How We Work


The ESIP Federation is governed by its Assembly, a body representing all partner organizations. Each partner (member) organization has 1 vote in the Assembly. The Assembly annually elects its leadership - a President, Vice President, ESIP Type Representatives, and Committee Chairs. The leadership collectively serves on the Executive Committee, which governs the ESIP Federation between annual Assembly business meetings. Professional staff support is provided through the Foundation for Earth Science and works closely with the Executive Committee throughout the year.

The collaboration areas within the ESIP Federation are accommodated through Committees, Working Groups and Clusters. These three approaches allow for both formal and informal activities to be accommodated. The collaboration structure provides for great flexibility and efficiency in addressing emerging topics. The Committees, Working Groups and Clusters groups are supported with a suite of collaboration tools (web conferencing, teleconferencing, wikis, etc.) to improve a group’s ability to collaborate in a virtual environment.

Relevant governance documents are linked below and include a ConstitutionBylaws and Strategic Plan.

ESIP 101 - ESIP Basics

As the ESIP Federation has grown in size and scope of activities, many new faces have been drawn into its community. An ESIP primer – aka ESIP 101 – has been created as an introduction for all-things ESIP.  The presentation includes information on:

  • ESIP Federation activities
  • History
  • Opportunities for involvement
  • Becoming a partner.

The recorded session took place at the Summer ESIP Federation Meeting in July 2011. (ESIP 101 Slides)  

ESIP 101 from ESIPFed on Vimeo.

ESIP 202 - Using the ESIP Platform

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