Monday Update

2011-09-26: Winter Meeting Theme/Abstracts| Nominations Open for Martha Maiden Award | Notes from the Federation

A lot packed into this week's update: 

  • Winter Meeting - Theme and details on session abstract submission
  • Call for Nominations for the 2012 Martha Maiden Award  
  • News from Around the Federation -  (Student DataViz Challenge; Call for Nominations for ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award)
Two quick housekeeping notes: (1) Links to all list-servs and workspace are located on the Collaboration Area page of the website. (2) For telecon information visit the website telecon page or subscribe to the Google Calendar (call-in details are listed here too). 

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Winter Meeting
The ESIP Winter Meeting will be January 4-6, 2012 at the Renaissance DuPont Circle. Last week the Visioneers picked the theme: "Connections Through Collaboration: Engaging Community throughout the Data Life Cycle." 
This will be the first meeting that we will have a review panel for session selection. Submit your ideas using the Google form found on the website. The form is live now and will close, October 21. Priority will be given to groups that are collaborating across cluster areas. 
2012 Martha Maiden Award - Call for Nominations
Nominations are invited for the 4th annual Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community. Established in 2009, to honor the many contributions made by Martha Maiden to the Earth science data & information community, this annual award provides recognition to a member of the ESIP Federation who has demonstrated long-standing service to the community. The Award is presented at the 2012 Winter ESIP Federation meeting in Washington, DC.
For a full description of the award, including instructions on how to make a nomination and for past winners, visit: Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

News from around the Federation: 
From Steve Young, EPA - DataVisualization Student Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration/Bureau of Transportation Statistics is sponsoring a data visualization challenge to encourage students to create data visualization tools to help transportation decision makers.

All contestants who are citizens of the United States or permanent residents that are currently enrolled at an accredited public or private university or college, or community, junior or vocational college may enter.  The two best overall submissions will be honored at the 2012 Transportation Research Board’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 22-26, 2012.

Authorized travel expenses will be paid for one member of the winning submission to attend the conference and present their work. In addition, each of the two winning submissions will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.  Entries are due by October 31, 2011. Please direct interested people to for official rules and additional information. If you have any questions, please direct them to our challenge coordinator, Jenny Guarino <> Include in the subject line: DataVisualization Student Challenge

From Bill Teng, NASA - Call for Nominations for ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award - November 1st

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is requesting nominations for the newly created ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA).  The purpose of this Award is to recognize developers of breakthrough technology which causes major advances in the practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information systems in the United States.  The Award is made solely to an individual or plurality of individuals jointly.  The Award is not made to companies, agencies, bureaus or associations.  However, their personnel are eligible as individuals to receive the Award.

Nominations must be submitted to the ASPRS OTAA Committee no later than November 1, 2011to be considered for this year’s award.  Self-nominations are allowed.  The achievement must be recent, but need not have occured within the year prior to the award as it is recognized that the significance of critical contributions may not immediately become evident. 

The OTAA Committee, a panel of judges composed of the ASPRS President and the Directors of the ASPRS technical Divisions, will convene to critique each nomination, with the final award winner to be determined by mid December.

Feel free to pass this notice along to others who might be interested in submitting nominations.For complete information on nomination requirements and the rating guidelines to be used by the judges, please go to









2011-09-19: StrataNY Conference | EarthCube Ning | Science: Becoming the Messenger NSF Workshop

A few notes from around the data science community this week: 

1. Brian Wee posted last night about the Strata NY Conference being streamed live. A quick look through the agenda, shows that there are lots of talks this week that may be of interest such as Data Science and Building Data Teams, this afternoon and Aneesh Chopra is talking tomorrow afternoon on Government and Big Data
2. Peter Fox shared the NSF EarthCube Ning site. The goal of EarthCube is to transform the conduct of research in geosciences by supporting the development of community-guided cyberinfrastructure to integrate data and information for knowledge management across the Geosciences. Some interesting discussions have been started in the groups, like threads on Data Lifecycle Management as a Service and  Data Interactive Publications (by ESIP member, Ben Domenico, Unidata). 

