ESIP Winter Meeting Updates and Lab HighlightsWe look forward to seeing lots of you at the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting. All funded Lab projects will be there!

ESIP Lab Update: January 2018 

Highlights from your favorite virtual Earth science tech lab.

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Happy new year! It was wonderful to see so many of you at AGU last month. If you missed our presentation about the ESIP Lab and the work with USGS around data provenance, you can find the slides here.

As for next week's ESIP Winter Meeting, it will still go on as planned even if the current government shutdown continues and we hope that you will still be able to join us in-person. If you cannot, all meeting events will be streamed for remote participation and recorded for viewing at a later time, so we encourage you to take part still.

In particular, check out the following sessions that focus on Lab-funded projects:

Updated refund policy for federal civil servants only: if you must cancel your registration, refunds will be issued less a $50 processing fee. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to
Annie Burgess
Director, ESIP Lab

Building a SpatioTemporal Feature Registry

The government may be shutdown, but we still have a fantastic line-up of plenary speakers for next week's meeting!

Tuesday Plenary: live-stream Link
Lesley Wyborn, Australian National University
Christina Bandaragoda, University of Washington
Dan Pilone, Element 84, Inc.

Thursday Plenary: live-stream link
Tom Arrison, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Mark Parsons, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Heather Joseph, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Challenge Highlight: Humpback Whale Identification

After centuries of intense whaling, recovering whale populations still have a hard time adapting to warming oceans and struggle to compete every day with the industrial fishing industry for food.

To aid whale conservation efforts, scientists use photo surveillance systems to monitor ocean activity. They use the shape of whales’ tails and unique markings found in footage to identify what species of whale they’re analyzing and meticulously log whale pod dynamics and movements. For the past 40 years, most of this work has been done manually by individual scientists, leaving a huge trove of data untapped and underutilized.

In this competition, you’re challenged to build an algorithm to identify individual whales in images. You’ll analyze Happywhale’s database of over 25,000 images, gathered from research institutions and public contributors. By contributing, you’ll help to open rich fields of understanding for marine mammal population dynamics around the globe.

Learn more about how to participate here.




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