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ESIP 2014 Summer Meeting – Recap and Resources

ESIP 2014 Summer Meeting – Recap and Resources

The 2014 ESIP Summer Meeting took place July 8-11 at the beautiful Copper Mountain Resort, located at an elevation of 9,700 ft. in Frisco, Colorado. The meeting, themed “Linking It Together: Sustainable Software Advancing Science Data and Services,” offered a multitude of activities for everyone in attendance. We had 300 people at the meeting, 36 more attended remotely, at least 5 co-located meetings (LTER, DataOne, HDF, OPeNDAP and Software Carpentry), 84 breakout sessions with well over 100 contributors and a jam session. Wow!

Information on all sessions, including recorded presentations, can be found at

Distinguished research scientists, undergraduate/graduate students, young professionals, ESIP Student Fellows and first time attendees alike basked in the sunshine and alpenglow, indulging in educational and recreational opportunities.



  • Dining in the Copper Mountain base area
  • Taking a chairlift ride to the mid-mountain “Lift and Lunch” at Solitude Grill
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking on the mountain or on local paved trails
  • Dining in Frisco

Two special events took place at this year’s summer meeting.

ESIP Jam Session


Organized by Jeff de La Beaujardiere, the 1st Annual ESIP Jam Session took place at the Incline Bar & Grill in the Copper Mountain base area. The music flowed as smoothly as a mountain stream, with meanders and a few rapids thrown in. Music Jam Session audio files are here.

FUNding Friday

On Thursday night at the Incline Bar and Grill, myself along with other ESIP students and members shared good ideas and ultimately collaborated to propose an innovative science data idea using the power of a poster. ESIP provided all the poster supplies for the FUNding Friday Ideas Jam. Winning proposals are eligible for awards up to $5,000 (member proposals) and $3,000 (student proposals).

Then, on Friday morning, ESIP attendees had a chance to view the posters constructed Thursday night and after hearing from the presenters, vote on the projects they would like to see funded.  This year, we had 6 student proposals and 4 member proposals. We were all surprised and humbled when we were told after voting that ESIP would be funding all of the projects!

Winners will be funded to attend the ESIP Winter Meeting in Washington D.C., January 7-9, 2015 where they will present a poster showcasing their achievements toward their proposed project goals over the past six months. What an exciting opportunity for students to learn about proposal funding and project management!

A collection of pictures from the Summer Meeting can be found at

Additional information and discussion can be found on @ESIPFED’s Storify: 2014 ESIP Summer Meeting or by searching the hashtag #ESIPFed on Twitter

The next ESIP Meeting is the Winter Meeting in Washington D.C., January 6-8, 2015.