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Oct 11 2011 7:30AM to 6:00PM 
Morgantown, West Virginia 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a workshop, "Science: Becoming the Messenger" on October 11, 2011, at the University of West Virginia, Morgantown, West Virginia.We are extending an invitation to principal investigators (PI), early career researchers and engineers, graduate students and postdocs from institutions and universities in West Virginia who would like to learn to communicate effectively to a broad audience.

Telecons this week 

Earth Science Collab (12 EDT), Visioneers (1 EDT) - Today; Info Quality - Tuesday; Energy/Climate, Partnership - Thursday. 

Federation News: If you have announcements you'd like added to the Monday Update, please email by Friday afternoon. Monday Updates are now available via RSS feed, if you'd like to get these updates in your reader. 

2011-09-06: Data Intensive Ideas (Moore Foundation) | New ESIP Members | P&S RFP

Several news worthy notes from around the Federation: 

  • The Moore Foundation is interested in ESIP community feedback on where to invest in data-intensive science.  This is the last week to contribute ideas and a great way to identify yourself to the Moore Foundation as an expert in the field. Moore will follow-up on helpful contributions. Contributions can be made by submitting a new idea or commenting on an idea already submitted. 
  • The ESIP Federation selected four new member organizations: Arizona Geological Survey, Data Conservancy, Ozone and Atmospheric Quality Processing Team, Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network. 
  • Products and Services Request For Proposals - Attached is the brief RFP describing the latest approved Testbed activities and providing an opportunity for ESIP members to propose to implement the functionality.  We hope to move the Testbed toward being a more robust and useful asset for the ESIP community so welcome everyone's participation. Information about current current Testbed activities is available at Contact: Ken Keiser (

Telecons this week: IT & I (details), Wed, 2 pm EDT 






2011-08-16: Survey, Partnership Election, and Other Random Odds/Ends

Here with the Monday Update a day late. Yesterday I was driving back from Dallas after squeezing in one last quick, summer vacation. 

A few notes for the week: 
1a. Last call for Summer Meeting Survey responses. We value feedback. 
1b. The ESIP 101 session was recorded and that has been posted
2a. ESIP Reps please vote in the Partnership Election
2b. Everyone else these are the newest organizations interested in joining ESIP
3a. We have a telecon calendar with call-in/web details for all calls. 
3b. Products & Services will meet tomorrow 2 EDT (Agenda: Testbed Architecture, Testbed RFP, Advisory Board)
3c. Visioneers are having their first call for the Winter Meeting, Monday, 8/22, at 2 EDT. 
4. Carol and I will be at the USGS Community for Data Integration meeting this week in Denver.  
5. If you are planning to be at the OGC meeting or the FOSS4G meetings in Denver in September, would you send me an email?

ESIP Education and Outreach

This week the ESIP update theme is education and outreach. 

ESIP Student Fellows: This week I am excited to share the ESIP Student Fellowship application. ESIP Fellows will be graduate students or post docs with a research interest that aligns to one of the clusters, work groups or committees. If you have any feedback on the application, would like a student fellow for your group or know of students that would be ideal candidates please let me know!
Sally Ride Workshop Follow-up Webinar: Tonight, we are excited to host the Sally Ride Workshop Follow-up Webinar: Staying Connected to Climate Change  at 7 EST. Learn more about climate data resources during this 1-hour webinar featuring demonstrations of web-based activities and a peer-support network to keep current on tools to teach climate change science. The call will feature CIMSS, MyNASAData and the ESIP Teacher Wiki. 
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With support from NOAA, the ESIP education committee will host regional science teachers at a workshop in conjunction with the ESIP summer meeting where they can learn about efforts to study and steward our planet.Educators can register for the event (and reserve a $200 stipend) by visiting

Summer Meeting 2011 | Genesys Telecon Phase Out - March 31

The ESIP Summer Meeting in Santa Fe is coming together around the theme of data and information quality. The meeting will start on Tuesday, July 12 with an afternoon of technical workshops. The meeting will continue through Friday, July 15. A few meeting updates

  • If you are planning on having a workshop or breakout session please fill this form out, even if you've already discussed this prior. Throughout the meeting there will also be a some space set aside to accomodate emergent meetings. 
  • Do you have ideas/suggestions for the upcoming meeting? Visioneers meet today, 2 EST. This call is open to all and is a great way to get your ideas incorporated into the meeting. If you can't attend, you can also send Bruce, Carol or me a note with suggestions and will bring them up. Note new telecon #: Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-669-3239 Attendee access code: 231 287 57
On the topic of new telecon #'s, we will phase out the Genesys telecon numbers on March 31. All cluster, work group and committee chairs should have new call-in information for the WebEx system. If you would like to do a test run of this new system, I'm happy to do test calls. 

