ESIP Update: E2SIP Workshop, Semantic Harmonization Cluster, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 06.24.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

Many of the data challenges that the ESIP community tackles are of significant interest globally. ESIP's mission includes linking to the global Earth Science data community. 

Over the last two years we have intentionally worked to develop stronger partnerships with Australian collaborators. ESIP partnership is open to international partners and so one step in doing this was for interested Australian organizations to join ESIP. CSIRO, AuScope and NCI joined in the last year. TERN is in the current class of new partners and Geoscience Australia will be joining in the Fall. ESIP also has an MOU with the Australian Research Data Commons, to support the Australian partners nationally in a group called the Earth and Environmental Information Partners (E2SIP).

In addition, the Australian partners have been having E2SIP meetings colocated with other meetings of opportunity. The 2019 E2SIP Workshop was held May 9, 2019 in conjunction with the Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science 2019 (C3DIS 2019) conference in Canberra, Australia. It brought together over 60 participants across economic sectors and domains around common Earth science data challenges. A full blog post on the workshop is here

I know that this topic is of interest to many of you. We will have many international partners at the ESIP Summer Meeting and are going to share this work in more detail during a breakout session on Tuesday afternoon

I am curious to hear if your organization has international collaborators and your thoughts on this growth. 

Have a great week! 

The GeoSemantics Symposium, hosted by ESIP's Semantic Technologies Committee, will take place on Monday, July 15th, the day before the ESIP Summer Meeting kicks off. This year's theme is Building Harmony between Data Semantics and Machine Learning. Register now to join us for the full week of action!

Join the ESIP Drones Cluster and others for the Drone Data API Design Hackathon, to be held in conjunction with the ESIP Summer Meeting on Tuesday July 16th. Learn more here.

The ESIP Education Committee is looking for STEM teachers from middle school, high school, and community colleges to join the Teacher Workshop to be held on Wednesday, July 17th at the ESIP Summer Meeting. Participants will learn how to put data into action in the classroom through the use of Jupyter Notebooks and other Earth science tools. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Disasters Special Webinar; Cloud Computing; Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Information Quality; Semantic Tech
  • Wednesday: Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Marine Data; Disasters

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

More ESIP News 

*TODAY* ESIP Disaster Lifecycle Cluster Special Webinar: Trusted Federal Data Sources for Hazard Response & Decision Making (6/24)
Today, ESIP's Disaster Lifecycle Cluster will host a special webinar at 12 pm ET. The webinar will feature speakers from the USGS, NASA Disasters Program, NOAA National Weather Service, and FEMA and will provide guidance for accessing trusted federal GIS data sources for decision-makers. The webinar will also serve as a ‘primer’ for those planning to attend the Disaster Lifecycle Cluster Session at the ESIP Summer Meeting in Tacoma, WA. Learn more and find connection info here.

*TODAY* New Semantic Harmonization Cluster to Hold Mini-Hackathon 6/21 at 12 pm ET
The brand new ESIP Semantic Harmonization Cluster is a spinoff of the Semantic Technologies Committee. While its long term goals are to disseminate best practices for harmonizing semantic resources, its current focus is on bringing the SWEET ontology up-to-date while harmonizing it with other commonly used ontologies such as ENVO. We have started by tackling ENVO to SWEET harmonization via a series of monthly mini-hackathons focusing for the moment on the cryosphere and the terminology work done under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization's Global Cryosphere Watch program.

When: Monday 6/24, 12:00 pm ET- 2:00 pm ET
Join:, you can also dial in using your phone: +1 (571) 317-3112   (Access Code: 373-181-901)         
Join the Semantic Harmonization Cluster Mailing List: here.

Next ‘Data to Action' Webinar: ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights
The ESIP ‘Data to Action' Webinar Series will take a break in July for the ESIP Summer Meeting. We will reconvene after July, however, with the ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar, a number of fast-paced lightning talks summarizing meeting outcomes and next steps. Check to catch up on past webinars, including last week's webinar on Supporting Better Water Management and Planning in a Changing Climate by Dr. Julie Vano (NCAR).

News from Around the Community

NEON Science Summit (October 15th-17th, 2019; Boulder, CO)
The NEON Science Summit will convene current and prospective users of data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to explore major questions that can be addressed at continental scales. At this workshop you will further your understanding of NEON data products and their potential use, connect with other NEON data users, and help drive questions in ecology and environmental science. This meeting will be conducted in an ‘unconference style,’ which allows participants to drive the agenda, creating substantial freedom in themes and approaches. This workshop will be great for early careerists who are looking to expand their network to colleagues at other institutions working on similar research questions. Learn more and apply here by 7/22. Limited travel funds are available. Remote participation is also an option.

Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care: An Invitation to Reflect and Share
You are invited to read, react to, and share a recent paper entitled ‘Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care.' The contributors describe the intersections of information maintenance and care ethics in ways that are real and meaningful for information maintainers. By “information maintainers,” they mean those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems. The contributors are community organizers and facilitators, archivists, repository managers, project managers, designers, librarians, researchers, grant-makers, educators and more. You are invited to join and contribute to the Information Maintainers community. For more about the group, please see here.

NASA Earth Science Data System Working Group focused on exploring JSON Encodings in Earth Observation Coverages Requests Input on Discussion Paper
The NASA ESDWSG that is exploring JSON encodings in Earth observation coverages has produced a discussion paper. The discussion paper, available as a Google Doc or downloadable here, is meant to spark an interactive discussion on the topic, not a formal review of the paper (i.e., focusing on content, not grammar). Please provide feedback by 7/31 either by requesting access to comment on the Google Doc or sharing feedback with the EOSDIS Standards Office at

The Fourth Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop: Enhancing Knowledge with Giovanni
The 4th Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop will take place as 4 hour-long Webinars, on 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, and 7/24, all at 2 pm ET. The webinars will describe how Giovanni can be used in different ways to enhance scientific knowledge. All webinars will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Learn more and register to join here.

