ESIP Update: 2 Weeks to ESIP Summer Meeting, Making Data Matter with Denise Hills, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 07.01.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

Welcome to July and to the two week countdown until the ESIP Summer Meeting! With nearly 300 people registered thus far, it is sure to be an action-packed week and we thank you in advance for your contributions to it.

If you’re looking for some great reading this week, check out Making Data Matter with Denise Hills, the latest installment in the Making Data Matter Interview Series. Also, as part of the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, Annie Burgess, ESIP Lab Director, was invited to share the story of how ESIP is advancing knowledge of Earth-system science. Read the full blog post, ESIP: Promoting Innovation for Earth Science Data.

As you may have noticed, the Monday Update now contains a section featuring AGU Fall Meeting sessions (due 7/31) that ESIP community members have requested be brought to your attention. I would like to highlight in particular 2 sessions focused on the power of creative storytelling and personal narratives to help others connect to Earth observations research and why such work matters for the economy, society, public health, and more. Many in the ESIP Community may be interested in these topics and many of you likely have a lot to share.

  • PA007 – Bringing Science Down to Earth: Using Creative Storytelling and Multi-Channel Outreach to Advance Awareness and Use of Earth Science in Communities Worldwide
  • PA043 – Profiles in Science: Using Relatable Stories and Personal Narratives to Spark Scientific Intrigue

More details can be found in the AGU Fall Meeting section below. As always, if there is something you would like us to share in a future Monday Update, do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great week, everyone! 

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Ag & Climate; Envirosensing; Community Ontology Repository
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry

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

More ESIP News 

Making Data Matter with Denise Hills
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 the 6th interview in the series, Denise Hills shares her thoughts, including her excitement “about data that we might not think are connected, but as an aggregate might help us understand more about the world around us by breaking down silos across disciplines.” Read the full interview here. If you would like to share your perspective, let us know at

Next ‘Data to Action' Webinar: ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights
The ESIP ‘Data to Action' Webinar Series will take a break in July for the ESIP Summer Meeting. We will reconvene after July, however, with the ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar, a number of fast-paced lightning talks summarizing meeting outcomes and next steps. Check to catch up on past webinars.

News from Around the Community

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Announces GEO Individual Excellence Award
This award will be presented to up to 3 individuals in in 2019 who have demonstrated exceptional personal commitment to the GEO Mission and whose work has had tangible impact. Examples of accomplishments for which individuals may be recognized could include: being instrumental in generating energy within a community that has led to significant progress or achievements; using creative and innovative approaches to achieve collaboration; overcoming administrative, political, institutional or structural barriers to advance the goals of a community; engaging or mentoring youth; advancing a diverse and inclusive GEO. Nominations due by 7/31. Learn more here.

Second Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Workshop on Remote Sensing Data Interoperability
The ARD Workshop, which is supported by Radiant.Earth, will take place August 5-7th in Menlo Park, CA at the USGS Menlo Park Campus. The workshop will discuss interoperability between commercial data sources of imagery and public datasets. In particular, there will be presentations on different approaches to data harmonization with an emphasis on determining standard approaches and practical recommendations on standards for Analysis Ready Data. The workshop is open to technical staff in commercial EO data providers, government agencies like USGS, NASA and ESA, as well as data analytics providers, researchers and NGOs. Space is limited, please use this form to apply.

NEON Science Summit (October 15th-17th, 2019; Boulder, CO)
The NEON Science Summit will convene current and prospective users of data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to explore major questions that can be addressed at continental scales. At this workshop you will further your understanding of NEON data products and their potential use, connect with other NEON data users, and help drive questions in ecology and environmental science. This meeting will be conducted in an ‘unconference style,’ which allows participants to drive the agenda, creating substantial freedom in themes and approaches. This workshop will be great for early careerists who are looking to expand their network to colleagues at other institutions working on similar research questions. Learn more and apply here by 7/22. Limited travel funds are available. Remote participation is also an option.

