ESIP Update: Bystander Training, Call for Community Fellows

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ESIP UPDATE: 08.30.21

Happy Monday ESIP Community!

By now many of you have probably heard about the simply spectacular job ESIP did supporting NOAA's 11th Environmental Data Management Workshop (EDMW) the week before last, but let me throw in my thanks and congratulations to the team for a job well done! Over 300 people from across NOAA participated, advancing the community of data management practitioners in my home agency. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and Susan put the icing on the cake when she delivered a great presentation on ESIP during the closing plenary session.

With the NOAA EDMW behind us, we are now focused on the ESIP January Meeting in Annapolis, Maryland. We are putting all our energies into researching the best (and safest) hybrid meeting approaches and it is fair to say that all eyes are on ESIP – we are known for hosting incredibly productive meetings, and many groups are looking at us to see how it's done. But we know there is a lot we don't know, and if you have experience with the pros and cons of hybrid meetings, please share them with Susan and me right away. We welcome all your inputs and are committed to making the January meeting succeed for the in-person and virtual attendees alike.

In other news, we are seeking a few more volunteers for the ESIP Nominations Committee, chaired by Sarah Ramdeen. The work of the Nominations Committee kicks in over the next few months and helps us ensure we have a great slate of community members nominated for ESIP leadership roles. If you are interested in serving on the Committee (or running for a leadership position!), please reach out to Sarah at for more information.

Have a great week,

Ken Casey
ESIP President

Sign up for ‘Speaking Up! How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation Around Bias'
As part of ESIP's commitment to promote a healthy and inclusive culture, we are pleased to be offering interactive online training opportunities next month. The training will be offered three separate times to maximize participation: Sept 10th 9am-noon, 2pm-5pm, or Sept 27 2pm-5pm (Eastern times).

Please sign up as soon as possible HERE.

More info: Have you ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders to bias better evaluate their options and select effective strategies. In this web-based workshop, you will first learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Building on this understanding, you will learn key strategies for speaking up that invite reflection and dialogue. 

We are excited to bring this opportunity to the entire ESIP community and feel it will help all of us to build a place where all voices are welcome and supported. Please feel free to invite a colleague or someone new to ESIP to participate. This is a free and open opportunity but pre-registration is required. 

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry; Meetings Committee
  • 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.


Next Disaster Lifecycle Cluster Telecon: Usability Considerations and Applications for Decision Making in Disaster Response (9/2 at 4 pm ET)
Join ESIP's Disaster Lifecycle Cluster for their next telecon where Sophie Hou (contractor to the USGS) will share lessons learned from past projects on usability considerations and applications for decision making in disaster response. Find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP's 2021 Partner of the Year Award (due 10/31)
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas through the sharing of a success story. This award is given annually at the Winter Meeting. The awardee will receive a plaque and two free ESIP meeting registrations. This year, we are looking for partner organizations that have supported the 2021 ESIP theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. We are looking for ESIP partners who have:

  • Been involved in an activity or interacted with ESIP in a manner that led to an innovation related to Earth science data or information;
  • Helped the Earth science community use or reuse data in new and creative applications, or
  • Formed or strengthened collaborations and/or worked to increase the inclusivity and diversity for the ESIP Community.

Learn more here and nominate your own or another organization using this form by 10/31.

Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture ESIP into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth science information community. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. This award is named for Martha E. Maiden, NASA Program Executive for Earth Data Systems. Ms. Maiden is widely credited for nurturing the ESIP Federation in its infancy and has overseen its growth and maturity. This award will be presented annually at the January meeting. Learn more and submit full nomination package by 10/31 here.

Call for 2022 ESIP Community Fellows (due 10/31)
ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Community fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings. As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities.

  • Networking with professionals in your research field
  • Share research to a broader audience
  • Learn collaboration best practices
  • Exposure to potential job tracks – government, industry, academic

Learn more and apply by 10/31 at

More News

Gateways 2021 Call for Community Participation (due 9/22)
Gateways 2021 (Oct. 19-21) is planned as an opportunity to influence the vision and mission of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), the gateways community, and the Gateways Conference series. It will offer diverse options for sharing work and networking in the community. The format includes tutorial sessions, panels, presentations in the form of lightning talks, and working sessions. Abstracts related to science gateways may now be submitted. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks, and technologies for science gateways
  • Science gateways sustaining productive collaborative communities
  • Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
  • Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways
  • Science gateway usability, portals, workflows, and tools
  • Software engineering approaches for scientific work
  • Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability
  • AI and ML for science gateways
  • Social research on science gateways
  • Use cases and lessons learned from science gateways

Read more details in the Call for Community Participation:

Inaugural World Data System International Technology Office (WDS-ITO) Data Prize (due 12/1)
The World Data System is an interdisciplinary body of the International Science Council promoting universal and equitable access to quality-assured scientific data and associated services. With generous support from Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), the WDS-ITO is running a competition to highlight the use of WDS Regular and Network member data in Virtual Research Environments. 2 cash prizes of CAD$1,000 each will be awarded. In addition to the prize, we will recognize the winners in early spring 2022 and highlight their achievements on the WDS website. Learn more at

NCEAS Environmental Data Science Summit (Apply by 9/17)
Environmental Data Science (EDS) is a growing field of interdisciplinary approaches to investigating and answering environmental questions with modern data science tools. The field is broad, diverse, and expanding. This Summit aims to bring together all types of environmental data scientists to lay the foundation for a more cohesive and collaborative transdisciplinary community.

The goals of the Summit, which is to be held February 8-9, 2022 in Santa Barbara, CA, are to build community and foster collaboration within the Environmental Data Science community. This year’s theme is Harnessing Diversity in Environmental Data Science. Learn more and apply to participate at

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.

Volunteer as a Data or Software Expert for the Virtual Data Help Desk at GSA 2021, to be hosted during part of GSA 2021 Connects (October 11th-13th, 2021). This event connects researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. To volunteer, please complete this brief form, as soon as possible by Friday Oct. 1st, 2021. Learn more: HERE

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





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