ESIP at a Glance

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) is an open, networked community that seeds innovation, develops best practices and advances technologies across broad-based, distributed communities of science, data and information technology practitioners. The ESIP Federation acts as an intellectual commons to expose, gather and enhance in-house capabilities in support of participating organizations own mandates. In this forum, ESIP community members work together on interoperability efforts across Earth and environmental science, allowing self-governed and directed groups to emerge around common issues as the need for them arises. These efforts catalyze connections across organizations, people, systems and data allowing for improved interoperability in distributed systems. By virtue of working in the larger community, ESIP members experience the network effect, which enables more coordinated cyberinfrastructure across domain-specific communities. The ESIP Federation's status as a leading collaboration network has made it the go-to place to forge consensus on emerging data-related topics. 

ESIP at Length

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) is a broad-based, distributed community of data and information technology practitioners who come together to collaborate on coordinated interoperability efforts across Earth science communities. Participation in the ESIP Federation allows members to expose, gather and enhance their own in-house capabilities in support of an organization’s own mandates. Ultimately, these collaborations enhance the success of data interoperability efforts. The ESIP Federation has a 17-year record of working on Earth science interoperability solutions that connect distributed and heterogeneous communities through the application of broad community technical expertise.

As an organization, the ESIP Federation optimizes collaboration through in-person meetings and virtually through collaboration space on the Web. Partners utilize these neutral forums for knowledge exchange and collaboration – an intellectual commons of sorts – where practitioners solve common problems. This community-based approach is discipline neutral, with the technology solutions supporting science by improving discovery, access, integration and interoperability.

Created by NASA in 1998, the ESIP Federation was formed in response to a National Research Council recommendation calling for the involvement of community stakeholders in the development of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) as a critical element of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Since its inception, the ESIP Federation has continually grown and attracted a diverse group of partners, which now includes more than 170 member organizations. The ESIP Federation’s members include federal data centers, government research laboratories, research universities, education resource providers, technology developers, and various nonprofit and commercial enterprises.

A community-driven organization, the ESIP Federation is an independent forum for addressing topics of interest to many in the Earth science data and technology community. Participation in the ESIP Federation is open to organizations involved with Earth science data who wish to work across communities to expose, gather and enhance in-house capabilities in support of their organization’s own data management programs that promote their broader agency mission.

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ESIP Vision Pillars

In 2011, the ESIP Federation leadership held a mid-course review and identified additional priorities (2020 Vision Pillars) for the Federation. These are:

  • ESIP is the trusted community authority that supports the integration of science and data into mainstream use.
  • ESIP achieves sustainability through diversification, global partnerships and partner recognition.
  • ESIP provides the Earth science informatics intellectual commons to drive innovation.
  • ESIP leads the development of science data information professionals.

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