ESIP Update: 2 Days to Early-Bird Registration Deadline, Diversity Scholarships, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 06.28.21


Just 2 days left to register in time for the early registration discount for the ESIP Summer Meeting! We are grateful this year for the generous sponsorship of Esri, Microsoft, and Element 84 in addition to our longstanding federal partners of NASA, NOAA, and USGS. The entire ESIP team is hard at work to ensure that ESIP will again be one of the most engaging and interactive online meetings you attend this year! The best part of an ESIP meeting is YOU, the people! Please help us spread the word to ensure we have the right people “in the room” to advance your work! 

We all know that diversity helps to build strong resilient communities in both the natural world and in our communities. Help us spread the word about an opportunity to bring new students and early career professionals who identify as Black, Latino or from Indigenous Communities to ESIP. We are offering up to 15 meeting scholarships to the ESIP Summer Meeting. Applications must be received by this Friday July 2nd. 

Have a great week, 


Susan Shingledecker
ESIP Executive Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; Meetings; Partnership
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate
  • Wednesday: *ESIP/RDA Physical Samples Webinar*; Soil Ontology & Informatics
  • Thursday: Disaster Lifecycle
  • Friday: Machine Learning

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

ESIP Meeting News

ESIP Summer Meeting: Early Registration Closes THIS WEDNESDAY (6/30)
Registration is now open for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, ONLINE), which will have the theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. The meeting will be another jam-packed week of plenaries, community-contributed breakout sessions, networking opportunities, FUNding Friday, and much more. Check out the full meeting agenda and register here.

Registration Support for Black, Latino, and Native American Early Career Participants
As part of ESIP’s on-going commitment to increase the diversity in the ESIP community, we are pleased to continue our program to offer complimentary registration to the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting for up the 15 students and early career professionals who identify as Black, Latino, or Native American. Graduate students, recent graduates (within 5 years of graduation) and students in their final year of an undergraduate degree in a related field are eligible to apply. Please apply HERE by Friday July 2nd, 2021.

Other ESIP News

Innovation Webinar: Data System & Software Development Challenges at Airborne Snow Observatories Webinar Recording Now Available
If you missed last week's webinar about data system and software development challenges at Airborne Snow Observatories Inc. (ASO), a start-up born out of a NASA JPL research program given by Evan Burgess (Lead Data Scientist at ASO), you can now check out the recording on the ESIP YouTube Channel at

Joint ESIP & RDA Physical Samples Webinar: Supporting Reproducibility by Capturing Physical Sample Data and Metadata in a Connected Electronic Lab Notebook (6/30 at 10 am ET)
The ESIP Physical Samples Cluster & the RDA Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem Interest Group are collaborating on a joint webinar series that will kickoff on 6/30 at 10 am ET. Learn more and register for the first installment:

Cloud Computing Cluster Telecon: NOAA's Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) API (*TODAY* 6/28 at 1 pm ET)
Join ESIP's Cloud Computing Cluster today, which will feature an invited presentation given by the team from NOAA's Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) API. Find connection details on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

SeREEn Initiated by Semantic Tech Committee to Raise Awareness of & Collaboration Between Semantic Efforts
The Federation of Semantic Resources for Earth and Environmental Science (SeREEn Federation, or SeREEn) is being developed to improve awareness of and collaboration between the many, scattered semantic resources emerging in the domain of Earth and environmental science. The first action of the SeREEn Federation is to compile an easily maintainable and open registry of such semantic resources as an attempt to better understand:

  1. Which resources are under active development and what topics they address,
  2. Which resources are mature and, in contrast, which are in alpha or beta stage,
  3. Where resources are housed and/or accessed,
  4. Whether the resource is available under a reusable license,
  5. Whether the resource is operational-grade (persisting across many projects and stable enough to build systems on) or research-grade, and
  6. Whether it includes standard metadata about the ontology.

The SeREEn Federation is an activity of the ESIP Semantic Technologies Committee. It is in its infancy. All are welcome to contribute by joining in the monthly telecon held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4 pm ET. Find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

More News

USGEO Request for Information and Public Virtual Dialogues on Commercial Earth Observations and Geospatial Data and Services Practices
The United States Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) is preparing a document containing best practices for Federal government procurement of commercial Earth observation and geospatial data and services, per the 2019 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. Information from private sector providers and users; academia, and the public is critical to this effort. Additional information is available at the USGEO website and in the 25 May 2021 Federal Register Notice. We also welcome written comments by 30 June 2021. Details on submitting written comments are in the Federal Register Notice.

CODATA Connect – Data Science Journal Early Career Essay Competition (due 8/31)
CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network in collaboration with the CODATA Data Science Journal (DSJ) is pleased to invite to its second Essay Competition for Early-Career Researchers (ECR), defined as a university undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students or early career researchers/ data professionals within five years of completing their highest qualification. CODATA Connect exists to ensure a structural and sustained collaboration and support for the activities of the alumni of CODATA-RDA Summer Schools, of the CODATA China and Trieste Training Workshops and other early-career researchers and data professionals involved in the CODATA community and those of partner organizations. Topic for the Essay: “Challenges and Benefits for governments and industry involvement in the Open Data Initiative.” Learn more here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Software Citation, Indexing, and Discoverability (due 7/16)
Software is increasingly essential to research. It can be viewed as both a tool to be recorded (for reproducibility) and cited (for credit) as a part of scholarly research works, as well as an output of research that can be used, reused, and further developed. Making this happen effectively leads to challenges in how it is cited, indexed, and discovered. These include challenges relating to: software metadata; identifiers for software and their relationship to those of other research objects; the role of other stakeholders such as indexes, libraries and registries; fostering adoption; development of related tools; and the role of the FAIR principles in this space. This special issue will focus on recent work addressing these challenges. Learn more here.

Job Opportunities Channel in the ESIP Slack Workspace
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lively channel in the ESIP Slack where community members can post and view current job opportunities, like the one posted below. Please feel free to peruse and add openings you are aware of. To find the channel, join the ESIP Slack workspace and then join the #job-opportunities channel.

Around this time of year, ESIP Community Participants often suggest AGU Fall Meeting sessions they think others should submit an abstract for. To avoid an overload of individual messages on this topic, please see this list of recommended sessions that have been shared so far and feel free to add to this list! Note: the abstract submission deadline is August 4th, 2021.

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