Applications focus for the UBD tool

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The applications focus for the Usage Based Discovery tool

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The Discovery Cluster rebranded itself under the Usage Based Discovery bandwagon at the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting under the leadership of Chris Lynnes. This idea initially targeted NASA applications. However, sometime after 2020, Chris Lynnes and company decided to focus UBD efforts on research articles. It was relatively easy to identify the datasets used in NASA's research articles. However, the practice of data citation remains a challenge for other agencies, maybe because it's relatively easy to cite a satellite mission data compared to in-situ datasets. The UBD tool is populated with a lot of NASA research articles (as discussed at the Discovery Cluster's 2022 ESIP Summer Meeting session: here) the proof of concept for the UBD tool is complete.

We would like to revisit how NASA applications (and those of other agencies like the National Weather Service, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) can be represented in UBD. We held a session of the Discovery Cluster focusing on Weather Service Warnings as a use case (link). BOEM's ESP Hub also serves as an example of application focused UBD (though it's only aspiring to be a UBD tool). Unfortunately, some of the earlier application data that had been developed at the 2020 Hackathon have been lost due to unforeseen circumstances with the UBD tool's hosting platform, so the application data literally has to be rebuilt. We're open to suggestions on how to do this - please stay tuned for telecons organized around this topic during Fall 2023, and a possible session for the Winter 2024 ESIP meeting.

Use case from 2020 Hackathon Sessions (part 1, part 2):

Contributed by: Agriculture and Climate Cluster (Bill Teng and Brian Wee)

Who Am I: Flood response manager

What am I trying to do: gain situation awareness of current flood situation and potential changes pe to optimally direct resources and ensure the safety of my first responder crews.

How do I solve this problem now: I have to go to several agencies’ Web sites and search for the relevant datasets.

What do I want/need: all relevant data from ground stations, satellites, or social media (e.g., precipitation, wind, temperature, soil moisture), terrain (e.g., topography, vegetation, soils), for the wildfire location.

What would the Easy Button look like: In the field, my first responder crews can go to a single applications portal, enter their lat-lon coordinates (or use “near me”), and get access to all the relevant datasets in easy-to-use, real-time-actionable formats.