Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer and community-driven organization that advances the use of Earth science data through meetings and virtual collaborations around 30+ Earth science data related topics.

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 110+ 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.


  • 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.