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NSF EarthCube Solicitation Webinar - Jan 15, 2021

NSF will host a webinar providing an overview of the EarthCube solicitation and program, NSF 21- 515. The solicitation will support Science-Enabling Capabilities that improve geosciences data use and reuse in a manner that is interoperable with emerging standards and cyberinfrastructure resources that support the research enterprise.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Coordination and Planning Opportunities for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

November 19, 2020: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) encourages the submission of proposals for workshops, Research Coordination Networks (RCN), and other planning activities, including Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals, in Geosciences-themed research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). [Link to DCL]


ESIP Lab 2020 Winter Request for Proposals (due 29 January 2021)

[Link to ESIP Lab Request for Proposals (RFP)] for projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000.

Proposals that address the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:

  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for Earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing Earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.
  • Develop innovative methods for communication and application of standards related to biological data - such as decision tree templates.


Congratulations to WHOI's new Carpentries instructors

Thanks to a Technical Staff Training Award, six WHOI staff and students became Carpentries instructors in 2020! Congratulations to Brett Longworth in G&G and Karen Soenen and Amber York in Biology! And to JP students Craig McLean in MCG and Stewart Jamieson and Arianna Krinos in Biology! We presented a poster at the AGU Fall Meeting for our 2020 workshops. Thanks to another Tech Staff Training Award, we'll have more workshops in 2021 - check the Events tab or contact for more info.


WHOI Data Science Office Hour and Slack

In collaboration with IS App Dev and WHOI Data Library, we are hosting a WHOI Data Science Office Hour on Thursdays between 11am and noon starting again on 7 January 2021. Please consult the IS App Dev webpage (internal VPN only) for the link to join the Office Hour. Our Slack workspace whoi-datascience is open to WHOI staff and students. Please contact if you'd like to join.


Opportunities online to learn Python, R, GitHub, and more

We compiled this list to help WHOI staff and students discover opportunities online to learn data science and coding skills (Python, R, GitHub, and more):

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WHOI's Cloud Computing Survey

In December 2019 WHOI DDVPR’s Ocean Informatics Working Group (OIWG), in collaboration with WHOI Information Services (IS), conducted a survey to learn how WHOI scientific and technical staff, postdocs, and students are interested in using cloud computing services for research and engineering. Please contact Stace Beaulieu, OIWG coordinator, or Roberta Mazzoli, XSEDE Campus Champion @ IS, if you are interested in the results or have questions/comments. WHOI IS in collaboration with the OIWG will continue to examine the pros and cons of cloud computing services as part of WHOI’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan and Cloud Strategy, both in development.

WHOI's Data Science Training Camp
Figure from "Enabling long-term oceanographic research: Changing data practices, information management strategies and informatics" (Baker and Chandler, 2008,