  • June 26: Examples of NASA Giovanni Applications to Earth Science Research: from Outcomes to Method; Dr. Mark R. Jury, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
  • July 10: Using Giovanni for Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET); Sean McCartney and Dr. Amita Mehta, NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program
  • July 17: Giovanni in 2019, and the New Images Selected to the Giovanni Image Hall of Fame; Dr. James Acker, NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
  • July 24: Using Giovanni and R to Analyze Data in an Undergraduate Remote Sensing Class; Dr. Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University

CODATA: Towards Next-Generation Data-Driven Science 2019 Submissions Due 6/24
You are invited to submit paper and poster abstracts for the session “GeoInformatics: building on the foundations for open data sharing and interoperability in the Earth Sciences to support the next generation of data-driven geoscience discovery” during the CoData conference in Beijing, September 19-20, 2019. This session is intended to provide an occasion to showcase the progress of the geoscience community with regard to data-driven science, and highlight opportunities to develop these further and to collaborate with other disciplines. In addition, the session will explore the opportunities that could be opened up through engaging with new initiatives such as the International Union of Geosciences sponsored Deep-Time Digital Earth. Abstracts should be submitted here by TODAY 6/24.

Apply Now for Gateway Focus Week (Sept. 9-13 in Chicago)
Gateway Focus Week (formerly Science Gateways Bootcamp) will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as portals, virtual research environments, hubs, etc.).

  • Leave behind day-to-day tasks to tackle big questions that will help your team articulate the value of your work to key stakeholders.
  • Create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan.
  • Walk away with proven and effective strategies in everything from business and finance to cybersecurity and usability.
  • Network, collaborate, and establish relationships with others doing similar work.
  • Do it all at minimal cost (currently, participants only pay for travel, lodging, and a few meals).

Apply by 7/19 here. This opportunity is offered by the Science Gateways Community Institute. Send questions to

RDA's 14th Plenary Meeting in Helsinki, Finland
RDA's 14th Plenary Meeting (Oct. 23rd – Oct. 25th, 2019) will bring together data experts in research, industry, and policy-making from all around the world and from all disciplines under the theme Data Makes the Difference. With this theme, the meeting will address the extensive potential of research data in improving decision making, tackling grand societal challenges, and engaging citizens in the creation of knowledge and betterment of society. Data has enormous and diverse potential to change how we work, make decisions and empower citizens. The 14th RDA plenary will explore the extensive ways data can make the difference by bringing together diverse group of experts from all around the globe. Learn more here.

World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open
The WDS Data Stewardship Award is awarded annually to celebratee the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the involvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations. Starting this year, nominations are open to any scientific organization, group, body, union, or otherwise; however, WDS Members are especially encouraged to send recommendations if you know of an early career researcher who deserves to have their accomplishments recognized. Learn more and nominate by 7/29 here.

CU Boulder Earth Data Analytics Professional Certificate
If you're looking to gain skills in Earth data science and scientific programming, this nine credit professional certificate program provides fundamental skills required to work in the rapidly growing field of earth data science. Graduates will be prepared to launch or advance careers as data scientists, data analysts, GIS/geospatial analysts, remote sensing scientists, or product managers, among other careers. The certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced earth science professionals, and career changers. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate here. This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. Priority applications are due by 7/1, with the final application deadline being 8/12. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

Register for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI)
FSCI is a week-long program of coursework, group activities, and hands-on training around the latest trends in scholarly communication to be held Aug. 5th-9th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Courses feature the latest technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, current standards and expectations, and explores ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship. Who should attend? Researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and post docs from across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Learn more, register, and apply for travel assistance here.

AGU is just under 6 months away. ESIP Community Members suggest you consider submitting to the following sessions. To avoid an overload of individual messages to the ESIP-All Mailing List, we will share sessions here in the Monday Update each week.

  • ED023* – Earth Data Science Education: Training Earth Scientists for Interdisciplinary Work on New and Emerging Approaches; this session will focus on pedagogy and teaching that incorporate data science methods in Earth Science curricula. Potential topics include data wrangling, data integration and assimilation, machine learning, Semantic Web, augmented reality, visual analytics, or any other data-driven problem-solving method.
  • IN006 – Scalable Cloud Optimized Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for Earth Science Big Data and Analytics; this session will focus on Earth observations that are service oriented and distributed via geographic information systems (GIS) in the cloud, especially as coupled with 3D/4D visualization/analysis and machine/deep learning.
  • IN035Making Data Uncertainty Information FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; this session seeks to discover solutions (from conceptual prototype to operational) that intend to make uncertainty information for all varieties of Earth science data FAIR and targets open-source solutions of varying types, e.g., web tools/services, documented practices/policies, metadata standards, data recipes, software packages, community repositories/hubs, cloud-based analytics, etc.
  • IN038 – Near Real-Time/Low Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications; this session seeks contributions that demonstrate the benefit of near real time/low latency scientific or social media data, discuss innovative real time analysis approaches including machine learning and big data strategies, decrease data delivery latency, or identify gaps in current capabilities.

View all Earth and Space Science Informatics Sessions here. The abstract submission deadline is July 31st, 2019.

*Note that abstracts submitted to Education (or Public Affairs) sessions are not subject to the first author rule, so you can submit as first author to both Education and ESSI. Learn more here.

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