WP3: Sustainable Collaboration

The key strategy in WP 3 is to establish necessary governance structures across the centres that allow for the exchange of services between the centres, while adopting the same standards, and allocating new IT-solutions for data management and data science, avoiding double investments and double efforts. This will make the technical platforms collaborative on the long run (IP-networks, VPN, authentication AAI, web-service standards, Software as a Service, scalable storage and processing services). To achieve this we unite developments in Digital Earth with already established observatories and data infrastructures with their services in terms of data management. Digital Earth can be seen as a use case in HDF and MOSES data management in parallel. The joint development of a software-infrastructure for SMART Monitoring Designs and the Data Exploration Framework open for contributions from all sides comprises a major challenge. For this, common data provision mechanisms (Task 2.2) are needed and existing data management collaborations (MOSES, TERENO) need to be adopted in regard of their data formats, existing analysis and quality estimation tools and software libraries that interface to the data.
Besides integrating Digital Earth in PoF-IV, a strategic goal is to place developments and services of Digital Earth in the context of the “Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur” (NFDI), i.e. position Earth System Data Science as a very strong competence of the Helmholtz Research Area E&E. Another strong point of DE is the involvement of stakeholders (authorities BSH, BfG, BAW, ...) at an early phase within this WP to give input on our development goals in terms of data products and services. This will allow to position Digital Earth as a unique collaborative knowledge transfer activity that contribute to the envisioned Synthesis Platform. On this platform, we envision to connect stakeholders as data and service providers and as data product users in a bi-directional way.

We will establish thematic Seed Groups (SG) that will promote all efforts of Digital Earth and monitoring the requirements for continuity (see a more detailed description in Chapter 5.5). Speakers of the Seed Groups will be responsible for the communication of Digital Earth aims and visions with other PoF-IV entities, like speakers of the research topics, ESM, the Synthesis Platform and the data infrastructure units, as well as with external experts and stakeholders. On project level the SGs are essential for a stimulating and well informed discussion within and across Tasks (Figure 7). They further contribute to reaching the deliverables and milestones of the project and support the information flow to the top-management of the centres 1) on the current state of the project, 2) on the progress of measures for sustainability in data management and collaboration, 3) on the contributions of the project towards establishing Data Management/Data Science as a joint activity in PoF-IV, and 4) on the status and progress of dialogues between Digital Earth and stakeholders. ESM governance schemes may evolve at a similar pace, hence we intend to cooperate with ESM as closely as possible to avoid doubling activities.


Preliminary software concept that will be further detailed in Digital Earth, with layers 1 to 3 being key components of the project. Layer 4, the hard- and software side of data management, will mainly be dealt with outside Digital Earth (see Task 2.2).

WP3 Tasks

Task 3.1 Establish structures and strategies for joint data driven science within E&E and other partners
[HZG, AWI, FZJ, GEOMAR, HMGU, GFZ, KIT, UFZ]
Task 3.2 Develop collaborative framework for operating technical platforms
[AWI, HZG, FZJ, GEOMAR, HMGU, GFZ, KIT, UFZ]
Task 3.3 Foster innovation for societal benefits
[HZG, AWI, FZJ, GEOMAR, HMGU, GFZ, KIT, UFZ]
Task 3.4 Software architecture-concept for Digital Earth and beyond
[HMGU, AWI, FZJ, GEOMAR, GFZ, HZG, UFZ]