A Partnership for Improved Data Management and

Earth System CoG
and the Earth System Grid Federation:
A Partnership for Improved Data Management
and Project Coordination
BESSIG March 18, 2014
Boulder, CO
Sylvia Murphy (NOAA/CIRES) ([email protected]),
Luca Cinquini (JPL/NOAA), Cecelia DeLuca (NOAA/CIRES),
Allyn Treshansky (NOAA/CIRES)
Presentation Outline
Overview of ESGF
ESGF Usage
Overview of CoG
CoG Capabilities
Future Work
Overview of ESGF
The Earth System Grid Federation
(ESGF) is a multi-agency, international
collaboration of people and
institutions working together to build
an open source software
infrastructure for the management
and analysis of Earth Science data on a
global scale.
ESGF is a system of distributed and
federated Nodes that interact
dynamically through a Peer-To-Peer
(P2P) paradigm.
A client (browser or program) can start
from any Node in the federation and
discover, download and analyze data
from multiple locations as if they were
stored in a single central archive.
ESGF Usage
CMIP5 (Phase 5 of the Climate Modeling
Intercomparison Project)… possibly the largest
coordinated scientific modeling effort of all time.
» 40+ models, 25+ modeling centers, 17
» global, distributed archive comprising 2.5 PB
of data
obs4MIPs: NASA and DoE observations packaged as
CMIP5 output for easy comparison
ana4MIPs: reanalysis data
CORDEX: regional climate models, 2PB data
TAMIP: atmospheric models intercomparison
GeoMIP: geo-engineering models intercomparison
DCMIP: dynamic core models intercomparison
Overview of CoG
CoG is a collaboration environment and hub to
connect projects in the Earth sciences.
It hosts software development projects, model
intercomparison projects (MIPS), and university
short-courses or workshops.
It includes a configurable search to data on
ANY ESGF data node.
It provides projects with a wiki and
customizable navigation to wiki content.
It contains an ontology for the description and
management of projects and provides a
consolidated look at this content across a
project’s network.
It contains a file server for documents and
It provides services for Earth system model
metadata collection and display.
Some of the 74 projects hosted on CoG
• Ana4MIPs
• Obs4MIPs
• National Climate Predictions and
Projections Platform (NCPP)
• Climate Informatics (University of
• Earth System Documentation (ESDOC)
• NOAA’s High Impact Weather
Prediction Project (HIWPP)
• Earth System Prediction Capability
• Dynamical Core Model
Intercomparison Project (DCMIP)
Customizable Data Services…Interfacing with ESGF
Search widget can be turned on/off.
Search can be narrowed to any ESGF node and to any
project (e.g. CMIP).
Search facets can be created, deleted, and grouped.
Help text can be added to the top of the search page.
Search results can be saved to a Data Cart associated
with a user. Items in the Data Cart persist.
Search results can be:
– Forwarded to the Live Access Server (LAS) for
simple visualization.
– Downloaded directly via a WGET script.
– Associated with model metadata if it exists.
ESGF Search Customization
Data Cart
• Items in the Data Cart can be sent individually or collectively to LAS or WGET.
• The Data Cart is associated with a user and not a project.
Show Metadata
Wiki and Collaboration Tools
The CoG layout is colorcoded:
• The right-hand side (dark
yellow) is where services
(data, news, project
connectivity) are located.
• The Upper Navigation
bar (dark teal) contains
links to project-level
• On the left (light teal) is
an auto-generated
navigation system
created when projects
develop freeform
• The central portion of
the site is a wiki that
allows projects to create
their own content.
Screenshot of the CoG project workspace for the 2012 Dynamical Core Model
Intercomparison (DCMIP) Workshop.
Project Networks and the Project Browser
Projects in CoG are arranged in a hierarchy of Parents, Peers, and Children.
The Project Browser displays the network and allows for inter-project navigation.
Projects can be tagged with keywords and projects can be searched for using
Project-level Metadata Roll-up
Management of information is a
major problem in projects that
involve many sub-projects,
partners, multiple leads, and
many resources.
CoG acts as an index into project
information that is necessary for
coordination and collaboration
and enables people responsible
for overall coordination to
quickly get consolidated views of
This example shows the Partners feature that allows projects to list
their project partners and include a logo for each. Below the list for
ED-DOC is a consolidated view of the partners for ES-DOC’s peer
CoG Schema
Project-level metadata is linked in standardized locations via the upper navigation bar.
The CoG schema contains classes to describe software development projects, shortcourses or meetings, and overall project coordination. Projects select which metadata to
display via a simple web form.
UML Diagram
Resources are pointers to data,
files, and URLs.
Resources folders can be
created, moved, and deleted.
Projects can turn on a set of
standardized Resources folders
(e.g. Presentations, Minutes).
Saved data searches can be
saved as a Resource.
Each Resource can have a private
wiki-based notes page to
facilitate discussions.
• News is a way to send announcements across a project network.
• News is visible in the news widget on any targeted project.
• News will be added to social media (Google+, Facebook, Twitter, RSS) in a
future release.
Model Metadata Services
• The CoG Team is partnering with the international Earth System Documentation (ESDOC) project to develop and use an Earth System Model metadata entry and view
• The ES-DOC Viewer is a lightweight JavaScript plugin that will display any Common
Information Model (CIM) record.
• The ES-Questionnaire collects standardized CIM metadata through a high-customizable
web form. The output is saved to a community CIM repository.
Future Work
CoG – ESGF Integration (through summer 2014):
– CoG is going to replace the ESGF web front end.
– CoG will be federated so that projects hosted on one CoG-ESGF instance will
be visible on others.
– OpenID access added.
– Look and feel will be more customizable to meet institutional branding
Possible other features:
– Be able to export the CoG ontology.
– Be able to list non-hosted projects the Project Browser.
– Be able to version the wiki.
– Enable RSS and social networking for news.
– Enable non-wiki links in the left navigation bar.
Questions and contacts:
[email protected]
CoG: https://earthsystemcog.org/
ESRL ESGF data node: http://hydra.fsl.noaa.gov/esgf-web-fe/
PCMDI ESGF data node: http://pcmdi9.llnl.gov/esgf-web-fe/
JPL ESGF data node: http://esg-datanode.jpl.nasa.gov/esgf-web-fe/

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