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UNAVCO is collaborating with a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) GEO-funded institutions on an NSF EarthCube project, led by IRIS, entitled Deploying Web Services Across Multiple Geoscience Domains. This EarthCube Building Blocks project intends to extend the promotion of simple web services to simplify the task of discovering, accessing and using data from multiple sources. Investigators will promote the use of this system to manage data from the long tail of science and make it discoverable, removing it from the domain of "dark data". The project will extend its approach of exposing data sets through web services to those managed by non-NSF data centers both within the United States as well as international data sets by providing resources to stand up web services to expose the data holdings of other centers. This building block is an effort to engage EarthCube cyberinfrastructure in developing, establishing and adopting international standards to allow geoscientists to focus on science and increase productivity. UNAVCO is specifically developing web services for GPS timeseries, station metadata, seismic and borehole strainmeter data, and other related data and data products.

Enabling Scientific Collaboration and Discovery through Semantic Connections is an NSF award through the EarthCube Building Blocks program, to demonstrate how new technologies, specifically the VIVO suite, can enhance the coordination and organization of scientific virtual organizations and their products, thereby accelerating the pace of scientific discovery and innovation. The project is a collaborative effort between UNAVCO (UNAVCO Abstract #1440213), the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)/National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Cornell University. VIVO is an open source semantic web application populated with researcher information that was developed at the Cornell University Library. Our project is focusing on two scientific case studies to connect researchers with data and tools: 1. Geodetic research and data supported by UNAVCO and 2. Atmospheric and polar research and data supported by the Earth Observing Laboratory’s Bering Sea Project.