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ESIP Update: Summer Mtg Recap! + 2015 dates/locations | Strategic Plan Input | ESDIS Job Opps, Open Science Codefest & Call for RDA Student Fellows
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ESIP Update: 8 Days to ESIP! | No Telecons for July | Job Opps, OpenNEX Challenges & RDA Fellows Program
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ESIP Update: EarthCube All-Hands this week | Six new members approved | Final Summer sessions and poster abstracts - Fri, 6/27
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ESIP Innovator Interview: Kaitlin Thaney - Making research more like the web

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Kaitlin Thaney is the Director of Mozilla’s Science Lab and an open science advocate. Her work in this space began with John Wilbanks building the science wing of Creative Commons (formerly known as “Science Commons”)....

ESIP Update: Welcome to new FES staff, Cheryl Levey | Meeting notes - Jeff Morisette's Plenary & Drupal Lab | Job Opps, SciDataCon & CODATA Prize
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Member Highlight: DataOne

The goal of DataONE is to enable new science and knowledge creation through universal access to data about life on Earth and the environment that sustains it. To achieve this DataONE provides a resilient, scalable infrastructure using Member Nodes (data repositories), Coordinating Nodes, and an Investigator Toolkit to support the data access and data management needs of biological...

ESIP Update: Early Registration ends June 11 & Visioneers Today on Winter 2015 Theme | News from GCMD & EarthCube
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EarthCube: Call for Input on Governance Framework

EarthCube is a community-led NSF program to advance partnerships, collaborative platforms and knowledge networks across the Earth, ocean, atmosphere and polar sciences so that scientists can more easily do the science they want and need to do through improved access, visualization and sharing data within and across disciplines. One of the 15 prototyping projects, the EarthCube Test Governance Project, is determining an appropriate governing system for EarthCube by engaging multiple, diverse...

Around the world with our student fellow: From Namibia to Reading to the State Department

My experience as an ESIP student fellow has been wonderful.  Erin has provided excellent support for involvement with the ESIP community, and my association with the Disaster Cluster, co-chaired by Karen Moe and Emily Law of NASA-GSFC and NASA-JPL, respectively, has been very rewarding.

For me, 2014 has been a hectic and exciting year so far.  I have racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles, with more to come.  Here is a breakdown of how things have been going.


Member Highlight: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)

The NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) is one of twelve Earth science data centers in the NASA Earth Observing Data and Information System (EOSDIS). SEDAC provides access to socioeconomic data, focusing on its integration with remote sensing...

ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Highlights & Room Block Cut-off, June 5 | Microsoft Azure on Today's Cloud Computing Call | Job Opps @ NSIDC, CIESIN
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Member Highlight: The HDF Group

The mission of the HDF Group is to develop and maintain high quality software for managing large complex data, to provide outstanding services for users of these technologies, and to insure effective management of data throughout the data life cycle.  HDF refers to “hierarchical data format” and the software that makes it...

Announcing the Spring 2014 Testbed Projects

In late February, the 2014 Testbed Request for Proposals( was released to the ESIP community. The RFP provides funding and other support to small, innovative and collaborative projects that benefit the ESIP community through the ESIP Testbed.

The ESIP Testbed is a forum open...

Want to give a lightning talk at the ESIP Summer Meeting?

As you know, the ESIP Summer Meeting theme is "Linking It Together: Sustainable SoftwareAdvancing Science Data and Services". With that in mind part of the plenary session will be curated set of Ignite style talks. Ignite (, a concept created by O’Reilly Media, provides presenters a strict presentation...

ESIP Nominations to get more direction

Since its first election, the ESIP Federation has relied on its members as a whole to nominate candidates for officer positions. Members have been generally reluctant to self-nominate, and often too busy to get nominations for all the positions by the deadlines, leaving staff to hustle last-minute nominations for Federation leadership openings.
As the Federation grows in numbers and diversity, the time has come for a more guided approach to nominations. The proposed nominations...

