ESIP Update: Congrats to our Award Winners!

Each year, the ESIP community celebrates individuals and partners who go above and beyond.

In the ESIP Update this week:

ESIP News and Events

Congratulations to all our ESIP Award Winners!

In the spirit of ESIP’s 2024 theme, “Grounded in Trust: Data Ethics Empower Collaboration,” this year’s awardees show how individuals help build and maintain the foundations of teamwork and initiatives. Our Partner of the Year showcases how a  small company can make a big difference in leading geospatial tech.

“Our award winners this year show the impact that individuals can have on larger collaborations and even whole fields,” said Susan Shingledecker, executive director of ESIP. “Their sustained leadership and involvement speaks to the essence of ESIP. We are a volunteer community and people’s generous offerings of their professional expertise and time is what fuels us.”

ESIP Partner of the Year
Element 84

Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Chen from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

ESIP President's Award
David Blodgett from the USGS Water Mission Area Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division

ESIP Catalyst Award
Aimee Barciauskas from Development Seed

Falkenberg Award
Antarpreet Jutla from the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE), University of Florida

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ESIP Meeting Highlights Webinar

How often do you attend a webinar, push through a conference, get really excited about a tool or process, then the implementation falls flat?

That is because learning takes integration. Many of us love the idea of a new idea, but turning a spark into sustained action takes effort.

We support the idea-to-action transformation for our ESIP Meeting content by hosting a distilled, reflective highlights webinar. It's a chance for our #EarthScienceData community leaders to process, share what they learned, and — most importantly — map out next steps.

Join us on Wednesday, Feb 21 at 4 pm US Eastern Time for the 2024 January ESIP Meeting Highlights Webinar. Sign up via the ESIP Community Calendar:

Also, check out the posters and presentations from the meeting our ESIP Figshare Repository.

Community Calendar

Here is what to expect this week:

  • Tuesday
    • Envirosensing: 5 pm ET
  • Wednesday
    • COPDESS: 5 pm ET
  • Thursday
    • Marine Data: 2 pm ET
    • Disaster Lifecycle: 4 pm ET

See the full Community Calendar. 

Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description. We list all times in U.S. Eastern Time; check the time in your time zone.

Please review and follow our community guidelines and data privacy policy

Collaboration Areas

Data Stewardship Committee: New Focus & Leadership

Our Data Stewardship Committee is taking a new approach in the run up to the ESIP Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina, this July. 

Given a specific topic with a critical need and lots of questions to be answered (like wildfires), but that has many data types, sources, and formats, what role could the ESIP committees and clusters play in helping to address challenges and barriers to effective and efficient data integration? 

Join the Committee on Monday, Feb 12 for their first 2024 meeting to learn more, contribute ideas, and get excited about data integration across ESIP. 

The call is Monday, Feb 12 at 3 pm ET. Join via the ESIP Community Calendar:

Sem Tech: Database Applications in Geoscience

Join the Semantic Technologies Committee and guest speaker James Ogg from Purdue University to discuss online databases of geologic formations in Asia and Africa with display onto plate reconstructions. 

The call is Tuesday, Feb 13 at 3 pm ET. Join via the ESIP Community Calendar:

Data Readiness Cluster: ML dataset format – Croissant

Join the cluster and guest speaker Omar Benjelloun from Google to discuss Croissant, a high-level format for machine learning datasets that uses four layers.

The call is Tuesday, Feb 20 at 1 pm ET. Join via the ESIP Community Calendar:

What's Happening in Earth Science Data

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Internet of Water Webinar (Feb 6) 

Join the Internet of Water Coalition to discuss the role of water data in supporting water reuse. This webinar will highlight two examples of data-driven, water recycling partnership in water scarce regions. Register for the webinar, taking place on Feb 6 at 10 am US Eastern Time.

NSF-sponsored workshop on “Sustainable Computing for Sustainability” (Feb 15; April 16-17) 

The NSF Workshop on Sustainable Computing for Sustainability will be held at National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA, on April 16-17. Space is limited for in-person and hybrid formats; submit a statement of interest by Feb 15. 

Make Data Count Webinar (Feb 22) 

DataCite, supported by the Wellcome Trust, has shared the first release of the Data Citation Corpus. Read more about the project and join them for an informational webinar on Feb 22 at 11 am US Eastern Time.

Year of Open Science Conference (March 21-22) 

The Center for Open Science (COS), in collaboration with NASA, is hosting a no-cost, online culminating conference on March 21 and 22 to showcase the outcomes, coalition-building efforts, and ongoing work stemming from the 2023 Year of Open Science (YOS).

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AI-readiness Funding Opportunity (Feb 21)

The FARR (FAIR in ML, AI-readiness, and Reproducibility) Research Coordination Network invites proposals for focused, limited-term efforts to advance some aspect of AI-readiness in an earth sciences domain. Application review starts Feb 21. 

2024 OpenAQ Community Ambassador Program (Feb 21)

Applications are open for the 2024 OpenAQ Community Ambassador Program, which supports ten emerging air quality leaders in low- and middle-income countries in developing skills to fight air inequality—the unequal access to clean air. The stipend is $2,000 over ten months for fully remote collaborations. Applications close on Feb 21.

M. Lee Allison Geoinformatics Award (Feb 28)

This award is granted annually by the Geological Society of America Geoinformatics Division for outstanding contributions to geosciences through the application of the principles of Geoinformatics. Nominations are due by Feb 28.

New NSF Co-sponsored Initiative: the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) (March 1)

The NAIRR is a vision for a shared national research infrastructure for responsible discovery and innovation in AI.  The NAIRR pilot is being launched and led by the U.S. National Science Foundation in partnership with ten other federal agencies and many non-governmental partners.

  • Call for Allocations (March1): Initial NAIRR Pilot call for allocations to high performance computing resources
  • Survey (March 8): a Survey on Researcher and Educator Use Cases for the NAIRR
  • NAIRR pilot resources: The NAIRR pilot is making available AI-related resources contributed by our partners, such as AI ready datasets, pre-trained models, analytic platforms, and software.


New NSF Funding Opportunity (March 15)

The National Science Foundation is offering a new funding opportunity: Collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Geosciences (CAIG). The CAIG program seeks to advance the development and adoption of innovative artificial intelligence (AI) methods to increase scientific understanding of the Earth system.

Join an informational webinar on Monday, Jan 22 at 1 pm ET. Proposals are due March 15. 

Job Opportunities

Join ESIP Slack and check out the #job-opportunities channel.






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