This announcement may be interesting to the geonews community. Earth Cube is a very ambitious initiative. I did not see Open Source considerations explicitly mentioned. Some experts should review the announcement and develop the story for presentation on slashgeo ---Dale
From: National Science Foundation Update <[email protected]>
Date: Sep, Thu 29 2011 10:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Earth Cube Guidance for the Community
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[Editor's note: to provide a bit more context, here's a snippet of the pdf:
"EarthCube will be the transformative vehicle to address the scientific drivers in the GEO Vision document: 1) Understanding and forecasting the behavior of a complex and evolving Earth system; 2) Reducing vulnerability and sustaining life; and 3) Growing the geosciences workforce of the future. EarthCube is inspired by the vision of a national cyberinfrastructure in CIF21."]