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ESIP UPDATE: 10.07.2019

Good Morning, ESIP,

Today is the deadline for applications to the 2020 ESIP Community Fellows Program. In 2019, ESIP has been fortunate to have a fantastic class of fellows, who have contributed greatly to their collaborative groups and to ESIP more broadly. Mapping the Language of Machines, the latest Community Fellow blog post jointly authored by Zachary Robbins and Yuhan Rao discusses the most recent ESIP GeoSemantics Symposium. The post is well-timed for us to announce that you can look forward to the next GeoSemantics Symposium to be held just prior to the upcoming ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting, another great reason to register now to join us in Bethesda!

Speaking of the Winter Meeting, session proposals for the Winter Meeting are due in just 11 days on 10/18! I've heard a lot of great session proposal ideas on recent ESIP Collaboration Area telecons.

There is still time to nominate someone (or yourself) for an ESIP Leadership position. We are also still seeking additional nominations for the Martha Maiden Award and the Partner of the Year Award.

Looking ahead to AGU, you still have the opportunity until 10/18 to submit a talk idea  for Ignite@AGU Fall Meeting 2019. On behalf of the ESIP Lab, which will be hosting the event, we are very excited to announce that the event will be held at the Planet Headquarters this year!

Looking for another great read this week? Check out Making Data Matter With Daniel Wieferich.

Have a great week, everyone,


2020 ESIP Winter Meeting | Jan. 7-9, 2020 in Bethesda, MD
Call for Sessions & Registration NOW OPEN!
Learn more at:

Data to Action Webinar Series
What: An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework (GeoEDF) for FAIR Science
 Dr. Carol Song, Senior Research Scientist, Purdue University
When: Friday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description.

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration NOW OPEN!
Registration is now open for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register now through early December to take advantage of early-bird registration rates!

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Call for Sessions NOW OPEN!
The session proposal portal for the 2020 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (Jan. 7-9, 2020) is open now through 10/18. For 20+ years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. We especially welcome session proposals related to our 2020 theme: Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Learn more and submit a proposal by 10/18 here.

More ESIP News 

Making Data Matter with Daniel Wieferich
To celebrate ESIP’s 20+ year existence, Arika Virapongse interviewed ESIP community members about their perspectives on progress toward making Earth science data matter over the last 20+ years. In this installment, Daniel Wieferich shares that his, “data journey has been shaped by my changing perspectives on what data are available, what you can do with data, and how you should go about managing information.” Read the full interview here.

Nominations due 10/15 for ESIP's 2020 Leadership
The ESIP Nominations Committee is hard at work organizing nominations for ESIP's elected leadership offices, with a finalized ballot planned no later than October 15, 2019. The nominations and ballot can be seen here. If you would like to nominate someone for a position (or self-nominate), please send your nomination to as soon as possible. Nominations should provide a bio and statement of interest for the position that includes why the nominee is interested in being part of ESIP’s Leadership. 

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions. Read position descriptions by clicking on position names here. Terms are one year with the option to run for a second term:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Governance Committee Chair
  • Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair
  • Partnership Committee Chair
  • Data Stewardship Committee Chair
  • Education Committee Chair
  • Information Technology & Interoperability Committee Chair
  • Semantic Technologies Committee Chair
  • Three year representative to Foundation Board (1)

Nominate an Individual for the Martha Maiden Award
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture the ESIP Federation into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth Science information community. This award, which is given annually at the ESIP Winter Meeting, honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. Learn more, view past recipients, and nominate a person by 10/31 here.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP Partner of the Year
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for partner organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #4 (Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information). *NEW THIS YEAR*: the award now comes with 2 free ESIP Meeting registrations. Learn more and nominate your own organization or another one by 10/31 here.

