The EarthCube Workflow Community Group was formed in March 2012 as part of the NSF EarthCube initiative. The goal of this group is to elicit
requirements for workflows in geosciences, ascertain the state of the art and
current practices, identify current gaps in both the use of and capabilities of
current workflow systems in the earth sciences through use case studies, and
identify grand challenges for the next decade along with the possible paths to
addressing those challenges. The group is planning to hold a series of virtual and face to face workshops to solicit participation from the geosciences community and other relevant researchers.
Workflows are used to manage complex computations that have many steps or use large data. Workflow systems assist scientists to select models appropriate for their data, configure them with appropriate parameters, and execute them efficiently.
A key result of this work is an initial roadmap document for the EarthCube community that was first released at the EarthCube June 2012 meeting. The roadmap serves as a living document created as a group effort with provisions and a process to update and extend it over time.
An article was published about the roadmap:
"Designing a Roadmap for Geoscience Workflows." Duffy, C.; Gil, Y.; Deelman, E.; Marru, S.; Pierce, M.; Demir, I.; and Wiener, G. Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 93(24). 2012.
Quick LinksDownload a PDF of the Workflows Roadmap here
Download a visual summary of the Workflows Roadmap here:
This work is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant # EAR-1238216 as part of the NSF EarthCube initiative.