ESIP at a Glance

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a non-profit, volunteer and community-driven organization that advances the use of Earth science data through meetings and virtual collaborations around topics such as data stewardship, information technology and interoperability, and application areas like disaster response, climate, energy and agriculture.

ESIP has developed substantial collaboration tools and infrastructure to support this work. We use these tools to facilitate connections across traditional boundaries—organizations, sectors, disciplines, systems and data—allowing our partners and participants to leverage their collective expertise and technical capacity to address common challenges related to Earth science data. Our initiatives and collaborations result in knowledge, and the development of standards and best practices that make data discoverable, accessible and usable by scientists, decision-makers and the public. ESIP’s status as a leading collaboration network has made it the go-to place to forge consensus on emerging data-related topics.

The ESIP community is made up of researchers, data managers, funding agencies, and others who facilitate the distribution of data, and provide products and services related to Earth observing applications. Together, this community works in ESIP’s collaboration areas to improve the creation, management and distribution of Earth data.

ESIP at Length

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a community of data and information technology practitioners who come together to collaborate on coordinated interoperability efforts across Earth science communities. Participation in ESIP allows our partners to expose, gather and enhance their own in-house capabilities in support of their organization’s own mandates. Ultimately, these collaborations enhance the success of data interoperability efforts. ESIP has an 18-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, ESIP 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, ESIP 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, ESIP has continually grown and attracted a diverse group of partners, which now includes more than 180 member organizations. ESIP partners include federal data centers, government research laboratories, research universities, education resource providers, technology developers, and various nonprofit and commercial enterprises.

A community-driven organization, ESIP is an independent forum for addressing topics of interest to many in the Earth science data and technology community. Participation in ESIP 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.

ESIP Vision Pillars

In 2011, ESIP leadership held a mid-course review and identified additional priorities (2020 Vision Pillars). 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.