The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2016 Winter Meeting will occur from January 6-8 in Washington, DC. The meeting theme is Earth sciences big data, which was chosen by the ESIP community to facilitate professional development opportunities, increase exposure and promote dialogue among ESIP community members on the many facets of big data and how they pertain to the Earth and space sciences.

Those unable to attend the meeting can watch the plenary sessions and main events via YouTube. The following sessions and events are available; click the links to watch.

ESIP 101
Wednesday, January 6, 7:45 a.m. EST

ESIP Community Director Annie Burgess covers the basics of ESIP and introduces what the ESIP community does, who participates and how.

Plenary Session: The Value of Big Data
Wednesday, January 6, 9:00 a.m. EST

The era of big data in the Earth sciences is upon us. The terabytes of data now collected by Earth observing technologies present unique opportunities and challenges for data storage, management and access technologies. Plenary speakers will address how to improve the use of Earth and space sciences big data.


Kerstin Lehnert, Director, Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Gavin Schmidt, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Patrick Meier, Next Generation Humanitarian Technology and Robotics
Rafael Ameller, Chief Technology Officer, StormCenter

Federal Big Data and Earth Science
Thursday, January 7, 11:00 a.m. EST

Speaker: Steve Adler, Chief Data Strategist, IBM

State of the ESIP Federation
Friday, January 8, 8:00 a.m. EST

ESIP Federation President Peter Fox will review community highlights and achievements.

About ESIP
The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a community of innovative science, data and information technology practitioners. ESIP members catalyze connections across traditional institutional and domain boundaries to solve critical Earth science data stewardship, information technology and interoperability issues. Through this work, ESIP improves Earth science data management practices and makes Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, policy makers and the public. Learn more at or follow @ESIPfed on Twitter.

Rebecca Fowler, Communications and Outreach Director