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ESIP UPDATE: Take a look at ESIP's new website! Hop on ESIP's Slack team!


Need to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate online? What's a virtual science organization to do? Pick the right platforms and get good at using them. These take practice, so hop on! 

Good morning all – It's Monday, do you know what's happing in your Slack channel?   If you are not already on the team: here is your INVITATION.

Once you get on Slack, become a honcho Slackster by watching THESE VIDEOS
Please add your thoughts (and words) to an ESIP response to the NSF RFI on cyberinfrastructure needs. 

ESIP is also rolling out its new WordPress-based website: ready for active blogging and other updates. Take a new look at
We are ESIP.

Remember, if there is anything you'd like to see included in next week's Monday Update, send it to Bruce Caron (brucecaron AT 

brucecaron AT

Federation News 

  • Hop on ESIP's Slack Team to collaborate
  • ESIP response to NSF cyberinfrastructure needs RFI
  • ESDA cluster publishes: Earth Science Data Analytics: Definitions, Techniques and Skills

Around the Federation

  • Force11 opens a scholarly communication summer institute
  • Nominations for NASA Federal advisory committees due March 8, 2017
  • ESDA Publishes: Earth Science Data Analytics: Definitions, Techniques and Skills
  • NSF workshop on the impact of big data digital repositories (remote participation opportunity)
  • COMPASS is recruiting
  • EarthCube is looking for a Technical Officer
  • Trusted Digital Repositories session leads at NAGAGA looking for presenters


  • Monday: Cloud, Documentation, Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network, Ficom, Semantic Technologies
  • Wednesday: Usability, Visioneers
  • Thursday: Disaster Lifecycle, Governance
  • Friday: 

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

Federation News

Hop on ESIP's Slack Team to Collaborate
As ESIP approaches 20 years of making data matter, it's also updating some of its platforms to take advantage of new features and more nimble communications. ESIP invites you to join its Slack team, find the channels you want to follow, and come collaborate! Here is your INVITATION!

ESIP response to NSF cyberinfrastructure needs RFI
ESIP President, Emily Law, invites you to participate:
“Many in our community have expressed interest in providing inputs to the NSF call for advanced cyberinfrastructure needs:
As the leading community in advancing the use of Earth science data, it is in our interest to provide a consolidated ESIP response to this RFI.
You are invited to contribute to this collective response by using the Loomio platform (in conjunction with Google Doc). The platform promotes shared document editing (Google Docs) and discussion (Google Docs and Loomio) and transparent decision making (Loomio).
Please join us by hopping on:
In order to meet the RFI submission due date on April 5, 2017, please complete your edits of the Google Docs (thru Loomio) by March 10. That will allow time to complete discussion by March 24, and to finalize by March 31.

ESDA Publishes: Earth Science Data Analytics: Definitions, Techniques and Skills
ESIP can now be officially cited for it's definition of Earth Science Data Analytics.  We also have the larger article regarding the preparation of students to perform in the Earth Science Data Analytics field, in the cycle for publication.  Still waiting, but have been in touch.
Citation: Kempler, S. & Mathews, T., (2017). Earth Science Data Analytics: Definitions, Techniques and Skills. Data Science Journal. 16(1), p.6. DOI:



Around the Federation

Force11 opens a scholarly communication summer institute
ANNOUNCING FORCE11 SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION INSTITUTE, July 30 – August 4, 2017, San Diego, CA USA FORCE11 is pleased to announce the launch of its new annual Summer Institute in Scholarly Communications: the Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of California, San Diego (FSCI@UCSD), July 30-August 4, 2017. 
FSCI@UCSD is a week-long program that offers participants training, networking and skills development in new modes of research communication.  The UC San Diego Library is hosting the event that will take place at the Institute of the Americas on the UC San Diego Campus.

Nominations for NASA Federal advisory committees due March 8, 2017
NASA invites public nominations for service on four new Federal advisory committees that advise NASA on science. The four new committees, which were formerly subcommittees of the NASA Advisory Council, are The Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC), The Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC), The Heliophysics Advisory Committee (HPAC), and The Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC). The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is March 8, 2017. For more information, please see the federal register notice at:

NSF workshop on the impact of big data digital repositories
Workshop dates: February 28, 2017 – March 1, 2017
Workshop Website:
Workshop Goal: Managers, funders, and users of digital data repositories are interested in assessing and communicating the impact of such repositories. A systematic approach and well-understood metrics, that may be quantitative or qualitative in nature, are needed to determine “impact.” The goal of this workshop is to identify the current metrics, tools and practices that are effective, and the issues that will require additional research.

COMPASS is Recruiting
From their website: We are seeking a new Assistant Director of Regional Engagement. This position will support and grow COMPASS' work  to empower scientists to engage in the public discourse about the environment in the West, on topics spanning oceans, land, and water. Find out more about the position here.
We are also searching for a new Executive Director. Learn more about why, here. We are partnering with Explore Co. on this search. Learn more about the position, and how to apply, here.

EarthCube is looking for a Technical Officer
The EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO) is searching for a top-notch Technical Officer to oversee implementation of cyberinfrastructure and serve as a technical resource for EarthCube, an NSF-funded, community-driven initiative aimed at creating an integrated environment for the sharing of geoscience data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner. Here is the job opening website.

Trusted Digital Repositories session leaders at NAGAGA looking for presenters
Do you want to participate in a session at the 2017 National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA) annual conference being held in Boise, ID 12-15 July?  Debbie Bahn and John Faundeen <> are leading a session related to Trusted Digital Repositories (TDR).  They are looking for more presenters on this pertinent topic of TDRs.  Please let them know if you are interested. Conference information can be found HERE.

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