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ESIP Endorsements

As an organization of organizations, we work through our Partner Assembly to endorse guidelines that improve data management.

Many endorsed tools are developed our Collaboration Areas or by our Partners.

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Santa Barbara Charter


The Santa Barbara Charter seeks to broaden participation in environmental data science. Inclusiveness is one of ESIP’s core values. The ESIP Partner Assembly’s endorsement of the Santa Barbara Charter: Broadening Participation in Environmental Data Science is a reflection of our community’s commitment to seeking many voices and perspectives.

Read more about the charter and our commitment to building an inclusive, open community.

Science on


The Partner Assembly voted to endorse new metadata guidance to help make Earth science data more discoverable and interoperable. The endorsement is of the ESIP Cluster’s newly released updates for Science On Schema.Org (SOSO) Guidance Documents version 1.3.0.

Read more about the Cluster’s ongoing work and implementation of their SOSO guidelines.

Data Citation Guidelines


Authored by the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee, the Data Citation Guidelines for Earth Science Data lay out leading practices for improving transparency and openness in data use. One goal of the document: Provide data citation that is meaningful to a human user while keeping data machine-readable.

Read more about the guidelines and the evolving practices of open science, data citation, and machine learning (ML) workflows.

Science Software Guidelines


We recognize the role code plays in contemporary research practices as well as the complex issues community members face when approaching technology-dependent research. The guidelines are based on criteria for research code developed by the Software Sustainability Institute.

Read more about the guidelines and how they help with ongoing software assessment and training.

Earth Science Data Analytics Definition


Earth Science Data Analytics (ESDA) comprises the techniques and skills needed to holistically extract information and knowledge from all sources of available, often heterogeneous, datasets. This paper reports on the ground breaking efforts of the ESDA Cluster in defining ESDA and identifying ESDA methodologies. The ultimate goal is part of the FAIR efforts to make Earth science data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

Read the paper and learn more about the leading practices for supporting the research cycle through improved data management.

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How Endorsements Work at ESIP

From the ESIP Governance – Policies and Procedures:

“As a community-serving organization, ESIP welcomes open discussion of all products, services, and official statements for the advancement of the Earth sciences. From time to time, community consensus is built within ESIP on highly relevant and timely products, services, or issues. These are opportunities for ESIP to make an endorsement, which can help to bring concordance and direction for the benefit of the larger community.

For purposes of this policy and procedure, endorsements would include statements of public agreement or support but do not bind members to subsequent actions. Certain steps and guidelines should be followed to ensure that an ESIP endorsement is warranted:

In general, ESIP will never endorse a commercial product or a particular technology standard. ESIP’s use of a commercial product or standard does not serve as an endorsement. The endorsement of products or services will generally arise out of one of the existing collaboration areas and/or closely align with the mission and strategic goals.”

Here is the ESIP endorsement process:

  • Proposal: Any Partner Assembly representative can submit a product, service, or statement.
  • Review: The Program Committee looks over all proposals and submits their collective opinion to the Partner Assembly.
  • Approval: The Partner Assembly has 30 days to send in comments, then a vote by simple majority determines endorsement.