Case Statements



Chair (s): 

Enabling FAIR Data in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences

Open, accessible, and high-quality data and related data products and software are critical to the integrity of published research. They ensure transparency and support reproducibility and are necessary for accelerating the advancement of science. In the Earth and spaces sciences, the data are commonly one-time observations that cannot be repeated.  Unfortunately, not all key data are saved and even when they are, their curation is uneven and discovery is difficult, thus making it difficult for other researchers to understand and use the data sets.


To address this critical need, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded a grant to a coalition of groups representing the international Earth and space science community, convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), to develop standards that will connect researchers, publishers, and data repositories in the Earth, space, and environmental sciences to enable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data on a large scale.


This project will accelerate scientific discovery and enhance the integrity, transparency, and reproducibility of this data. 


This effort builds on the work of The Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (, Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Research Data Alliance (RDA), the scientific journals, and domain repositories to ensure that well documented data, preserved in a repository with community agreed-upon metadata, and supporting persistent identifiers becomes part of the expected research products submitted in support of each publication.


This is a community-driven project that will be managed by both ESIP and RDA after the grant period concludes. 


Project Objectives

  • FAIR-compliant data repositories will add value to research data, provide metadata and landing pages for discoverability, and support researchers with documentation guidance, citation support, and peer review.
  • FAIR-compliant Earth, space, and environmental science publishers will align their policies to establish a similar experience for researchers. Data will be available through citations that resolve to repository landing pages. Data are not placed in the supplement.


Project Materials



Science Data Communities

  • AGU
  • Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
  • Research Data Alliance (RDA)
  • EarthCube / Council for Data Facilities
  • Coalition on Publishing Data in Earth and Space Sciences (


  • AGU
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
  • Nature
  • Science/AAAS
  • Elsevier
  • PLOS
  • Hindawi

Repositories and Data Ecosystem Infrastructure

  • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
  • AuScope
  • Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
  • Center for Open Science
  • DataCite
  • CrossRef
  • Scholix



Steering Committee

  • Kerstin Lehnert (Chair), Director of IEDA; Chair, EarthCube Executive Council; and co-PI, COPDESS.
  • Erin Robinson, ESIP Executive Director, Chair of the AGU Data Advisory Board
  • Mark Parsons, Director of Data Science Operations at Tetherless World Constellation, Previously Secretary General of Research Data Alliance
  • Lesley Wyborn, National Computational Research Infrastructure, Canberra, Australia 
  • Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University, Founder of the Stakeholder Alignment Consortium
  • Brian Nosek, Executive Director of the Center for Open Science
  • Brooks Hanson, AGU Sr. Vice President Publications; co-PI on COPDESS
  • Shelley Stall, AGU Director, Data Programs, and Program Manager for this effort