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DataONE welcomes ESS-DIVE to the Network

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ESS-DIVE (Environmental System Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem) serves as a repository for hundreds of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded research projects focusing on terrestrial and subsurface ecosystems. Designed as a scalable framework, ESS-DIVE incentivizes data providers to contribute well-structured, high-quality data and enables the user community to easily build data processing, synthesis, and analysis capabilities using those data.

Environmental system scientists study vital processes like nutrient and water cycling, or carbon and energy fluxes which rely on high-quality, unreproducible and diverse observational datasets collected over years. ESS-DIVE stores the critical data generated by environmental field, experimental, and modeling activities with their metadata to allow researchers to examine and predict long-term ecosystem and watershed behaviors.

ESS-DIVE’s web portal is built on top of a DataONE Metacat software implementation. All basic components of their architecture run inside Docker containers so that users can upload and interact with data in a controlled environment, in addition to facilitating multiple redundant instances of ESS-DIVE. Joining the DataONE federation will further guarantee broad redundant availability of ESS-DIVE data.

With the contributions from ESS-DIVE, DataONE now exposes over 1.16M data objects across its Member Nodes. By joining DataONE, ESS-DIVE reinforces its mission to preserve, expand access to, and improve usability of critical data. Deb Agarwal, a scientist in Berkeley Lab’s CRD and lead of the ESS-DIVE project, explains that becoming a DataONE Member Node will make ESS-DIVE “an even more powerful tool, as the library’s DOE-funded data contents will be discoverable in cross-catalogue searches.”

DataONE is pleased to welcome ESS-DIVE as a partner and share the ESS-DIVE collection with the DataONE community.

About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.

About ESS-DIVE: ESS-DIVE was built by a collaboration of scientists in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Computational Research Division (CRD) and Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) and digital librarians at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)—a research center based at UC Santa Barbara. ESS-DIVE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Data Management program within the Climate and Environmental Science Division. It will store and enhance access to critical information generated from research funded by or related to the DOE’s Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research program (BER) with emphasis on the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) and Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) Programs.