters the
of community standards. In turn, these developments
will enable cutting-edge data-analytic tools to be built and applied to a wider array of datasets than ever possible before, supporting next-generation paleoclimate research.
If you want your voice heard but don’t have time to
get involved in learning how to use the wiki, I’ll be happy to organize a one-on-one conference call with you (or an extended email) and transcribe the discussion on the wiki while giving you full credits. Anyone who has contributed to the working group will
get Co-authorship on the standard
We are also using our
account to rapidly disseminate polls on
standard development. You only need a Twitter account to vote on them.