NASA Earth Science Data System Working Group focused on exploring JSON Encodings in Earth Observation Coverages Requests Input on Discussion Paper
The NASA ESDWSG that is exploring JSON encodings in Earth observation coverages has produced a discussion paper. The discussion paper, available as a Google Doc or downloadable here, is meant to spark an interactive discussion on the topic, not a formal review of the paper (i.e., focusing on content, not grammar). Please provide feedback by 7/31 either by requesting access to comment on the Google Doc or sharing feedback with the EOSDIS Standards Office at

The Fourth Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop: Enhancing Knowledge with Giovanni
The 4th Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop will take place as 4 hour-long Webinars, on 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, and 7/24, all at 2 pm ET. The webinars will describe how Giovanni can be used in different ways to enhance scientific knowledge. All webinars will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Learn more and register to join here. Upcoming webinars:

  • July 10: Using Giovanni for Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET); Sean McCartney and Dr. Amita Mehta, NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program
  • July 17: Giovanni in 2019, and the New Images Selected to the Giovanni Image Hall of Fame; Dr. James Acker, NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
  • July 24: Using Giovanni and R to Analyze Data in an Undergraduate Remote Sensing Class; Dr. Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University

Apply Now for Gateway Focus Week (Sept. 9-13 in Chicago)
Gateway Focus Week (formerly Science Gateways Bootcamp) will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as portals, virtual research environments, hubs, etc.).

  • Leave behind day-to-day tasks to tackle big questions that will help your team articulate the value of your work to key stakeholders.
  • Create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan.
  • Walk away with proven and effective strategies in everything from business and finance to cybersecurity and usability.
  • Network, collaborate, and establish relationships with others doing similar work.
  • Do it all at minimal cost (currently, participants only pay for travel, lodging, and a few meals).

Apply by 7/19 here. This opportunity is offered by the Science Gateways Community Institute. Send questions to

RDA's 14th Plenary Meeting in Helsinki, Finland
RDA's 14th Plenary Meeting (Oct. 23rd – Oct. 25th, 2019) will bring together data experts in research, industry, and policy-making from all around the world and from all disciplines under the theme Data Makes the Difference. With this theme, the meeting will address the extensive potential of research data in improving decision making, tackling grand societal challenges, and engaging citizens in the creation of knowledge and betterment of society. Data has enormous and diverse potential to change how we work, make decisions and empower citizens. The 14th RDA plenary will explore the extensive ways data can make the difference by bringing together diverse group of experts from all around the globe. The Call for Sessions has closed, but the Call for Posters has been extended to 7/18. Learn more here.

World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open
The WDS Data Stewardship Award is awarded annually to celebratee the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the involvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations. Starting this year, nominations are open to any scientific organization, group, body, union, or otherwise; however, WDS Members are especially encouraged to send recommendations if you know of an early career researcher who deserves to have their accomplishments recognized. Learn more and nominate by 7/29 here.

CU Boulder Earth Data Analytics Professional Certificate
If you're looking to gain skills in Earth data science and scientific programming, this nine credit professional certificate program provides fundamental skills required to work in the rapidly growing field of earth data science. Graduates will be prepared to launch or advance careers as data scientists, data analysts, GIS/geospatial analysts, remote sensing scientists, or product managers, among other careers. The certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced earth science professionals, and career changers. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate here. This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. Priority applications are due by TODAY (7/1), with the final application deadline being 8/12. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

Register for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI)
FSCI is a week-long program of coursework, group activities, and hands-on training around the latest trends in scholarly communication to be held Aug. 5th-9th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Courses feature the latest technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, current standards and expectations, and explores ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship. Who should attend? Researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and post docs from across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Learn more, register, and apply for travel assistance here.

ESIP Community Members suggest you consider submitting to the following AGU Fall Meeting sessions. To avoid an overload of individual messages to the ESIP-All Mailing List, we will share sessions here in the Monday Update each week.

