Data Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is responsible for defining and advising the development of data products and access protocols for the ARPA-E TERRA program. The committee consists of twelve core participants: one representative from each of the six funded projects and six independent experts. The committee will meet virtually each month and in person each year to discuss, develop, and revise data products, interfaces, and computing infrastructure.

Roles and responsibilities

TERRA Project Standards Committee representatives are expected to represent the interests of their TERRA team, their research community, and the institutions for which they work. External participants were chosen to represent specific areas of expertise and will provide feedback and guidance to help make the TERRA platform interoperable with existing and emerging sensing, informatics, and computing platforms.

Specific duties

  • Participate in monthly to quarterly teleconferences with the committee.
  • Provide expert advice.
  • Provide feedback from other intersted parties.
  • Participate in, or send delegate to, annual two-day workshops.

Annual Meetings

If we can efficiently agree on and adopt conventions, we will have more flexibility to use these workshops to train researchers, remove obstacles, and identify opportunities. This will be an opportunity for researchers to work with developers at NCSA and from the broader TERRA informatics and computing teams to identify what works, prioritize features, and move forward on research questions that require advanced computing.

Project Timeline

  • August 2015: Establish committee, form a data plan
  • January 2016: v0 file standards
  • January 2017: v1 file standards, sample data sets
  • January 2018: mock data cube generator, standardized data products, simulated data
  • January 2019: standardized data products, simulated data

Data Standards Participants

  • TERRA Project Representatives (6)
  • ARPA-E Program Representatives (2)
  • Board of External Advisors (6)

(numbers in parentheses are targets, for which we have funding)

People

Name Institution Email
Coordinators
David Lee ARPA-E david.lee2_at_hq.doe.gov
David LeBauer UIUC / NCSA dlebauer_at_illinois.edu
TERRA Project Representatives
Paul Bartlett Near Earth Autonomy paul_at_nearearthautonomy.com
Jeff White USDA ALARC Jeffrey.White_at_ars.usda.gov
Melba Crawford Purdue melbac_at_purdue.edu
Mike Gore Cornell mag87_at_cornell.edu
Matt Colgan Blue River matt.c_at_bluerivert.com
Christer Janssen Pacific Northwest National Laboratory georg.jansson_at_pnnl.gov
Barnabas Poczos Carnegie Mellon bapoczos_at_cs.cmu.edu
Alex Thomasson Texas A&M University thomasson_at_tamu.edu
External Advisors
Cheryl Porter ICASA / AgMIP / USDA
Shawn Serbin Brookhaven National Lab sserbin_at_bnl.gov
Shelly Petroy NEON spetroy_at_neoninc.org
Christine Laney NEON claney_at_neoninc.org
Carolyn J. Lawrence-Dill Iowa State triffid_at_iastate.edu
Eric Lyons University of Arizona / iPlant ericlyons_at_email.arizona.edu

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