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#JPEQ Follow-up | Call for Papers - EIM | Summer Meeting Planning | New P&S Chair

1. Thank you to all who sent (or added to the wiki) links to Earth science resources pertaining to the the Japanese earthquake that happened on Friday.  Contributions came from Pacific Data Center, IRIS, Scripps Oceanographic Institute, NOAA, USGS, JPL/CalTech and others. A wiki page was set up as a first step. Any ideas on increasing the collaborative harvesting of resources would be great. Right now it is just a list of data, a potential next step could be analysis/synthesis. Maybe real-time decision support?

2. There were two notes this week about the Environmental Information Management 2011 Conferencecall for papers and birds of a feather. For details see the EIM website
3. Summer Meeting - If you have a technical workshop idea for the summer meeting please let Rahul Ramachandran ( know as soon as possible. There is a wiki page for open meetings ideas as well. The Visioneers group is currently meeting every two weeks with the next call, next Monday at 2 EST. If you have ideas this is a great way to get them incorporated. 
4. Products and Services Committee has a new chair, Ken Keiser, UAH. Their first telecon this year will be this Wednesday, March 16 at 2pm EST. 

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Visioneers| Data Preservation | GeoData 2011

1. Visioneers: Visioneers call is today, 2 EST (see below for call-in details). Bruce Caron has added awiki page on the open meeting day.   

2. Data Preservation, telecon Wed, 3/9, 3 EST. Curt Tilmes has done a lot of work cleaning up the wiki page for this group. Be sure to check out their wiki space. 
3. GeoData 2011: This past week USGS and NSF convened a workshop on Life Cycle, Citation and Integration of Geo-Data. Eric Rozell, a grad student at RPI, gave a great recap of the workshop on the RPI blog.  
A couple of questions were raised that I thought would be interesting to pose to the larger group: 
Can you give concrete examples of science being transformed by cyberinfrastructure?
* What are three things we could tacle around data citation, integration and life cycle by next year? 
Stay tuned to the ESIPFed twitter feed if you are interested in hearing about #DrupalCon this week. 

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ESIP is... | Pasadena Meet-up

It is hard to believe we are at the end of February. A few updates from around ESIP for the week: 

1. WebEx: ESIP is migrating from GoToMeeting to WebEx for audio and web conferencing. Be on the look out for new numbers for your usual telecons. 
2. Pasadena Dinner (2/25 or 2/26): Several ESIP-ers will be in Pasadena for the Sally Ride Workshopthis coming weekend. I was thinking it would be fun to meet up with those of you that live in the area for dinner. If you are in the area, here is a doodle poll to pick a night.  
3. ESIP is ... What is your 1-2 sentence description of ESIP? We are working on a booth and the designer threw this question out to me and I thought it would be good to get some community input. 

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Summer Theme and #ESIPFed tag

Federation news this week: 

1. The theme for the 2011 Summer Meeting will be "Data and Information Quality". If you want to be involved in meeting development, join the Visioneers call, post ideas on the Facebook page or send Bruce Caron an e-mail ( 
2. Telecons this week: Visioneers and Visualization Clusters meet today at 2pm.Education committee meets Thursday, Feb. 17 at 2 EST. 

3. Last call for content: Feb/March Newsletter content is Feb. 18 and Sally Ride Climate Education resources is Feb. 21. 
For more up-to-date news, check the Twitter feed. Also feel free to share content with ESIP using the #ESIPFed hash tag. If you have announcements you'd like to go out in this weekly e-mail, please send them to me by Sunday night. 

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