The cultural capital development describes the advances in nonmaterial aspects of the research infrastructures and research landscape. The research infrastructures do not only consist of physical instruments, produced data, or people handling them. A significant—for some cases the main—part of the research infrastructure is the development of methods, policies, and concepts needed for successful research endeavors. Without such developments, the goal of having integrated and complete understanding of the earth system cannot be realistically achieved. The following are the key developments and actions we suggested:
- • Disseminating the idea of a common goal in the earth system sciences: Publication of the strategy and goals of the European environmental research infrastructures
- • Building the culture of open research: Requirement of open data access as the standard clause in any public science funding, common and widely used data citation mechanisms and citation indices, taking data publication and citation as a key parameter for merit determination in research infrastructures
- • Standardize the language and terminology: Harmonization of terminology within the earth system sciences, establishing standards for scientific data including contextualization, and developing and implementation of machine-readable documentation and licensing standards for the earth system data
- • Enlarging the view: Integration efforts between the earth system communities, and toward including human activities on the earth system analyses and databases
- • Organizational framework: Establishing coordination structure of environmental research infrastructures, dissemination of the standard model of the planet idea to scientists, funders, and end- user groups.