  • ED023* – Earth Data Science Education: Training Earth Scientists for Interdisciplinary Work on New and Emerging Approaches; this session will focus on pedagogy and teaching that incorporate data science methods in Earth Science curricula. Potential topics include data wrangling, data integration and assimilation, machine learning, Semantic Web, augmented reality, visual analytics, or any other data-driven problem-solving method.
  • IN006 – Scalable Cloud Optimized Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for Earth Science Big Data and Analytics; this session will focus on Earth observations that are service oriented and distributed via geographic information systems (GIS) in the cloud, especially as coupled with 3D/4D visualization/analysis and machine/deep learning.
  • IN019Data and Information Services for Interdisciplinary Research and Applications in Earth Science; This session seeks presentations to describe current Earth science data and information service activities for interdisciplinary research and applications, including tools or data services, existing or in development. Presentations addressing specific needs and challenges of handling big data with machine-learning or natural language processing, including access to findable and relevant data for training purposes and service development, are highly encouraged.
  • IN029 – Exploration and Importance of Data Usage Metrics and Altmetrics; This session invites presentations on various data-usage metrics and altmetrics for research studies and/or applications, including  community adoption of usage-based metrics, standards for recording and exchanging usage data, uncertainties for compilation of usage data sets, and  understanding of the whole concept of usage metrics.
    IN035Making Data Uncertainty Information FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; this session seeks to discover solutions (from conceptual prototype to operational) that intend to make uncertainty information for all varieties of Earth science data FAIR and targets open-source solutions of varying types, e.g., web tools/services, documented practices/policies, metadata standards, data recipes, software packages, community repositories/hubs, cloud-based analytics, etc.
  • IN038 – Near Real-Time/Low Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications; this session seeks contributions that demonstrate the benefit of near real time/low latency scientific or social media data, discuss innovative real time analysis approaches including machine learning and big data strategies, decrease data delivery latency, or identify gaps in current capabilities.
  • PA007Bringing Science Down to Earth: Using Creative Storytelling and Multi-Channel Outreach to Advance Awareness and Use of Earth Science in Communities Worldwide; Creative storytelling helps showcase the many ways that Earth science provides societal benefits and improves decision making in myriad sectors and communities. Multimedia-rich stories, interactive websites, social media and media outreach deliver tailored stories that make Earth observations and data relatable to new audiences, and to potentially inspire new users. This session explores creative approaches that make clear the value and relevance of Earth observations to specific geographic locations or communities of interest through a range of channels, engaging communications techniques, and content. This session invites papers that address storytelling and content development that tailors or translates Earth science concepts, systems, and projects to communities or particular audiences.
  • PA043Profiles in Science: Using Relatable Stories and Personal Narratives to Spark Scientific Intrigue; From a young age, stories are how we understand new concepts and navigate the world around us. In particular, personal narratives help connect audiences to the story of science and its impact on the economy, society, and our health. Stories that blend the human experience with technical explanations told across written, oral, and visual platforms spark interest and emotion among global audiences. They are relatable and memorable. This session provides both a range of approaches for crafting personal narratives in scientific pursuits and a forum for attendees to present or appreciate such blended stories. The session invites papers that present tools, models, and techniques on this practice as well as instances of personal profiles with lessons for composing and delivering them.
  • G012Plate Motion, Continental Deformation, and Interseismic Strain Accumulation; This session seeks studies examining the take up of plate motion in deforming zones and the buildup and release of elastic strain along major faults and in subduction zones using space geodetic measurements, geologic observations, and geophysical data such as seismicity, marine magnetic anomalies, and transform fault azimuths.

View all Earth and Space Science Informatics Sessions here. The abstract submission deadline is July 31st, 2019.

*Note that abstracts submitted to Education (or Public Affairs) sessions are not subject to the first author rule, so you can submit as first author to both Education and ESSI. Learn more here.

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