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 is a venue that helps this community facilitate connections, collaborations and innovation across the science, technology and applications communities.

2. What does the ESIP Federation do?

Our work is related to the distribution, accessibility and use of Earth science data to advance understanding of our planet. The ESIP Federation, as a community, addresses technical and scientific problems that impact or impede the flow or use of Earth and environmental science data.

3. Can non-U.S. entities join the ESIP Federation?

Yes. The ESIP Federation is funded by several U.S. federal agencies, but its interests are broader than working only with data generated by U.S. entities.

4. How can my organization join the ESIP Federation?

The ESIP Federation has a well-established process for reviewing membership applications. More information on how to join ESIP, and the application, are here. Completed applications are reviewed by the ESIP 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 between three and six months. There is no cost to join.

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

No, anyone can participate in ESIP Federation activities and meetings. Membership in ESIP entitles organizations a role in governance, the ability to hold elected office within the ESIP Federation, discounted attendance at meetings and seed funding for projects. 

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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