Making scientific data more discoverable

September 30, 2022

A new, multi-institution effort to standardize how scientific data is described—allowing for search engines for scientific data that not only support discoverability but also facilitate the usage of the data—has been awarded $3.2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation.

The Democratized Cyberinfrastructure for Open Discovery to Enable Research (DeCODER) project, which begins October 1, 2022, will expand and extend the successful EarthCube GeoCODES framework and community to unify data and tool description and reuse across geoscience domains. The project is a collaborative research effort between UC Berkeley, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Virginia Tech, Syracuse University, and Texas A&M University.

Carl Boettiger, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, will work closely with the team to focus on the application of the DeCODER platform to improve the discovery, production, comparison, and applications of ecological forecasts. 

"The DeCODER project will democratize research pipelines such as the production and assessment of ecological forecasts, helping to bridge scientific communities and better inform decision makers,” he said.

Read more about the project and its focus at the NCSA website.