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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Data for All People: From Generation to Use and Understanding."

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Thursday, January 20 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sustaining Community Repository Networks: Lessons Learned and Steps Moving Forward

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Data repositories confront multiple challenges: building a robust community around their content, features, and use, defining their position within a rapidly growing ecosystem of repositories, weighing the costs and benefits of participating in one or more repository networks, and developing a funding model that can support all of these (and more) critical areas of work. Similarly, community repository networks enable efficient discovery and access to resources shared by member repositories while promoting interoperability and efficiency, but also must confront similar challenges in defining who their community is, developing and communicating the value proposition that the network provides, promoting the value of the network, both to its members and to users of the network's repositories and the services provided by the network as a whole, and developing a funding model that both supports the network as an entity above and beyond the support provided by the member repositories.

This session will bring together a group of panelists from the repository and repository network perspective to seed and participate in a community discussion around:
* Defining what sustainability means in the context of repository networks as compared to repositories themselves
* Successful and unsuccessful models for sustaining repository networks
* Specific examples of sustainability strategies from both the panelists and attendees of the session
* The role of sponsoring agencies in contributing to repository and network sustainability
* Different sustainability challenges faced by repositories and networks:
* Disciplinary differences in value and use
* Cost and complexity variation in repository needs
* Differences in realistic funding models
* How has the sustainability landscape shifted over the past 10-20 years? How do we anticipate it will continue to change over the coming decades?

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avatar for Karl Benedict

Karl Benedict

Director of Research Data Services and IT Services, University of New Mexico, University Libraries
Since 1986 I have had parallel careers in Information Technology, Data Management and Analysis, and Archaeology. Since 1993 when I arrived at UNM I have worked as a Graduate Student in Anthropology, Research Scientist, Research Faculty, Applied Research Center Director, and currently... Read More →
avatar for Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Director of Informatics R&D, NCEAS / DataONE / UC Santa Barbara
DataONE | Arctic Data Center | Open Science | Provenance and Semantics | Cyberinfrastructure

avatar for Amber Budden

Amber Budden

Director for Learning and Outreach, NCEAS
Open science facilitator, community manager and data literacy trainer. I lead the NCEAS Learning Hub and short course activities and co-lead DataONE and the Arctic Data Center, with a focus on supporting the community in open science learning and practices... Read More →
avatar for Kerstin Lehnert

Kerstin Lehnert

Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance that operates EarthChem, the System for Earth Sample Registration, and the Astromaterials Data System. Kerstin... Read More →
avatar for Daniella Lowenberg

Daniella Lowenberg

Sr. Data Publishing Product Manager, University of California
Principal Investigator and lead of the Make Data Count initiative and Sr. Product Manager for Dryad... Read More →
avatar for Christine Kirkpatrick

Christine Kirkpatrick

Division Director, Research Data Services, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Christine Kirkpatrick leads the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s (SDSC) Research Data Services division, which manages large-scale infrastructure, networking, and services for research projects of regional and national scope. Her research is in data-centric AI, working at the intersection... Read More →

Thursday January 20, 2022 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
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