Member Highlight: NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)

The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) was established in 1961 and has served the Nation with unmatched expertise in the scientific stewardship of marine data and information.  NODC's unique blend of oceanographers, computer scientists, data managers, and librarians know that good decisions are based on good data.  Acquiring and archiving ocean data from all over the world and...

ESIP Update: May Committee Updates, Member Highlight: UAH's ITSC | GeoData 2nd Call for Participation, NASA Job Opp, EarthCube Input Needed
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Five Things Friday #1 - Dear Colleague, RAMADDA 1.6, CLEAN, Data Carpentry and Review ESIP Partner Apps

Happy Friday! This is a short post of five links that might be of interst as you head into your weekend: 

1. NSF's Dear Colleague Letter - Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution

The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program invite collaborative workshop and exploratory research (EAGER) proposals in the following...

Member Highlight: Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC) - at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC) - at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and directed by Dr. Sara Graves. ITSC is a university research center specializing in basic and...
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ESIP Update: 8 weeks to ESIP Summer Meeting! | Last week to review new ESIP member applications | #scicomm, CIMSS and #agvocacy on the blog
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Livestock identification, traceability and a thing called agvocacy

Yes, you read that right - Agvocacy. It is a conglomeration of agriculture and advocacy. A term coined by a farmer in Ohio to put a name to an activity that is happening right now via social media outlets.

AgChat, a foundation to support dialogue and interaction among farmers in the online environment provides a good definition for the term - as a channel to engage consumers and to connect groups of individuals who feel strongly about...

Member Highlight: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) was established in 1980 within the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) to formalize and support research between NOAA's...

Communicating Science on Social Media: A Google+ Hangout with Jessica Rohde

What do science, social media and a hero's journey have in common? These are the cornerstones of Jessica Rohdes' Social Media for Science Education initiative. Jessica is a Science Communication Specialist with the University of Washington’s Engage program.

Using the popular Google+ Hangouts tool, Jessica (@RockyRohde) joined ESIP Student Fellows and ESIP’s...

ESIP Update: Yolanda Gil & Dan Katz confirmed for Summer Plenary | New EnviroSensing Cluster | 3rd Climate Assessment out tomorrow & Job Opps
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Software citations, Gypsy Science, and Beer

Software citations, Gypsy Science, and Beer

At the end of March, the NYTimes Magazine had a great feature about two brothers that are “gypsy brewers” -  they dream up beers, but outsource all of the actual brewing.

Mikkel, the brother most famous in the USA, put it this way:

            “I don’t enjoy...

Member Highlight: Rensselaer's Tetherless World Constellation
The Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a constellation of multidisciplinary researchers who study...
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Introducing the new EnviroSensing Cluster - Documenting best practices for sensor networks and sensor data management

Rapid advances and decreasing costs in sensor technology, wireless communication, data processing speed, and data storage capacity have enabled widespread deployment of environmental sensing systems. Basic environmental processes can be continuously monitored in habitats ranging from very remote to urban, providing information in unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution. Although research questions that may be answered based on these data are very diverse, the design process,...

ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Registration Open! | Cloud Telecon today 1-2:30 ET, Eucalyptus | Last call for ESIP Testbed Proposals
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ESIP Student Fellow - Summer Highlights!

One of our other fellows, Kelly Monteleon, posted about her summer travel plans last week ( and it made me pause and think about my own.  I love summers as a student.  Normally I do a lot of traveling – conferences, visiting friends I don’t see year round, and research.  This summer will be similar but a bit different.  I am working on my dissertation proposal and it means I have to turn down a lot of...

Member Highlight: GLOBE

The GLOBE Program

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is an international science and education program that connects a network of students, teachers and scientists from around the world to better understand, sustain and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional and global scales. GLOBE engages students in hands-on learning through scientific measurement protocols and supporting learning activities. GLOBE teachers guide their...

ESIP Update: Partnership Apps for Review | Drupal Telecon - Wed, 3 ET w/ CivicActions | News from EarthCube, GEO, NASA AIST solicitation & more!
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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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