Frequently asked questions from around the Federation. If you have other questions not answered here, feel free to leave a comment below or email

1. What is the ESIP Federation?

The ESIP Federation is a broad-based, volunteer community comprising researchers and associated groups that produce, interpret and develop applications for Earth and environmental science data. The ESIP Federation provides a venue to facilitate connections, collaboration and innovation across the science, technology and applications communities.

2. What does the ESIP Federation do?

The ESIP Federation is involved with many things, all of which are related to the distribution, accessibility and use of Earth science data. The ESIP Federation, as a community, convenes through many subgroups to address technical and scientific problems that impact or impede the flow or use of data.

3. Can non-US entities join the ESIP Federation?

Yes. While the ESIP Federation is funded by several US federal agencies, its interests are broader than working only with data generated by US entities.

4. How can my organization join the ESIP Federation?

The ESIP Federation has a well-established process for reviewing membership applications. The application can be found on the ESIP Federation website. A completed application is reviewed by the Partnership Committee and the community at-large.  A formal vote of the ESIP Federation Assembly is taken to approve memberships. Depending on when the application is submitted, the process can take 3-6 months.

5. Do I have to be a member to participate in ESIP activities or attend meetings?

ESIP Federation activities are open for participation. Membership affords organizations a role in governance, the ability to hold elected office within the ESIP Federation and discounted attendance at meetings.

6. How is the ESIP Federation funded?

The ESIP Federation is funded by NASA, NOAA and EPA under a variety of grant mechanisms.

7. Does the ESIP Federation provide funds to outside organizations?

 The ESIP Federation indirectly funds its members through activities that its communities undertake on behalf of the community. It is not a direct grant- making organization. 


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