ESIP Update: 3 Weeks to ESIP Winter Meeting, ESIP Lab RFP

Preview: 3 Weeks to ESIP Winter Meeting, ESIP Lab RFP
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ESIP UPDATE: 12.16.2019

Good morning, ESIP,

Last week was an exhilarating week of activities at the AGU Fall Meeting. I enjoyed catching up with some of you there. On behalf of the program organizers (ESIP, EarthCube, and AGU), I would like to extend a very big thank you to all of the volunteers that participated in the Data FAIR events, including the Data Help Desk. It was a wonderful collaboration with participants from more than 30 organizations, a tremendous testament to the value of promoting open data and the part we can all play in increasing trustworthiness in science and in putting data to work. We are moving forward with planning Data FAIRs at several professional meetings in 2020 (next up is the Ocean Sciences Meeting), so let us know if you'd like to take part in a future event.

Another highlight of last week was hearing a leader of a relatively new ESIP Partner say in a talk that engaging with ESIP and conversing with ESIP's Executive Director, Erin Robinson, has changed the way he and his organization think, particularly about community-building. As ESIP staff and leaders, we are thrilled to hear comments like these, but of course we cannot take all of the credit. So much of the success of ESIP depends on who shows up – virtually and in-person – in ESIP spaces, be it at ESIP Meetings, at Collaboration Area Telecons, in ESIP Lab Projects, or elsewhere. As we sail quickly toward 2020, we wholeheartedly thank you for continuing to show up and give ESIP your best.

Speaking of showing up, the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting begins just THREE weeks from tomorrow. Will you be there?

Finally this week, check out and feel free to share this press release about the ESIP Data Citation Guidelines and Software and Services Citation Guidelines, resources developed by ESIP participants that help researchers to Cite their Data (and Software) like Pros.


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director 

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN, Program Committee, Governance
  • Wednesday: Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation, Education,, Drones

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

Register NOW!
Just THREE WEEKS remain! On-site registration will also be available.

Christy Monaco, Chief Ventures Officer at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Monaco joined NGA in April 2013 and since October of 2017 has served as NGAs Chief Ventures Officer. Director of NGA’s Corporate Assessment and Program Evaluation Office. In this role, she coordinates NGAs innovation initiatives with agency stakeholders, government partners, industry and academia, focusing on innovation and the incubation and adoption of new ventures that create unique combinations of people, process, and technology to sustain NGA competitive advantage. She also leads NGAs acquisition innovation efforts, strategy, and manages relationships with the commercial sector. More.

Paco Nathan, Managing Partner at Derwen, Inc.
Known as a “player/coach”, with core expertise in data science, natural language, machine learning, cloud computing; 35+ years tech industry experience, ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups. Co-chair for Rev conference, former co-chair for JupyterCon. Advisor for NYU Coleridge Initiative, IBM Data Science Community, Amplify Partners, Recognai, Primer AI, Data Spartan. Previous roles: Director, Learning Group at O'Reilly Media and Director, Community Evangelism for Apache Spark. Author of: Fifty Years of Data Management and Beyond; Just Enough Math; Enterprise Data Workflows with Cascading; and co-editor for the upcoming Rich Search and Discovery for Research Datasets. Cited among “Top 30 People in Big Data and Analytics” by Innovation Enterprise in 2015. More.

Nadine Alameh, CEO at Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Alameh is a recognized leader in the field of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), having built a career out of her dedication to interoperability, innovation and information sharing in a multitude of domains including Aviation, Earth Observations, Public Safety and Defense. Prior to OGC, she held various roles in industry from the Chief Architect for Innovation in Northrop Grumman’s Civil Solutions Unit; to CEO of a small international Aviation data exchange business; to senior technical advisor to NASA’s Applied Science Program. More.

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration OPEN!
There is still time to register for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register here

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: ESIP and OGC Coverage Processing and Analysis Sprint
ESIP and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) are convening an agile development sprint to advance APIs for analytics on coverages, arrays, and gridded data beginning the day before the ESIP Winter Meeting (1/6) and continuing on 1/7. This will be a key event in the development of OGC APIs for geospatial resources and building blocks for community APIs. A previous OGC API Hackathon in June 2019 advanced common elements across OGC APIs for Features, Coverages, Map Tiles, Processing and Catalogs. The next sprints are advancing specific elements of the individual APIs. You may opt to register for this event using the same registration form as is used for the ESIP Winter Meeting linked here. A limited amount of travel support is available. Please complete this form if you would like to be considered for this support.

More ESIP News 

Fall 2019 ESIP Lab Request for Proposals Released
The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab is happy to announce the release of its Fall 2019 Request for Proposals. The ESIP Lab will provide up to $10K of seed funding for incubator-style projects that run 6-8 months and lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out.

Project proposals that address these areas will be given priority:

  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — use of open source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for Earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth science data.

For more information, check out the full RFP and apply by 1/10/20 at:

More News

Waterhackweek 2020 Applications Open
Waterhackweek is an annual 5-day workshop held at the University of Washington in partnership with the UW Freshwater Initiative. Diverse teams of researchers come together to create open-source research networks and tools to solve water issues in public health, disaster recovery and climate change, among others. Participants develop software and technology skills at the leading edge of freshwater research, learning how to build and operate a digital infrastructure for sharing, manipulation and understanding of environmental data. Develop and enhance your data science skills while building your network of collaborators, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, professor or industry professional. The next Waterhackweek will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, on March 23-27, 2020. To best benefit, participants are expected to have some prior experience with analysis of freshwater data and programming in Python. Participants will be expected to cover a $100 registration fee and their lodging and travel expenses. Financial support may be available based on demonstrated need. Apply online by December 20, 2019.

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