Talk:NSF Air Quality Observatory:AQ Observatory Proposal

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This page contains discussion on various aspects of the proposal.

'Win-theme' for the AQ Observatory project?

Based on our discussions I would propose a common (win-) theme for the AQO project along the following line:

There is already an infrastructure for access/use of met data (Unidata) and for AQ data (DataFed)
Each serves their respective communities well, but not the sister communities, so:
AQO will extend these working domain infrastructures by making them interoperable at find/access/use level
Add new capabilities arising from the synergy of the combined resources and tools
Thus, the prototype AQO will demonstrate operational inter-domain networking [and encourage other nodes to join?]

Variations on this theme would be stated in several sections of the proposal. Is this our key theme? Is there a better way to phrase it? Is it too little, much, just right? Enough NSF-appeal?


With the intention of providing greater specificity re cyberinfrastructure advances (and the risk of excessive wordiness!), I'll suggest an alternate winning theme:

Solid but separate cyberinfrastructure components (DataFed and Unidata) now exist to support (respectively) the AQ and met communities.
Within these communities, the extant infrastructure supports (for research, teaching, and decision-making) the matching of end-user tools to needed observational data, but --
The matching process can be labor intensive, especially where the needed data involve aggregations of observed and simulated information from multiple sources
The needed matchings and aggregations are becoming more difficult as
end-user needs increase in complexity,
data volumes grow, and
data types evolve (with new instruments, e.g.).
Cross-community data use is very low because the above difficulties are greatly compounded by interdisciplinary variations in tool usage and the attendant data semantics.
The AQO will leverage, augment and integrate DataFed and Unidata in a prototype cyberinfrastructure component that better serves researchers, teachers, and decision-makers in AQ, met, and related fields by overcoming the listed difficulties.
The overarching benefits will include facilitating cross-community use of observed and simulated data sets and streams.
Specific outcomes will include the enabling of use cases as follows:
(insert abbreviated use cases here)
The underpinning for these advances will be an end-to-end system that exhibits advanced functional and technical design elements as outlined below: (see also my comments on NSF requirements 3