LinkedEarth Logo. Credit: Deborah Khider

A community for the paleosciences

What is LinkedEarth?

LinkedEarth is a community of paleoscientists working to develop standards and software to enable paleoscience in the era of Big Data. This community produces data products and standards, software, cyberinfrastructure, and training opportunities.

LinkedEarth originated in 2016 through a grant from the National Science Foundation EarthCube program. The original goal of the project was to create a platform for the archival of paleoclimate dataset and to centralize the discussion about standardization of these datasets. Since then, the community has grown towards using these standards to build automated tools for the analysis of these datasets and other data products.

There is no formal registration for LinkedEarth. We hope that you will join this growing community because the tools we provide become part of your scientific workflow.

This website contains general information about LinkedEarth. For news and updates, please follow our Medium blog and our Twitter feed.


Core Team

As of 2021, the core team is composed of:

Deborah Khider

Deborah Khider

Information Sciences Institute

University of Southern California

Julien Emile-Geay

Julien Emile-Geay

Department of Earth Sciences

University of Southern California

Nick McKay

Nick McKay

School of Earth and Sustainability

Northern Arizona University


  • Feng Zhu, School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

  • Alexander James, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California

  • Jordan Landers, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California

  • Cody Rouston, School of Earth and Sustainability, Northern Arizona University

  • Michael Erb, School of Earth and Sustainability, Northern Arizona University

  • Daniel Garijo, Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

  • Yolanda Gil, Information Sciences Institute and Department of Computer Sciences, University of Southern California

  • Varun Ratnakar, Karya Limited

Getting involved

To engage with the community, there are three main ways:


The LinkedEarth activities can be grouped under the following:

These four umbrellas gather more specific activities, as seen on the diagram below, and detailed in the various pages of this site.

To stay up-to-date with LinkedEarth activities, subscribe to our calendar.

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LinkedEarth Activities. Credit: Deborah Khider


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