Eos.org from AGU

Eos.org is official! From Mary Warner, Assistant Director, Business Management, at the American Geophysical Union,

Eos.org is a fully interactive Earth and space science news website whose mission is to inform and engage the worldwide community of scientists and those in allied and applied disciplines. It is open to all and free of charge. I invite you to check out Eos.org now.

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USGS Launches California Drought Visualization Site

Read the full post in CivSource.

The record drought in California has prompted the US Geological Survey to launch a new data visualization website that gives the public more detailed information about the scope of drought in the state. The website is part of the federal government’s Open Water Data Initiative. That project is designed to improve access to data and open exchange of water information in order to get a better picture of existing water resource issues and develop sustainable solutions through open data.

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New website is rich in Great Lakes data

Via Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

Environmental data from across the Great Lakes region is now just a click away with a new web application created by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Great Lakes Monitoring makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by universities and government agencies, including the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office…

The first stop for users is an interactive map that provides a quick glance at monitoring locations and the parameters measured at each site. From the Explore Trends view, users can also see basin-wide patterns for environmental characteristics like phosphorus, chlorophyll a, nitrogen, and mercury.

Researchers can delve deeper by examining the detailed data profile for each monitoring site or comparing results across multiple sites. Menus and slider bars at the top of each page make it possible to quickly hone in on specific parameters, monitoring seasons, and years…

The cutting-edge tool also allows researchers to create and download their own data sets for the locations, sources, environmental characteristics, and dates that most interest them. And a variety of available file types make offline use easy.

In addition to improving data access, Great Lakes Monitoring also makes it easier for researchers, universities, and agencies to share data with the public.

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2014 Report on Climate Change Indicators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with many other organizations, collects and communicates data about climate change. With the help of these partners, the EPA has compiled the data into the 3rd edition of the report titled Climate Change Indicators in the United States. This report is available as a downloadable file or a print copy can be requested from the EPA

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AGU 2014 Fall Meeting

Attend the American Geophysical Union 2014 Fall Meeting virtually. From Mary Warner, Associate Director,  Business Management at AGU,

AGU will offer a variety of Virtual Options to interact with authors, attendees, and content during our upcoming 2014 Fall Meeting, 15-19 December.  Live-streaming and on-demand recorded content have been expanded to capture more than600 individual presentations –  most of which will be streamed live, and then made available as on-demand  record­ings within 24 hours of the live presentation. ePosters are also available, and both ePosters and the live-streaming and recorded content include a commenting feature to facilitate conversations between viewers and authors.

Please take advantage of this wealth of content, and share the information with your patrons and community.  To replicate the collaboration and scien­tific discourse that takes place at the Fall Meeting, we are encouraging organizations to set up remote viewing sites at their institu­tions for those who are not attending the Fall Meeting in person.  Register as a point of contact for your institution at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/remote-viewing-site-registration/ and AGU staff will send tips and materials to maximize your remote site experience.

An initial registration will be required to view ePosters and the live and recorded ses­sions. The virtual content will be available free of charge.  The full list of sessions is available as a PDF (http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/files/2014/11/2014-Virtual-Options.pdf)and in the online program session viewer (https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm14/meetingapp.cgi#ModuleVirtualIndex/0 )

Visit http://fallmeeting.agu.org/VirtualOptions for more information.  Please direct questions to virtualoptions@agu.org.

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RFP – Algorithms in the Field (AitF)



The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering has announced funding for collaboration between theoretical computer scientists and applied researchers through its Algorithms in the Field (AitF) program.

“Algorithms in the Field encourages closer collaboration between two groups of researchers: (i) theoretical computer science researchers, who focus on the design and analysis of provably efficient and provably accurate algorithms for various computational models; and (ii) applied researchers including a combination of systems and domain experts (very broadly construed – including but not limited to researchers in computer architecture, programming languages and systems, computer networks, cyber-physical systems, cyber-human systems, machine learning, database and data analytics, etc.) who focus on the particular design constraints of applications and/or computing devices. Each proposal must have at least one co-PI interested in theoretical computer science and one interested in any of the other areas typically supported by CISE. Proposals are expected to address the dissemination of the algorithmic contributions and resulting applications, tools, languages, compilers, libraries, architectures, systems, data, etc.”

Full proposals are due February 9, no letter of intent required.  Awards of up to $800,000 are possible.

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RFP – USDA Solid Waste Management Grant Program

USDALogoApplications are being accepted through December 31 for the USDA’s Solid Waste Management Grant Program.    The purpose of this program is:

“To evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources. Provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills. Provide technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream. Provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.”

Past awards have ranged from $20,000 to $185,000.  Academic institutions and private nonprofit organizations are eligible.

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CIRSS Seminar – Research Data Service at the University of Illinois

The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship seminar series this week will be of interest to Institute staff.

Presenter:  Heidi Imker, Director,
Research Data Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date/Time: Friday, November 21 2014, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location:  LIS 126

Description:  The Research Data Service (RDS) is a pilot service established in 2014 to provide the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data.  Headquartered in the University Library, the RDS is a partnership between units on campus.  This talk covers the motivation for the RDS and the immediate goals.

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EPA Announces Request for Proposals for Healthy Watershed Consortium Grant

EPA is soliciting proposals for the management of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant. The purpose of the grant is to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue sub-awards on a competitive basis.

Eligible applicants for this Request for Proposals are non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies, and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis. Eligible entities for the sub-awards include public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years.

Proposals are due January 5, 2015.

EPA will host a national Information Session regarding the funding opportunity “Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant” on Thursday, November 13th at 2pm Eastern. Register for the information session at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4218108496644088065. Questions and answers from this Information Session will be posted at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/watershed/consortiumgrant.cfm.

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NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports

The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports. The library is a service of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service.

NTIS, a federal agency that does not receive appropriations from Congress, previously charged a fee to provide full-text electronic copies of federal documents in its collection.

The full text for 800,000 of these documents can be downloaded immediately in electronic PDF format without charge. The remaining NTRL reports, most published before 1995, must be scanned from microfiche archival files before being provided either as electronic PDF’s  or in print for a fee. However, each time a microfiche document is scanned to fulfill such a request, the agency will add the electronic full-text PDF to its online database for subsequent free public download.

“Our mission is to collect and broadly disseminate federal science and technology information using a self-supporting business model,” said NTIS Director Bruce Borzino. “However, we also recognize that a number of the documents previously offered for a fee through our website were available for free from other sources. The public should not be treated differently depending on which website they visit to download a federal document.”

The agency will also continue to offer a range of premium subscription-based services to individuals, universities, corporations, and other institutions for varying levels of access to all documents in its collection. Access outside the U.S. is available via individual and institutional subscriptions.

“We have continually updated our pricing and business models in response to changing times and we’ll continue to do so,” said Borzino.  “We are excited about the new Public Access NTRL and hope to see a substantial increase in the use of federally funded research in all formats as a direct result.”

To learn more about NTIS, visit www.ntis.gov.

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