CRESCYNT Toolbox – Developing and Sharing Protocols

Reproducibility is a challenge. Features of Protocols.io (http://protocols.io) make it an attractive way to capture, develop, refine, share, and – when you’re ready – publish protocols and procedures. It’s optimized for both computer and mobile access, and also allows one to start with an existing protocol, fork it, make modifications, reference the original so that credit is preserved for both old and new versions, and when published at protocols.io becomes a way to reference the procedure as a citation.

protocols_ioA short video at http://protocols.io offers more detail. Consider it when you need to document a stepwise process or capture a workflow, then share your effort in a reproducible way, and get credit for your digital research products.

CRESCYNT Toolbox – Developing and Sharing Protocols

Coral Reef Research Use Cases

During the International Coral Reef Symposium we were able to gather a collection of coral reef research use case summaries, particularly during our workshops and node meetings; some of these will be further developed into full use cases. In this instance, “use case” refers to a real research example that particularly emphasizes data and analysis workflows and associated pain points – defining the challenges researchers face with technological needs. and a way of gathering user requirements from this community for EarthCube architecture. We’re working in conjunction with a broader effort at EarthCube to collect use cases from multiple geoscience communities for just this purpose.

Below is a selection of these summary use cases for coral reefs – the range of scales and diversity of  disciplines is both remarkable and very characteristic of coral reef research work. We invite you to submit your own coral reef use case summary information!

earthcube_crescynt_usecasesummaries

Interestingly, while the range of scales and diversity of disciplines are both very great, the reported COLLECTIVE DATA NEEDS of coral reef researchers are remarkably consistent. Here’s a quick word cloud reflecting the expressed data needs of researchers – very similar even though the tools required to address the science questions vary by scale and discipline. (Specific statements underlying this representation listed above underneath Coral Reef Use Cases heading for summaries).

data-needs-wordle_from-icrs-crescynt-workshop

Coral Reef Research Use Cases

WELCOME to CRESCYNT – the Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network

The Coral Reef Science & Cyberinfrastructure Network (CRESCYNT) is a multi-tiered and multidisciplinary network of coral reef researchers, ocean scientists, cyberinfrastructure specialists, and computer scientists, and we invite you to join us. Scope of Sciences within EarthCube

As an EarthCube Research Coordination Network, our goals are to foster a dynamic, diverse, durable, and creative community; to collectively consider and develop standards and resources for open data, research documentation, and data interoperability while making best use of work already accomplished by others; and to offer input to those groups within EarthCube who will ultimately create the data architecture for all of EarthCube. Along the way CRESCYNT expects to collect and share community resources and tools, and to offer training opportunities in topics prioritized by our members through widely accessible formats such as webinars and their recordings. We will also work to nurture unforeseen collaborative opportunities that emerge from our integrated collective work.

Because the coral reef community has exceptionally diverse data structures and analysis requirements needed to forward integrative science, it is an exemplar for cyberinfrastructure-enabled advances to other geosciences communities. The CRESCYNT network is working to match the data sources, data structures, and analysis needs of the coral reef community with current advances in data science, visualization, and image processing from multiple disciplines to advance coral reef research and meet the increasing challenges of conservation. The network has begun to assemble to coordinate, plan, and prioritize cyberinfrastructure needs within the coral reef community.

Workflows within CReSCyNT: participants to nodes to collective project outputsThe structure of CRESCYNT is a network of networks, currently including 18 disciplinary nodes and 7 technological nodes, where each network node represents an area of coral reef science (disciplinary nodes: e.g., microbial diversity, symbiosis regulation, disease, physiology & fitness, reef ecology, fish & fisheries, conservation & management, biogeochemistry, oceanography, paleontology, geology) or an area of computer science or technical practice (technological nodes: e.g., visualization, geospatial analysis & mapping, image analysis, legacy & dark data, database management). These nodes may expand, coalesce, or divide to meet the needs and interests of the subdisciplinary communities, while maintaining connections to CRESCYNT through node coordinators and ongoing network activities. We invite you to become a member of CRESCYNT, join one or more nodes that would advance your own work, collaborate on shared resources and tools for the coral reef community, and ensure that the data architecture and cyberinfrastructure of EarthCube will meet the needs of the coral reef community, and that broader data interoperability within EarthCube will benefit both coral reefs and our ability to answer complex questions.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE at http://crescynt.org to enroll in CRESCYNT, join a node, work on tasks, discuss data and research priorities, and help determine the future shape of cyberinfrastructure for supporting coral reef research and other geoscience work. This collaborative work is supported by the National Science Foundation’s EarthCube initiative.

WELCOME to CRESCYNT – the Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network