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Upcoming Events: From the SAA Conference to Documentation Hack-a-thon

As the semester starts to conclude, the spring season of travel and chaos descends.  Between now and the summer ESIP meeting, I will only be home for a few short breaks (to do laundry).  This series of trips starts April 23-27 with the Society for American Archaeologist Annual Conference in Austin, TX and ends with the ESIP summer meeting in Frisco, CO.  (There is a month long detour in the middle for field research in Alaska.) 

Society for American...

ESIP Update: OPeNDAP Dev Workshop @ESIP Summer | March Committee Reports | News from BESSIG, EarthCube, GEO and NASA
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Member Highlight: OPeNDAP


OPeNDAP is both the name of a non-profit organization and the commonly-used name of a protocol which the OPeNDAP organization has developed. The DAP protocol provides a discipline-neutral means of requesting and providing data across the World Wide Web. The goal is to allow...

ESIP Update: Summer session deadline extended - 4/20/14 | Testbed RFP - Submit your ideas! | SciDataCon call for presentations
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Participate in Phase 7 of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot!

Written by Bart De Lathouwer, Director, Interoperability Programs, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

On March 10, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat published a Call for Participation in Phase 7 (year 7) of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-7). The AIP-7 kickoff is tentatively scheduled for May 1st in the afternoon (CET) at the GEO Work Plan...

Member Highlight: NEON

About NEON: The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation charged with designing, constructing, and maintaining NEON under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. 

Interesting project:  NEON is a continental-scale Observatory for understanding and forecasting...

ESIP Update: Thank you, Carol! Cloud Computing, today 1 ET | C4P & Geodata announcements
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Member Highlight: BCO-DMO

The Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO; was formed in late 2006 with funding from the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Geosciences Directorate Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), with additional funding contributed in 2010 to support...

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) – How Can You Use and Leverage CLEAN’s Resources and Tools

By Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Anne Gold, Sean Fox


The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN, effort has 1) created a rigorously reviewed collection of education resources that address climate and energy science, 2) developed a process for reviewing science education resources that can be engaged to include your climate and energy resources in the CLEAN Collection or leveraged to be applied to educational...

ESIP Update: Call for Summer Meeting Sessions & Testbed Projects, Presidential Innovation Fellow App - 4/7, New OGC Discrete Global Grid WG
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Tips for Creating Great ESIPFed Meeting Session Proposals

With just under one month away from the ESIP Summer Meeting session proposal deadline (4/13) I thought I would share some tips and ideas on creating a successful meeting session. I love these tips from the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) and thought many apply to ESIP sessions. 

Who can submit? Anyone. ESIP meeting sessions can be submitted by both those affiliated with an ESIP member organization or...

ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Call for Sessions 4/13 | Around the Federation - DataOne, EarthCube, PODAAC Job, GEOSS AIP-7 CFP
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EarthCube Workshop @ ESIP - data-oriented and human-centric EarthCube enterprise architecture

This EarthCube conceptual design project is focused on developing a data-oriented and human-centric EarthCube enterprise architecture for achieving the EarthCube goal to be a community-driven activity that transforms geoscience research and education.  This project seeks to design a conceptual architecture that can bring geoscientists, computing scientists, and social scientists together to collaborate on networks of data, technology, applications, business models, and stakeholders,...

American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting Recap

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) took place February 2-6 in Atlanta, Georgia, a city that has experienced – within the last five years – devastating drought, a tornado in the central business district, and a 200- to-500 year flood event. The meeting theme, “Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment:  New Perspectives Opportunities, and Tools...

Member Highlight: Knowledge Motifs

Founded in 2009, Knowledge Motifs LLC is a consulting group offering a wide-range of services based on over twenty years of experience working within the information industry.  With experience  in institutions ranging from bricks and mortar and digital libraries, archives, and data centers to international standards organizations, non-governmental organizations creating scientific data, commercial and open source...

ESIP Update: Last call for new ESIP member apps | EarthCube CD Workshop @ ESIP CFP | EC3 Field Forum App Deadline TODAY
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Member Highlight: Unidata

Unidata is a diverse community of education and research institutions with the common goal of sharing geoscience data and the tools to access and visualize that data. For more than 25 years, Unidata has been providing data, software tools, and support to enhance Earth-system education and research. In an era of increasing data complexity and multidisciplinary...

Top 5 FAQ's about the ESIP Testbed - Request for Proposals out!

The ESIP Products and Services Committee with the ESIP Testbed Configuration Board are seeking proposals for innovative, collaborative projects that demonstrate technology, build upon research, test out protocols, standards, etc., or… what is your great idea that you’d like to work out through ESIP’s incredible network of knowledge and experience?  We want to hear it and consider supporting your team! Here are a few common questions: 

  1. What is the ESIP Testbed? ...
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ESIP Update: Testbed RFP, Drupal Opps | Job Opps @UNAVCO | NOAA Big Data RFI | American Energy Data Challenge
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Introduction to the 2014 ESIP Student Fellows - Part II!

ESIP Student Fellows are a group of graduate students that are interested in working in cross-discipline activities that further the development of Earth science technologies that improve the flow of data bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science and applying research to real-world problems. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group on current Earth Science...

Member Highlight: GCMD

NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) holds more than 29,000 Earth science data set and service descriptions, which cover subject areas within the Earth and environmental sciences.  Our mission is to assist researchers, policy makers, and the public in the discovery of and access to data, related services, and ancillary information (which includes descriptions of...

