The MSD community of practice organizes periodical webinars hosted online. The webinars highlight research efforts that are of wider interest to the MSD community.

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Previous webinars

June 2020

Title: The FEWSION food-energy-water dataset
Presenter(s): Benjamin Ruddell (ASU)
Time: Jun 11, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
This webinar is organized by the Facilitating FAIR Data Working group
To participate in this webinar, please email Casey Burleyson.

FEWSION is a significant NSF-funded research effort focused on mesoscale food-energy-water systems data synthesis in the United States. This effort involves engineering a coupled natural human systems data model for commodity (and other) inputs and outputs, including adoption of database structures and standards, controlled vocabularies and crosswalks, metadata, documentation, scientific workflows, high performance computing optimization, and data fusion/linking strategies to integrate heterogeneous spatiotemporal data sources. Visualization is also a challenge, and patent-pending visual analytics strategies have been developed and prototyped in the FEW-View system available since April 2019 on the website The first version of the dataset is already available to collaborators, although unpublished, and the second version is scheduled for a more complete publication and release in 2020-2021.

April 2020

Title: Evolving a framework for MSD research and modeling that facilitates collaboration
Scientific Steering Group, Facilitation Team and Working Groups

The webinar will be presented by members of the Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and will focus on several aspects of our joint efforts to evolve a framework for MSD research and modeling that facilitates collaboration. Specific topics will include:

  1. SSG and Working Groups: purposes and initial activities
  2. AGU 2020 session planning
  3. White paper/journal article outline and development process
  4. Next opportunity to submit proposals for Working Groups

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November 2019

Title: Using Common Tools to Build Communities of Practice from the Ground Up
Casey Burleyson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Chris Vernon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Casey Burleyson
Chris Vernon

The goal of this webinar was to facilitate an open discussion about how communities can accelerate progress by leveraging a common set of resources. For example, reusing datasets and open-source software to reduce duplication of effort and enhance reproducibility and extensibility. The presenters used two example communities at different stages of development to guide the conversation.
The first example presented was the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) is a well-established, NSF-funded, international effort to develop a suite of modular numerical models able to simulate the evolution of landscapes and sedimentary basins.
The early-stage example presented was MSD-LIVE: The MultiSector Dynamics – Living, Intuitive, Value-adding Environment. MSD-LIVE is a flexible data and code management system combined with a computational platform and set of user interfaces that will enable MSD researchers to document and archive their data, run their models and analysis tools, and share their data, software, and multi-model workflows.

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June 2019

Title: MultiSector Dynamics (MSD) in Complex Adaptive Systems: Community Collaboration
Richard Moss, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Patrick Reed, Cornell University
Erwan Monier, University of California, Davis
Antonia Hadjimichael, Cornell University

Richard Moss
Patrick Reed
Erwan Monier
Antonia Hadjimichael

The first webinar of the MSD Community of Practice gave an overview of the collaboration project and its efforts to facilitate the emergence of a community of MSD researchers.
The webinar reported on the results from the community survey conducted in March 2019, as well as their synthesis in emerging definitions and science questions for the MSD community. The community charter and terms of reference were also discussed.

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