ESIP Update ūüéČ Thanks for a successful meeting!

The January 2022 ESIP Meeting had >300 attendees and 96 were first-time attendees. 

Data for all people.

The participant map of the January 2022 ESIP Meeting shows the global nature of the Earth science data community. As we continue to explore data ‚ÄĒ from generation to use and understanding ‚ÄĒ let's keep this world in mind and continue to bring in new perspectives, tools, and ideas.

What does that look like? Here are a few ways we can keep the #DataForAll conversations going:
ūüĆé Join the Ignite@AGU virtual watch party: Monday, January 31 at 6 p.m. EST.
ūüĆć Read the summary¬†“How To Not Get Burned: Collaborate on Wildfire Data” about last Thursday's plenary and a wildfire tabletop exercise with USGEO.¬†
ūüĆŹ Provide¬†feedback on the January meeting and help us plan for being in-person this July in Pittsburgh, PA.
ūüĆé Dive into the 2021 Annual Report: We've highlighted stories about ESIP in action. Know a project to feature? Tell us about it¬†
ūüĆć And start conversations with your¬†Data For All t-shirt. The fundraiser ends next Monday.¬†

Your input and participation ‚ÄĒ in the many forms they take¬†‚ÄĒ are what make¬†ESIP the amazing community it is. If you attended the meeting, tell us what worked, what didn't, and what you're looking forward to this summer. Thank you!

Meeting Survey

Collaboration Area Telecons

See you next week for the Meetings Committee and Ignite Virtual Watch Party!

See the full telecon calendar. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description. Please review and follow our community guidelines. 

ESIP Peer Recognition Ceremony

The Zoom chat went wild on Friday as this year's ESIP award winners were announced. And Martha Maiden herself joined the event! 

We'd like to congratulate each winner briefly here and we will be sharing a longer blog post with more info next week. 

  • Martha E. Maiden Award: Chris Lynnes, NASA Goddard DAAC (retired)
  • President's Award: Robert Downs,¬†CIESIN, Columbia University
  • Catalyst Award: Abby Benson, USGS
  • Partner of the Year:¬†Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

Welcome our New Partner: Farallon Institute

The Farallon Institute is our newest ESIP partner! Their research provides the scientific basis for ecosystem-based management practices and policy reforms consistent with a productive marine world.

As an organization of organizations, our partners provide expertise, people, and time so that ESIP can hold the space for open, collaborative gatherings for any Earth science data professionals who want to participate. Learn more:

Welcome the 2022 Leadership

Community is about people. ESIP's elected leaders help create the environment where people and community flourish. Our new leadership members are Amber Budden (Governance Committee), Felimon Gayanilo (Partnership Committee), and Steve Diggs (Data Stewardship Committee).

  • Ken Casey, President¬†| Data Stewardship Division, NOAA
  • Denise Hills, Vice President¬†| Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Felimon Gayanilo, Partnership Committee Chair¬†| Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Amber Budden, Governance Committee Chair¬†| National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
  • Tracy Pilone, Finance Committee Chair¬†| Element 84
  • Mike Daniels, At-large Board Member¬†| National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Cynthia Parr, At-large Board Member¬†| USDA (elected in 2021 for 2-yr term)
  • Lesley Wyborn, At-large Board Member¬†| Australian National University (elected in 2021 for 2-yr term)
  • Steve Diggs, Data Stewardship Committee Chair¬†| Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Carla McAuliffe, Education Committee Chair¬†| TERC
  • Derek Masaki, Information Technology and Interoperability (IT&I) Committee Chair¬†| USGS
  • Brandon Whitehead, Semantic Technologies Committee Chair¬†| Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research

New 2021 ESIP Annual Report

You may notice some changes. We've shifted to include more stories, photos, and include more financial information. Transparency and celebrating our community are central to ESIP, which we showcase in the 2021 Annual Report. 

Also, we'd like to highlight our two photo contest winners:

  • Janet Chapman, Crowd2Map Tanzania
  • Julien Chastang, UCAR

You can see their images and more from our sponsors NASA, NOAA, and USGS alongside stories of “ESIP in Action” throughout the report.¬†

Data Viz of the Week

Check out how much ESIP has grown over the years! 