Drupal Telecon tomorrow, 2 ET - DEIMS, a Drupal profile to serve and manage ecological data
Hello fellow ESIP Drupalists,
We are excited to announce the next telecon scheduled for (TOMORROW) Wednesday, February 26th at 2pm CST. 
Presenting are Inigo San Gil (LTER Network Office), Jason Tallant (University of Michigan Biological Station), and Dave Reid (Lullabot) on:
DEIMS, a Drupal profile to serve and manage ecological data.
The Drupal Ecological...
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DrupalCon Austin 2014 - Enter to win ESIP travel support!
Do you or one of your team members work with Drupal? Or would they like to know more about Drupal? The ESIP Drupal Working Group has the opportunity to sponsor two(2) ESIP members to attend the upcoming Drupalcon Austin 2014 conference ...
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ESIP Update: Collab Area News, DICE Highlight | Job Opps: RDA & Boise State | GMU EarthCube Conceptual Design Workshop - CFP
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ESIP Innovator: Ignite@AGU 2013

This month's innovator post is a bit different from the other interviews. This month we are highlighting the talks given at Ignite@AGU back in December. 

NASA's Applied Sciences Program -- in partnership with AGU's Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) group and the ESIP Federation --  co-...

Member Highlight: DICE Center
The DICE Center promotes the development of data grid software infrastructure that is used to support collaboration environments, federation of community resources, and reproducible data-driven research.  The iRODS integrated Rule Oriented Data System enables institutional repositories, regional data grids, national digital libraries, and international collaborations...
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ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Call for Sessions - Due by April 13 | RDA Data Curation Study | DataOne Summer Internship Application
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ESIP Summer Meeting - Call for Participation & Save the Date!
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ESIP Meetings, Juggling and Deadlines

The ESIP Federation has become the go-to place for tackling Earth science data and technical challenges. One area where this is particularly evident is at the ESIP meetings – the breadth and number of sessions proposed, the increasing and diverse attendance and the feedback from sponsors, members and even newcomers that ESIP meetings are among the most productive (if not THE most productive) gatherings they attend.

After every meeting we ask: “What improvements do you have for future...

Introduction to the 2014 ESIP Student Fellow!

ESIP Student Fellows are a group of graduate students that are interested in working in cross-discipline activities that further the development of Earth science technologies that improve the flow of data bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science and applying research to real-world problems. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group on current Earth Science...

ESIP Monday Update: Visioneers meeting today, 1 ET | ESIP Collab Area Telecon time changes | ESSI award nominations requested
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ESIP Monday Update: Summer Theme Ideas | IT&I rant/rave on #ipython | #AMS2014 & CalDigLib Data Pub Survey
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ESIP Monday Update: Visioneers Today - 1 EST! | Products & Services 1st Call - 2/18 | CORRECTED DataOne Survey Link
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ESIP Innovator: Roberto De Almeida

This is the second installment in the ESIP Innovator series. This interview is with Roberto De Almeida, PyDap creator and recently, Ocean Data Engineer at MarinExplore. Rob's background is as a Ph.D. oceanographer and climate scientist, but he became a tool developer to reduce hurdles that scientist face - very ESIP! For more on his bio, ...

ESIP Update: Spatial Cloud Computing book sale supports Raskin Scholarship | DataOne Survey and Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery Initiative
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ESIP Federation Celebrates 15 Years of Making Data Matter at Winter Meeting


Peter Fox
President, ESIP Federation

Carol Meyer
Executive Director, 


ESIP Monday Update: Federation Elects 3 New Partners | 2014 ESIP Leadership | Tons of ESIP-relevant opps in DC | Summer Meeting in Frisco, CO
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Federation for Earth Science Information Partners Elects New Officers and Committee Chairs

The Federation for Earth Science Information Partners elected officers to its executive committee for 2014. The new officers start their terms, January 10, 2014, at the conclusion of the ESIP Federation’s Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Peter Fox, Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will serve as President and Emily Law, Science Data Systems Manager at NASA/JPL will serve as...

Three New Members Elected to Federation of Earth Science Information Partners


Karl Benedict
President, ESIP Federation

Carol Meyer
Executive Director, Foundation for Earth Science

January 9, 2014, Washington, DC —The Assembly of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) announced that it elected three new partner organizations at its winter meeting in Washington, DC. ESIP Federation partners work globally to provide a venue for cross-domain, -sector and -agency communities to...

ESIP Monday Update: Evaluation Pre-Workshop Survey Request | 2013 Highlight Request | IMCW2014 Call for Sessions
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ESIP Monday Update: Kevin Ashley, DCC added to Winter Plenary | ESIP Leadership Elections start this week | EarthCube BCube Kick-off
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ESIP Monday Update: 2014 Winter Meeting Early Reg Deadline Dec. 10 | ESIP @ AGU | ROSES 13 Amendment
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ESIP@AGU - A quick guide to Earth Science data and informatics events (official and non-official!)
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ESIP Monday Update *Correction*: 2014 Winter Meeting | Ag/Climate & Education calls both TOMORROW)
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ESIP Monday Update: 2014 Winter Meeting
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ESIP Monday Update: New ESIP Member Apps | Musical ESIP meeting opp | KML Review by ESDIS Standards Office | Thank you to ESIP Leaders!
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ESIP Innovator: Andrew Collette

Today is the Boulder Earth And Space Science Informatics Group's book launch event for Andrew Collette, a research scientist at the University of Colorado-Boulder, creator of H5Py and most recently the author of a new book, "Python and HDF5: Unlocking Scientific Data."  Andrew will give the BESSIG talk today on, "Improving Science with Open Formats and High-Level Languages: Python and HDF5". The...

Correction: Visioneers at 1 ET Today
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ESIP Monday Update: Visioneers today, 2 ET | Leadership Nom Due Dec. 1 | Google doc for response to National Plan for Civil Earth Obs.
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ESIP Monday Update: Looking for photos from ESIP's Past | Maiden Nomination period extended to Nov. 15 | Join the Ag & Climate call tomorrow!
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