About ESIP

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by NASA, NOAA, USGS and 130+ member organizations.


To be a leader in promoting the collection, stewardship and use of Earth science data, information and knowledge that is responsive to societal needs.


To support the networking and data dissemination needs of our members and the global Earth science data community by linking the functional sectors of observation, research, application, education and use of Earth science. 


ESIP is a neutral platform committed to a culture of teamwork and collaboration.


We value and recognize the voluntary work done by our many partners organizations and individual contributors.


ESIP is committed to equality and maintain a collegial working environment.


We encourage creativity and novel ideas that enhance our community, and the use of Earth science data and information.


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 120+ partner organizations. ESIP partners include federal data centers, government research laboratories, research universities, education resource providers, technology developers, and various nonprofit and commercial enterprises.

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.