Overview   Leadership Commitment Statement Author Guidelines Resources 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.

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

Publication of scholarly articles in the Earth, space, and environmental science community is conditional upon the concurrent availability of the data underpinning the research finding, with only a few, standard, widely adopted exceptions, such as around privacy for human subjects or to protect heritage field samples. These data should, to the greatest extent possible, be shared, open, and stored in community-approved FAIR-aligned repositories. Leading repositories provide additional quality checks around domain data and data services and facilitate discovery and reuse of data and other research outputs.

  This effort builds on the work of The Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS.org), 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. 


Science Data Communities

  • The American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
  • Research Data Alliance (RDA)
  • EarthCube / Council for Data Facilities
  • Coalition on Publishing Data in Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS.org)
  • FORCE11


  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
  • Nature
  • Science/AAAS
  • Elsevier
  • PLOS
  • Hindawi
  • Copernicus Publications
  • Wiley

Repositories and Data Ecosystem Infrastructure

  • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)
  • AuScope
  • Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
  • Center for Open Science
  • DataCite/Re3Data
  • CrossRef
  • Scholix
  • OSGeo
  • Pangaea
  • DataONE
  • World Data System

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