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Welcome to the Data Help Desk

We connect Earth science researchers and data experts to enhance research and make data and software more open and accessible.

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Do you have data-related questions? Are you looking to make your data and/or software open and FAIR? Are you interested in tools and resources for working with your data or for finding data to reuse? The Data Help Desk is here for you!

We Connect Data Experts & Researchers


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Data Help Desks Held

Upcoming Help Desks

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EGU 2024 Open Science & Data Help Desk

April 14-19, 2024 | Vienna, Austria

The Open Science and Data Help Desk held at the EGU General Assembly is hosted by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Join us in in person to connect with experts to enhance Earth science research and make data and software more open and FAIR.

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Connects 2024 Data Help Desk

September 22-25 | Anaheim, California

The Geological Society of America (GSA)’s Geoinformatics and Data Science Division provides GSA members with an opportunity to participate in the emerging field of cyberinfrastructure.

Schedule - TBD
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AGU2024 Open Science & Data Help Desk

December 9-13, 2024 | Washington, D.C.

The Open Science and Data Help Desk held at the AGU Fall Meeting is hosted by ESIP and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Stay tuned as we plan this year’s help desk and open science activities!

Schedule - TBD

What is the Data Help Desk?

Bringing people together is what ESIP does. The Data Help Desk specifically connects domain scientists and data experts to share knowledge, tools, and workflows.

Data Help Desks are held at various Earth science conferences, including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the European Geophysical Union (EGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and Geological Society of America (GSA).

Often housed in the Exhibit Hall, the Data Help Desk is led by volunteer data experts who share their time and wisdom with students, domain scientists new to data management, and anyone interested in learning more about leading practices in open science.

Many volunteers contribute demos, one-pagers, and recordings to help make Earth science data more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). Many volunteers and their topics of interest are connected to the ESIP Lab and ESIP Collaboration Areas.


Total Data Help Desks have taken place at conferences including AGU, EGU, AMS, and GSA.


Volunteer experts in ESIP’s Slack answer data and software questions during and beyond events.


The average cost of a booth at most scientific conferences is one of the biggest program costs.

The impact of the Data Help Desk is more than the sum of dollars or number of tools. Its power is connection.

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Past support for the Data Help Desk

The Data Help Desk is currently unfunded and a volunteer-driven effort. We think it can be much bigger. Here are some of the organizations and agencies who have supported past Data Help Desks.