ESIP Update: Call for Raskin & Falkenberg Awards, ESIP Webinar Recordings to View, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 02.22.21

Good Morning ESIP,

2020 was an incredible year, not just for all we overcame, but for all we accomplished. ESIP has released our 2020 Annual Report. I hope you will take a minute to read through it and reflect on a really impressive year. 2021 has already shown us that 2020 had nothing on her in so many ways! Thank you for helping us start 2021 with one of the largest ESIP Winter Meetings on record! If you missed it, below you will find links to both the meeting content as well as last week's Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information about the dates for our Summer Meeting. After discussion with ESIP leadership and the hotel in Burlington, we have made the hard, but necessary, decision to take our Summer Meeting virtual. I know this is a great disappointment for many of you, but we feel it is necessary to keep our community healthy and ensure we offer the best meeting possible. We know that the original dates conflicted with some other important meetings to the ESIP Community, so are working to find dates that will maximize participation. We aim to get a Save the Date out soon! In the feedback from the Winter Meeting, you told us that ESIP is leading the way in engaging online meetings. You have our continued commitment to evolve and employ the latest techniques and tools to make your time in our meetings as interactive and productive as possible. 

I hope you came out of the Winter Meeting energized and ready to dive into the great work of this community. If you are not sure where to jump in – reach out to us on Slack or at and we would be happy to help you explore how to engage more deeply with ESIP. 


Susan Shingledecker
ESIP Executive Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; Documentation; Partnership
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Semantic Technologies
  • Wednesday: Soil Ontology & Informatics
  • Thursday:; Air Quality

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


Recent ESIP Webinar Recordings to Catch
The ESIP Community has been busy over the last month. Check out these great webinars that were attended live by over 50 people each and are likely relevant to many more:

  • The 2021 ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar held last Friday (2/19) provided an overview of plenary and breakout sessions from the ESIP Winter Meeting from 25 community members, including leaders, session organizers, and community fellows. If you missed it, you can now check out the recording on the ESIP YouTube Channel. Slides from the webinar are also accessible here.
  • The Marine Data Cluster hosted a special 90-minute webinar on 2/11 focused on vocabulary efforts going on throughout the community, with presentations from CF, NERC, GCMD, and WoRMS. Check out the presentations and recording here.
  • The Information Technology & Interoperability (IT&I) Committee Tech Dive Webinar series kicked off on 2/11 with a webinar focused on “Elevation Data Processing At Scale – Deploying Open Source GeoTools Using Docker, Kubernetes.” This webinar featured Josh Trahern & Andrew Bulen from the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). View the recording now on the ESIP YouTube Channel.
  • All ESIP Winter Meeting session recordings, including both plenary and breakout sessions are now accessible in the 2021 ESIP Winter Meeting Playlist on YouTube.

Call for Robert G. Raskin Scholarship Applications (due 3/15)
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students and early career researchers in the Earth or computer sciences. The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides a $5000 award and support to attend the ESIP Summer Meeting, where the recipient will have an invited talk covering their field of interest. The award is named in honor of long-time ESIP participant, Rob Raskin, who was an Earth science information partner extraordinaire and a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit our website.

Call for Charles S. Falkenberg Nominations (due 4/15)
The Charles S. Falkenberg Award is an annual award sponsored by AGU and ESIP to recognize an early to mid-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet. Learn more about the award, past recipients, and the nomination process here. v.1.2.0 Guidelines Released
On 2/9, the Cluster announced the latest version of the publishing guidelines. These guidelines describe how to publish consistent and FAIR markup for Datasets. Stewarded by members of the cluster, version 1.2.0 was developed in collaboration with other data repository operators and project members.

More News

SGCI Hosted Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course (March 1-3, 2021)
Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway? The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) will host this free virtual mini-course that will offer PIs of research and teaching-focused gateways and their teams the perfect way to kick off sustainability planning, whether they are writing a new grant or ready to get to the next level with a more mature project. Learn more and register by 2/24 here.

Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellowships: Call for Applications (due 3/1)
Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellows are current and future leaders in the community science movement. They are committed volunteers who are eager to facilitate and lead collaborative, co-developed community science projects that produce on-the-ground impact in local communities. They can have any background, experience level, or location. The skills Community Science Fellows hone prepare them to manage diverse teams, work across disciplinary boundaries, and connect science to action. Each Fellow is matched with a local community and is responsible for guiding a community science project from idea to impact. This includes getting to know the community, identifying ways science can advance community goals, finding and recruiting partner scientists to assemble a project team, managing and supporting the project, and helping share the team’s story and project impact. Fellows are trained and receive ongoing support from AGU Thriving Earth Exchange staff, including a dedicated community science mentor, and a peer group of Fellows. Learn more and apply here.

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