CISL Seminar Series- Sophie Hou

06/30/2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
ML- Main Seminar Room

 Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET) – Building Community Informed and Driven Data Services

Sophie Hou



Being able to enable and facilitate scientific progress by providing advanced computing capabilities has been a focus for NCAR, especially through CISL. Additional developments of dedicated technical infrastructures for supporting data-related activities, such as visualization, analysis, processing, and transformation, have also been prioritized. However, in order to meet the diverse existing and emerging data needs from the scientific community, data services must integrate human and organizational services with technical developments. Data services have a better chance to be accepted and used by the target community if the community members are represented and consulted during the design and implementation process. The NCAR’s Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET) was created to design and implement comprehensive NCAR digital asset search, discovery, and access. To achieve this challenging task, cross-organizational participation and communication are essential, including having representatives and stakeholders from the NCAR science and technical divisions to leverage the expertise of both groups. The goal of DSET is to ensure that feedback from users is built into the process, and ultimately, enable data services, including the technical infrastructures, to be developed in alignment with the community’s research and data needs.


Bio: Sophie Hou (, profile) is the Data Curation & Stewardship Coordinator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). At NCAR/UCAR, Sophie focuses on providing dedicated support, engagement, and training for questions and issues that scientific researchers might encounter when working with data (including software tools and model codes). Additionally, Sophie collaborates with and participates in both internal and external data curation-centric communities and activities, including NCAR Data Stewardship Engineering Team, to help share experiences and key lessons learned, especially those relating to data management infrastructures and best practices. Sophie has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with the specialization in Data Curation from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and prior to joining NCAR, Sophie's previous Bachelor and Master of Science degrees and professional work experience were in the field of Electrical Engineering.


Friday, June 30, 2017

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room