ESIP Update: A note from the President and more

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ESIP UPDATE: 12.21.2020


Happy Holidays – I hope that you are safe and healthy. Before we pause a little for the holidays don't forget to register for the ESIP Winter Meeting. Early registration ends today! We work very hard to reduce any barriers to participation in ESIP. Twice a year, for our meetings, we charge a registration fee. This is necessary to offset the meeting costs and to support the organization as a whole. We greatly appreciate your support and participation. The meeting agenda is shaping up very well thanks to the hard work of many in our community. I am looking forward to some dynamic plenaries, in-depth breakout discussions, fun social activities and our Partner Assembly business meeting. 

2020 has been a year of transition for ESIP – transition to a new Executive Director and the development of a new set of Strategic Themes to guide us forward. As an organization we adapted well to the realities of COVID-19 by using our strengths as a virtual community. While others may have struggled to move to teleconferences and remote meetings, ESIP took this all in stride. Our Summer Meeting was praised for the level of engagement and interactivity, something ESIP has always valued. Our community also adopted our Community Participation Guidelines, a core step to ensuring we continue to be an inclusive and supportive organization. 

Looking forward, if you are an ESIP voting representative for your organization please be sure to complete your ballot for our election, which is due January 5th. I am grateful to all who have raised their hands to be considered to lead ESIP in 2021. While 2020 has been full of challenge and transition, I see 2021 full of opportunity. 

Happy Holidays, 

Tamara Ledley
ESIP President

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Governance
  • Tuesday: Semantic Tech

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

Registration is now open for the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (January 26th-29th, 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. Learn more about the meeting, which will feature 4 plenary sessions, 30+ community-contributed breakout sessions, Research Showcase, and other networking opportunities here.


ESIP Lab Request for Proposals (due 1/29)

The ESIP Lab supports the Earth science community in building innovative, applied technologies through funding and community input. Additionally, projects are encouraged to have a learning objective as part of their deliverables. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. Learn more about

ESIP Welcomes 2021 ESIP Community Fellows
The call for 2021 ESIP Community Fellows attracted a number of very impressive applicants. Ultimately, we select 8 Fellows. Like past Fellows, the 2021 Fellows provide support for and participate in various ESIP collaboration areas. Learn more about them HERE and make sure to say hello to them at the 2021 ESIP Meetings!

More News

EarthCube seeking community input for new FAIR data training materials
Building on the EarthCube (EC) Leadership Council to promote the FAIR Data and Resources for the Geoscience Community, an initiative has been started to develop tutorials and informational briefings to increase awareness and facilitate activities to improve the FAIRness of EarthCube-related data, tools, and services. The FAIR Principles offer guidelines for improving the value of research data by making it more “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.” The EarthCube Office seeks your help to identify priorities for creating new resources to support implementation of the FAIR data principles. We invite you to contribute through this *very* short survey: Topics for FAIR Data Training Resources. Please feel free to contact Melissa Cragin and/or Nancy Hoebelheinrich if you have any questions or would be interested to have a conversation about this effort or the FAIR Principles.

NCAR SIPARCs Summer Internship Opportunities
NCAR has opened up applications for the SIPARCs summer internships, which are paid and will likely be remote: These include technical projects and non-technical outreach & diversity opportunities for applicants with an interest in STEM education or in higher education student affairs. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. In addition to the outreach & diversity opportunity mentioned above, Agbeli Ameko (NCAR Associate Scientist) recommends applying to work on Project 10. Pi-WRF Educational Modules and Classroom Activities Development. Apply by January 8th, 2021.

Help Inform Future Data Management Education for Science Data (10 min. survey)
From (Bradley Wade Bishop, Assoc. Professor at University of Tennessee): You are being invited to take part in a study on science data management because you are a critical agent as data management is part of your work. Your participation is completely voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. The research is being conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee. I know your time is valuable, but by taking around 10 minutes to participate in this study, you will inform future data management education for science data. An increased understanding of jobs that contain data management should improve access and use of data to benefit all of society. Follow the link for more information: Job Analyses for Science Data Managers.

You will be asked to describe your job tasks and background. Your responses will be anonymous and linked by a unique identifier for any analysis; however, all findings will be reported in the aggregate. I greatly appreciate your contribution to the study. If you have questions at any time about the study or you experience problems, you may contact Bradley Wade Bishop or (865) 974-2775 (office). If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in this study, you may also contact the Office of Research Compliance Officer at (865) 974-7697.

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ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 





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