GeoPRISMS Community Projects

Current Community Projects

Recommendations for GeoPRISMS Community Projects

Some GeoPRISMS projects may offer potentially widespread benefits to many researchers, in particular through data access and sharing, broad dissemination of results, etc., thereby justifying the designation of such projects as “GeoPRISMS Community Projects”. To be designated as a GeoPRISMS Community Project, the project should be fundamental for community science to move forward and the results should benefit a large GeoPRISMS user group. The concept of the project should have been identified and prioritized with broad consensus at an open community workshop or meeting and outlined, motivated, and justified within a community planning document, e.g., the GeoPRISMS Science or Implementation Plan. The GeoPRISMS Steering and Oversight Committee (GSOC) can provide advice and guidance to proponents of proposed community projects, helping to assess if the project is fundamental to the goals of the GeoPRISMS Program.

All designated GeoPRISMS Community Projects should offer the opportunity for members of the community to contribute to and participate in the project, and to contribute to on-line discussions during the planning stages. The data generated as a result of the community project should be openly available to members of the community, and archived accordingly. Updates, reports, announcements and opportunities associated with the community project, as well as data availability, should be provided regularly, and broadly communicated to the GeoPRISMS community through the GeoPRISMS listserv and other means. Given the impact of funding such community projects on limited GeoPRISMS resources, all community proposals should be evaluated in the context of other timely proposals. i.e., submitted and reviewed through the regular GeoPRISMS solicitation. Requests to be allowed to submit a community proposal outside of the usual GeoPRISMS solicitation, due to extenuating circumstances, should be made to the GSOC, accompanied by reasonable justification and documentation. The GSOC must endorse this out-of-cycle request for the proposal to go forward.

Protocol for GeoPRISMS Community Projects:

  • Proponents are encouraged to submit a community project concept to GSOC for feedback prior to proposal submission, with appropriate justification. GSOC will provide feedback and guidance regarding the relevance of the project to GeoPRISMS research priorities.
  • Community proposals should fund data acquisition and initial processing, and related activities. Scientific analysis of these data should be supported by proposals submitted to NSF by PIs within the larger GeoPRISMs community.
  • The proposal (and project concept) should outline a clear data management plan, including data acquisition, processing, formats, release, and community access.
  • Proposals should be submitted to the regular GeoPRISMS solicitation, unless the need for an out-of-cycle proposal is strongly justified. Such requests must be endorsed by GSOC.
  • GeoPRISMS Office resources will be made available to facilitate project planning, coordination, and communications, e.g., to publicize, solicit input, disseminate results and reports, opportunities to participate, etc.

Other Resources for Community Project Planning:

  • Access to modest funds to help organize and plan a community project, e.g., to hold small workshops. Requests for such planning activities should be made to the GeoPRISMS Office, and will be considered in the context of the available office budget.

(Approved by GSOC – 03/13/12)