This line might change as we shift to a new membership database, which we hope will make connecting and communicating easier for partners, voting reps, and ESIP participants. 

Worth a read…

Or a view. Here are the videos we featured last week while waiting for the plenary talks to kick off:

Tune in…

Sustainability and AI Webinar Series
Leading thinkers at the intersection of sustainability and AI delve into powerful tools that could open new paths for humanity to embrace sustainability. The series is hosted by the Boston University Hariri Institute and participants can register via Eventbrite for the Zoom webinars. 

  • Monday, January 31st 11am ‚Äď 12pm ET,¬†Mike Chen, Head of Sustainable Investments, PanAgora, ¬†“NLP for SDGs: Measuring Corporate Alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals”
  • Friday, February 4th 11am ‚Äď 12pm ET,¬†Claire Monteleoni, Associate Professor, Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder, ¬†“Deep Unsupervised Learning for Climate Informatics”
  • Monday, February 7th 11am ‚Äď 12pm ET,¬†Aisha Walcott-Bryant, Senior Technical Staff Member and Research Manager, IBM Research Africa, “AI‚Äôs Potential for Healthcare to Mobility in Africa‚ÄĚ
  • Friday, February 11th 11am ‚Äď 12pm ET,¬†Panel Event and Public Q&A, all 3 speakers

Marine Biological Data Mobilization Workshop (Due Jan 30)

Remember to register for this hands-on, virtual workshop focused on mobilizing marine biological observation datasets to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) by helping data providers standardize their data using Darwin Core including species observations from any type of sampling methodologies. Bring a dataset to work on and plan to dive deep into R, Python, and GitHub.

The workshop is jointly hosted by CIOOS, IOOS, MBON, OBIS-USA, and OTN and provides a Contribution to the UN Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the Marine Life 2030 Decade Action. You do not need to be registered for Ocean Sciences to attend this workshop.

FAIR for US Workshops (Due Feb 15)
The series of four workshops (Feb 15, Feb 17, March 1 and March 3) is designed to gather broad community input for a scoping report that will outline goals for a five-year target: What are achievable aims for implementing the FAIR principles across the academic, governmental, and non-governmental (NGO) R+D ecosystem?

The SDSC and the U.S. GO FAIR Coordination Office welcome applications from domain scientists, non-governmental research organizations, and research administrators involved in data service delivery.

Check out…

Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring Funding (Due March 25)
Inspired by the Air Quality Cluster's summer hackathon? Then apply for or share the EPA's grant competition for community monitoring. The deadline  was extended and applications are due by March 25, 2022, 11:59 PM EST. Applicants may email questions to

NSF Call for FAIR and Open Science (Due April 12)
Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable Open Science Research Coordination Networks (FAIROS RCN) has a call out for proposals. The FAIROS RCN program seeks to create three-year Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) which will foster catalytic improvements in scientific communities focusing on FAIR. 

NASA Science Data Processing (Due Feb 1)
A new NASA Request for Information (RFI) seeks input from commercial and non-commercial organizations with demonstrable expertise in processing scientific data or comparable datasets as well as implementing successful open science approaches. This is an opportunity to shape the next generation of Earth observing missions that are currently in development. Read more about the project.

Job Opportunities

Join ESIP Slack and check out the #job-opportunities channel.
You'll find positions like:

  • head of engineering, World Resource Institute,¬†responsible for building the backend running impactful platforms such as Global Forest Watch, Resource Watch, and Aqueduct.
  • program systems engineer, Carbon Mapper,¬†part-time role to help support¬†airborne pilot programs already demonstrating impact on regional methane emissions
  • data scientist, Carbon Plan, remote position that¬†applies¬†cutting edge data science tools to tackle big climate problems
  • fellowship, US Forest Service, to be stationed at the PNW Research Station to study post-fire monitoring with mentoring by Jessica Halofsky, Director of the Northwest Climate Hub and¬†Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center






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