ESIP Update: 9 Days to Early Registration Deadline, Next Innovation Webinar, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 06.21.21

Hello ESIP,

We're just 9 days out from the early registration deadline (6/30) for the ESIP Summer Meeting. Register now before rates go up! I continue to be very impressed with the amount of effort session organizers are putting in to designing the best virtual sessions possible. Did you know also that you can still opt to present a virtual poster or recorded demo/tutorial in the Research Showcase? Simply tell us what you'd like to present when you register for the meeting.

Even though we're just 4 weeks out from the meeting, the ESIP Community is abuzz with more than just meeting planning! See the ESIP News section below to read about some of these activities, including our next Innovation Webinar featuring Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc. to be held this Wed. 6/23 at 1 pm ET and a joint webinar series to kickoff next week hosted by the ESIP Physical Samples Cluster & the RDA Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem Interest Group. You can find connection info for all upcoming live ESIP events on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Registration Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday: Discovery
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Semantic Tech; Physical Sample Curation
  • Wednesday: ESIP Innovation Webinar
  • Thursday: Biological Data Standards;; Air Quality

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: Registration Now OPEN
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.

Other ESIP News

Next Innovation Webinar: Data System & Software Development Challenges in a NASA Research Program Turned Private Enterprise, Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc. (6/23 at 1 pm ET)
ESIP's 2021 Webinar Series, which focuses on our annual theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers, will continue on 6/23 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. This installment will feature Airborne Snow Observatories Inc. (ASO), a start-up born out of a NASA JPL research program, which aims to provide inventories of mountain snow water resources worldwide with unprecedented precision. Evan Burgess, Lead Data Scientist at ASO, will discuss the data system and software development challenges in transitioning research-focused code and data into an operational system in the AWS cloud. Rapid data turnaround, the fast pace of innovation at ASO and complexities inherent in airborne remote sensing data have forced ASO to rethink its approach to processing and data distribution. Find connection details on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

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:

Information Quality Cluster Telecon: Data Quality Considerations in Citizen Science (Tues. 6/22 at 2 pm ET)
Join ESIP's Information Quality Cluster for their next telecon, which will feature an invited presentation given by Peter Mooney, Maynooth University of Ireland and Lucy Bastin, Aston University, UK on Data Quality Considerations in Citizen Science. 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.

IT&I Tech Dive: USGS Hydro Network Linked Data Index Tools Recording Now Available
If you missed the last ESIP IT&I Tech Dive Webinar, you can now check it out on the ESIP YouTube Channel at

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. Register below for the following public dialogue events:

  • June 23, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., EDT

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.

Digital Extended Specimen: 2nd-Phase Community Consultation
The alliance for biodiversity knowledge has convened a follow-up to the consultation that was held earlier this year to converge the ideas behind two related but distinct concepts:

  • the Digital Specimen, proposed by the Europe-based Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo),
  • the Extended Specimen, which emerged from the Biological Collections Network (BCoN).

Phase 2 will focus on capturing the infrastructure capabilities needed to support Digital Extended Specimens. Similar to the first phase, a landing page for the second consultation has been created and is now live on the GBIF community forum. GBIF, BCoN, ALA, DiSSCo, NSC Alliance, iDigBio, and TDWG, among others, invite you to contribute to this consultation, which aims to expand participation in the process, build support for further collaboration, identify key use cases, and develop an initial roadmap for community adoption and implementation. To read more about the background for this consultation click here. If you have ideas, want to ask questions, or would like to co-moderate a topic, please contact us at

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.

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