ESIP Update:  Bystander Training & Other ESIP Events This Week

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ESIP UPDATE: 09.07.21

Happy Tuesday ESIP Community!

First of all, there is still time to sign up for either of this Friday's Bystander Training sessions. 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? These sessions are designed to help you learn key strategies for speaking up in challenging circumstances – training that should help you within ESIP and other professional spaces as well as elsewhere in life.

In addition the Bystander Training sessions, below is what you can expect at other ESIP telecons in this week. I encourage you to join any and all that interest you using the connection info found on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

  • Ag & Climate (Tues. 9/7 at 2 pm ET): Tutorial on how to create a knowledge graph using the free web application & discussion of what's next for the cluster in terms of goals & activities.
  • Envirosensing (Tues. 9/7 at 5 pm ET): Techniques for Increased Automation of Aquatic Sensor Data Post Processing in Python (Amber Jones, PhD Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State Univ.) & discussion of potential collaboration with the Ag & Climate cluster on edge-to-edge workflows for wildfire.
  • Data Readiness (Wed. 9/8 at 1 pm ET): Beginning of “Tour de AI-Ready data” discussion on refining the definition of AI-ready data. The first installment will feature leaders from ESIP's Information Quality Cluster discussing data quality aspects of AI-ready data.
  • Semantic Harmonization (Wed. 9/8 at 2 pm ET): Continuation of work started at the ESIP Summer Meeting with the Ag & Climate Cluster on representing and aligning knowledge about wildfires – the need and challenge of semantic harmonization.
  • Community Data (Thurs. 9/9 at 11 am ET): Wrap-up from the ESIP Summer Meeting Curate-a-thon & exploration of next steps including potential collaborations with ESIP's Community Resilience Cluster.
  • Marine Data (Thurs. 9/9 at 1:30 pm ET): Review of ESIP Summer Meeting session, which explored the development of a decision tree to help a data manager/scientist choose controlled vocabularies to ensure their marine data follow the FAIR principles & discussion of next steps.
  • Information Technology & Interoperability (Thurs. 9/9 at 3 pm ET): Next IT&I Tech Dive on TerrainR – Generating 3D Landscape Visualizations Using R and Unity. See more info below.
  • Research Object Citation (Thurs. 9/9 at 4 pm ET): Continued exploration of what roles should be credited for different types of research artifacts and how those roles should be credited.

Looking for a great read this week? Check out Linking Datasets to the Applications that Use Them, a new blog post about the work of ESIP's Discovery Cluster from ESIP Community Fellow Sara Lafia.

Have a wonderful week,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

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 or 2pm-5pm ET (Sign up by Wed. 9/8)
Sept. 27 2pm-5pm ET (Sign up by Wed. 9/25)

Please sign up 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: 

  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate; Envirosensing; COR
  • Wednesday: Data Readiness; Semantic Harmonization
  • Thursday: Community Data; Marine Data; IT&I Tech Dive; Research Object Citation
  • Friday: Bystander Training

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


Next IT&I Tech Dive: TerrainR –  Generating 3D Landscape Visualizations Using R and Unity (9/9 at 3 pm ET)
The ESIP IT&I Committee is pleased to host Mike Mahoney, a PhD candidate at SUNY-ESF, working on predictive modeling and visualization with a focus on natural systems. Mike has developed terrainr,  an R package with the capability to retrieve data from  USGS National Map services and perform transformations to produce 2D and 3D landscape visualizations using the Unity engine. Find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

Next ESIP Webinar on Innovation: An Earth and Space Knowledge Commons (9/29 at 1 pm ET)
Join ESIP's next Webinar on Innovation, which is generously sponsored by SAIC, to be given by Ryan McGranaghan (Principal Data Scientist & Aerospace Engineering Scientist at ASTRA Associates). Join to hear Ryan's presentation entitled “An Earth and Space Knowledge Commons,” which will highlight a few efforts toward improved knowledge representation systems, emphasizing the importance of thinking in graphs/networks, and spark a discussion toward a framework to address the asymmetries: a knowledge commons. Learn more and find out how to register at

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

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.

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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