ESIP Update: Call for Sessions, Share Your ESIP Stories, Nominate Partner of the Year, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.15.18

Hello Everyone –

You may notice by the length of this update that the fall continues to be a busy and exciting time! The ESIP Winter Meeting, which will be held January 15-17th, 2019 in Bethesda Maryland, is fast approaching. Don't miss your chance to propose a session!

We encourage you to share a story about how you have benefited from working in the ESIP community. This will help boost ESIP's visibility and rating at Great NonProfits, a popular source of non-profit stories and feedback.

Nominations are now open for 2019 ESIP Leadership Positions (see more below), as well as for the ESIP Partner of the Year Award.

If you would like to include an announcement in a future update, please send me a note.

Have a great week,  
Megan Carter
Community Director, ESIP

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday (Today!): Data Stewardship
  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network; Science Communication, SensorDat
  • Wednesday: Science Software, Visioneers, Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Education, Earth Science Data Analytics, Drones

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

Federation News 

Call for 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting Sessions
Please submit your session proposals for the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting. We especially welcome sessions related to our 2019 theme: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information. Sessions are generally 1.5 hour blocks and can follow a number of different formats. Learn more.

Share a Story about ESIP 
We encourage you to share a story about how you have benefited from working in the ESIP community, in order to help boost ESIP's visibility and rating at Great NonProfits, a popular source of non-profit stories and feedback. Doing so only takes a couple of minutes and can be completely anonymous. We are only a few stories away from being a top-rated non-profit!

Nominations Open for ESIP Partner of the Year Award
The Partner of the Year Award is intended to honor an ESIP member organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for member organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #3 (Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications). Learn more and nominate a member organization.

Nominations Open for 2019 ESIP Leadership Positions
Nominations for 2019 ESIP leadership positions are now OPEN! If you are interested in serving or nominating someone, please email the committee at The nominations committee will reach out to those that have been nominated to confirm the nomination and explain next steps in the process. To see positions that are accepting nominations, please see here.

SensorDat Lab Team Invites New Members
“SensorDat” is a new ESIP lab incubator project established to build community around sensors, data quality and real-time data management. With strong collaborations within the ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster, the project was funded for a six month period beginning in the Summer of 2018. As part of the lab project, we would like to work with interested groups to ingest new time-series data streams into an NSF-funded EarthCube tool called CHORDS (“Cloud-Hosted Real-time Data Services for the Geosciences”, see Once data are ingested via CHORDS, we will partner with you in exploring methods for improving data quality along with a group of folks facing similar challenges in the management of their sensor data. Many of the data quality algorithms our lab has produced are well underway and our goal is to apply them as early in the data collection phase as possible. Our team is eager to work with others in the collective accomplishment of these goals for the benefit of the ESIP Community. Please contact Mike Daniels,, for more information.

New Educational Website for Earth Science
A new educational website called Science Pickle, created by an ESIP Community Member, shares Earth Science-related educational materials for homeschooled students, lifelong learners, teachers, and more. Work by yourself or in teams to explore a variety of activities: reading, inexpensive experiments, data analysis, challenges, software simulations, games, and self-graded assessments. Currently, there are two simulation programs – Sun-Earth Connection and Blackbody Radiation. Each program has built in challenges with answers relating to the topics being explored. The website's creator, John Pickle, welcomes feedback from the ESIP Community.

Reminder of New Partnership Applications
Check out recent ESIP Member Applications and send any comments to

Around the Federation

NSF Workshop on Conceptualizing a National Geospatial Software Institute
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a project ( to conceptualize a national Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure for serving diverse research and education communities. To forward the strong momentum gained from two successful workshops, the third workshop will take place in the Washington DC area (January 27-29, 2019). Submit a position paper by October 31st, 2018. If your position paper is selected, you will receive travel support to attend the workshop.

11th International Symposium on Digital Earth
The 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth (Sept. 2019) will have a theme of “Digital Earth in a Transformed Society” and will celebrate and investigate the virtual representation of our planet as a multidisciplinary collaborative effort that engages different sciences (e.g. Earth, Space, Information, and Human sciences) to monitor and forecast natural and human phenomena. The deadline for session proposals is TODAY (October 15th). Learn more.

Workshop: The Nexus of Climate Data, Insurance, and Adaptive Capacity
This workshop, organized by the Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, Reinsurance Association of America, RENCI, and Wake Forest University, will facilitate a national, interdisciplinary scientific research discussion on modeling and managing climate change risks between three different but related research communities: the climate modeling and data community, statisticians, and researchers within the insurance and reinsurance industries. This workshop will be aimed at active scientific researchers in each community, with the goals of: sharing perspectives, methods, and databases; defining gaps of existing research; and forming actionable research paths which can only be addressed by teams which are new, collaborative and interdisciplinary. Learn more.

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