ESIP Update: 3 Days Left to Propose an ESIP Winter Meeting Session, Welcome New Partners and more

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ESIP UPDATE: 11.02.2020

Hello ESIP,

This week marks a very important deadline in ESIP – the deadline (11/5) for the Call for Sessions for the ESIP Winter Meeting (Jan 26-28th) ONLINE. On nearly all of the ESIP Cluster and Committee calls I have joined in the last month, I have heard great conversation about session plans, which has given me confidence that this meeting will be another phenomenal one. Of course, ESIP Clusters and Committees are not the only ones who can propose sessions for the ESIP Meeting. In fact, anyone can! If you have an idea, feel free to pitch it or get in touch if you’d like to discuss an idea.
Speaking of those we are excited to hear more from in the ESIP Community, please join me in welcoming 2 new ESIP Partners that were formally approved at the ESIP Board Meeting on October 19th. They are:

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Partnership;
  • Tuesday: EnviroSensing; COR
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Biological Data Standards; Disaster Lifecycle

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

ESIP Winter Meeting News

Call for Sessions OPEN NOW through this THURSDAY 11/5
The session proposal portal for the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (January 26th-28th, 2021; Online) is open now through 11/5. We especially welcome session proposals related to the meeting theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. Sessions are 90 minute blocks and can follow a number of different formats. Learn more and submit a session proposal by 11/5 here.

ESIP Meeting Registration OPEN NOW
Registration is now open for the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (January 26th-28th, 2021; Online). For over 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. Register now through the early registration deadline of 12/21 to get the best rates. Learn more and register here.


Join the Next Envirosensing Telecon (11/3 at 5 pm ET/ 22:00 UTC): Open-source hardware for science – a personal perspective
This Tuesday at 5 pm ET, the ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster is pleased to welcome Dr. Matheus Carvalho, who will present on “Open-source hardware for science – a personal perspective.” Matheus’ presentation will focus on his learning trajectory in open-source hardware using examples from his own work developing DIY robotic autosamplers, and how he expects this work can help scientists. More about Matheus: He is a Senior Research Associate at Southern Cross University, Australia, where his primary role is managing a stable isotope laboratory. He has been in this job for over 11 years, and for the last 7 years or so, has become interested in laboratory automation, in particular, the application of open-source hardware. He has published several papers on the topic, in particular, papers describing DIY autosamplers in the journal HardwareX, and also the book Practical Laboratory Automation Made Easy with AutoIt. He is on the editorial board for both HardwareX and PlosOne. You can more about Matheus’ work on his website and download his most recent paper on the portable open-source auto-sampler for streams, rivers, and small lakes he has developed here. To join the telecon, please see the connection info on the ESIP Community Calendar.

Putting Data to Work Webinar: Rapid Scaling of Sensitive Information Sharing in Support of National Water Prediction & Hurricane Research (11/12 at 12 pm ET)
Dave Jones, CEO of StormCenter Communications, will present on new efforts they are working on with NOAA for operational implementation of GeoCollaborate, which is StormCenter’s SBIR Phase III, innovative cross-platform real-time data sharing and collaboration environment. The NWS’ National Water Center (NWC) in Tuscaloosa, AL and NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (HRD) are putting GeoCollaborate to work to improve data and information sharing across agencies, states and scientists to create a unified approach to situational awareness and decision making. This is critical, as so far in 2020 (as of 10/7), there have been 16 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 11 severe storm events, 3 tropical cyclone events, and 1 wildfire event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 188 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The 1980–2019 annual average is 6.6 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2015–2019) is 13.8 events (CPI-adjusted). Globally we are experiencing more floods and flash floods remain one of the top killers. As climate changes and CO2 continues to rise, the oceans heat up, hurricanes seem to be intensifying more rapidly, especially near the coastline prior to landfall. Join the webinar to hear more. Find telecon details at

More News

2021 NSF EarthCube Solicitation Informational Webinar (11/6 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT)
Have you wanted to become a funded project under the NSF EarthCube initiative? The EarthCube community is interested in recruiting new partners and encouraging their participation in the upcoming NSF call for new capabilities, pilots, and research coordination networks. This is not an official NSF webinar, but is meant to give timely and helpful advice with time for questions and answers. Participation by EarthCube Office, Leadership Council, and community. Friday, Nov. 6, 11 am PT.  Read announcement and register for the webinar.

Open Science for a Global Transformation: Call for Papers for a Special Collection in Data Science Journal
In June 2020, CODATA coordinated and published ‘Open Science for a Global Transformation’, a response to the UNESCO consultation from a number of partner international data organizations. The first draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science was released for feedback from member states and the scientific community in early October 2020. To encourage further discussion around the issues addressed in ‘Open Science for a Global Transformation’ and the draft Recommendation on Open Science, the global research data community is invited to share their views, critiques and positions in an open discussion prompted by the draft recommendation and the CODATA-coordinated document. The intention is to create a forum for debate and ultimately a body of reasoned argumentation which can be referenced throughout the UNESCO process. In the Data Science Journal, this will also form a significant body of scholarly material exploring and defining issues around Open Science. One of the venues to be used for this discussion will be a special collection in the CODATA Data Science Journal. To learn more, please see

Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Summer Fellowship Program: Request for Applications to Host a Fellow
EDI is now accepting applications from research projects and field stations interested in hosting a fellow from mid-June to mid August 2021. The application deadline is 12/14/20 with 10 total fellowships likely to be supported. The fellows will have the opportunity to work remotely, though EDI would prefer in-person training at the host site if circumstances allow. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. EDI will train each fellow, who will then gain hands-on experience by participating in data preparation and publication with scientists and information managers from specific host research sites, with EDI support. See this link for more information. Contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke ( with any questions.

NCEAS Course on Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis (11/15, 11/13, 11/16-11/18, Virtual)
Registration is now open for the five-day “Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis” immersion course. The course will enable researchers across career stages and sectors to gain fundamental data science skills in support of open, reproducible research techniques. Major course foci will include managing data to enable better reuse, building reproducible workflows using R and git, and communicating results within the framework of synthesis science. This is an opportunity for students, researchers, data managers, and others to reinforce or expand their learning and become familiar with current best practices and tools in data science and open science.  These skills will enable you to maximize your productivity, share your data effectively, and accelerate the scientific community’s ability to work together on solving important questions about the environment and our interactions with it. Learn more and register here.

Volunteer as a data expert for the upcoming Virtual Data Help Desk at #AGU20 Fall Meeting. The event (sponsored by EarthCube & supported by ESIP & AGU) will connect researchers with data experts to enhance research and make data and software more open and FAIR. You can volunteer to 1) Answer data questions (monitor platform and answer where you can), 2) Share a recorded demo (share a brief recorded demo of a tool or resource, ideally <5 min), and/or 3) Share a one-pager about your tool or resource. To volunteer, please complete this form by 11/13. Contact with questions.

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