Submit a Talk Idea for Ignite@AGU Fall Meeting 2019
The popular science storytelling event, Ignite@AGU, is returning to the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA. On behalf of the ESIP Lab, which has taken over hosting the event this year, we are very excited to announce it will be held at the Planet Headquarters! 
Sponsored by NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and held in partnership with the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and AGU’s Earth Science and Space Informatics Section (ESSI), the event enables scientists to showcase their professional and personal interests through fast-moving, creative presentations. Be bold – it’s the best stage all week! Learn more about the event and how to submit a talk idea here. Questions? Email

When: Wednesday, December 11th from 6-8:30pm
Format: 5 minute talk with 20 auto-advancing slides
Submission Deadline: October 18th
Announcement of Selected Talks: November 1st

Next ‘Data to Action' Webinar: An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework (GeoEDF) for FAIR Science
GeoEDF, an extensible geospatial data framework, aims to lessen and possibly remove such barriers by creating seamless connections among platforms, data and tools, making large scientific and social geospatial datasets directly usable in scientific models and tools. GeoEDF is designed to abstract away the complexity of acquiring and utilizing data from diverse data providers. Extensible data connectors will implement common data query and access a variety of protocols supporting both static and streaming data. Extensible data processors will implement common and domain-specific geospatial data processing such as resampling, format conversion, or a scientific simulation model. A plug-and-play workflow composer will allow users to string together data connectors and processors into reproducible workflows that can be executed in heterogeneous environments. Automated metadata extraction and annotation will be integrated into such workflows, supporting FAIR science through ease of data discovery and reproduction. By bringing data to the science, GeoEDF will accelerate data-driven discovery. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, including its objectives, system design, scientific use cases, and anticipated outcomes. Read the full abstract here.

Who: Dr. Carol Song, Senior Research Scientist, Purdue University
When: Friday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

News from Around the Community

Apply for $300,000 in Grants to Assess the Benefits of Satellites (GABS)
The VALUABLES Consortium is accepting applications for a new funding opportunity called Grants to Assess the Benefits of Satellites (GABS). GABS makes $300,000 available to fund research that quantifies the benefits of satellite data when they are used to make decisions that improve socioeconomically meaningful outcomes for people and/or the environment. The consortium expects to make no more than three awards under GABS, each in the range of $100,000. VALUABLES is a cooperative agreement between Resources for the Future (RFF) and NASA to quantify and communicate the socioeconomic benefits of satellite data applications. Register to join the October 16 informational webinar for GABS applicants to learn more and submit your questions. To review the full request for proposals and apply, visit

AGU Position Statement on Data Now Open for Comment
Data are paramount to the scientific research that drives our economy, health, and security—from monitoring our atmosphere and oceans to tracking short-term extreme weather events to understanding long-term climate change. At the same time, changes in technology, such as improved computing and artificial intelligence, are creating even more vast and complicated data. AGU's revised data position statement makes it clear that for data to serve society, it must be robust, verifiable, transparent, and open. Revisions to AGU's position statement on data was done by a highly distinguished panel of expert scientists and is now open for comment. Comments are voluntary and there is also an option to indicate that you have read the draft and have no comments. Please review here by 10/13.

International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) Founders Scholarship
The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) invites you to submit nominations for the Founders Scholarship. The Founders Scholarship is a new IAMG award. It includes a certificate and a check of 4000 US dollars. The IAMG Bylaws state that, “The Founders Scholarship shall be presented annually to an outstanding student or post-graduate scientist.” However, to avoid overlap with the Vistelius award, preference will be given (in its first year) to an outstanding undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student. For details about prerequisites for nominations, please see the IAMG web site and click on Awards&Honors. Nominations are due by 10/31.

Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum
You are invited to attend the Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum (Nov. 5-7, 2019) at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA. There a growing community of atmospheric and ocean professionals will gather to share advances in data collection, analysis, and our understanding of MetOcean interactions. Discuss how multidimensional data and web apps can put scientific information to work in your organization. Consider the potential of sharing knowledge across these disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Be a part of this growing community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications. Learn more and register to attend here.

LTER Network Call for Working Group Proposals
The data produced at LTER sites are an extraordinary scientific resource that can inform a wide variety of questions. Among-site comparisons interrogate the generality of effects observed at particular sites. Modeling efforts employ long term observations and experiments to formulate and test rigorous descriptions of theory. Scaling exercises get at the continental or even global impacts of documented effects. LTER synthsesis working groups organized through the LTER Network Office (LNO) are intended to support collaboration on these and many other types of questions. In the 2019 competition, the LNO expects to award 2-4 synthesis working groups at a funding level of up to $55,000 per year for up to two years. Proposals must use LTER data, involve LTER people, and involve multiple sites. Proposals may address LTER core themes and be led by non-LTER researchers. Learn more, find out about upcoming informational webinars (8/22 and 9/17), and submit your full proposal by 10/23 here.

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