ESIP Update: eScience Institute Partner Highlight, Information Quality Cluster Blog Post, ESIP WM20 Breakout Schedule

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ESIP UPDATE: 11.25.2019

Good Morning, ESIP,

A few years ago Alex Howard, then at the Sunlight Foundation, stopped me in my tracks when during the Winter Meeting plenary he thanked Earth science data professionals for their work stewarding valuable Earth science data. I have been such a part of this work, that it didn't occur to me to thank you all.

This year as we have focused on Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information, this has been front of mind this year as we have seen so many examples of how data professionals made data matter through the webinar series and the blog series on 20 years of making data matter.

I am grateful for the ESIP community, those that have stepped up in formal and informal leadership,  who have contributed to our two meetings this year and to ESIP products like the revised Data Citation Guidelines and the Operational Readiness Levels

For those celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I hope that you have a safe, happy holiday! 


Erin Robinson
ESIP Executive Director


Have you registered for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting yet? If you're still undecided, take a look at the 40+ breakout sessions planned! The early registration deadline is in less than 2 weeks and the hotel block will surely fill up quickly!

Looking for some great reads this week? Check out this Partner Highlight about the eScience Institute, including why they participate in ESIP, and a new blog post about the Information Quality Cluster's recent activities and their white paper entitled, Understanding the Various Perspectives of Earth Science Observational Data Uncertainty.

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Meetings Committee, Cloud Computing, Documentation
  • Tuesday: CLEAN, Information Quality, Governance, Semantic Tech

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

Data to Action Webinar Series
Have you missed any of the past webinars? You can still check out the recordings here!

Register NOW to get early bird rates!
Learn about just a few of our plenary speakers below!

Christy Monaco, Chief Ventures Officer at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Monaco joined NGA in April 2013 and since October of 2017 has served as NGAs Chief Ventures Officer. Director of NGA’s Corporate Assessment and Program Evaluation Office. In this role, she coordinates NGAs innovation initiatives with agency stakeholders, government partners, industry and academia, focusing on innovation and the incubation and adoption of new ventures that create unique combinations of people, process, and technology to sustain NGA competitive advantage. She also leads NGAs acquisition innovation efforts, strategy, and manages relationships with the commercial sector. More.

Paco Nathan, Managing Partner at Derwen, Inc.
Known as a “player/coach”, with core expertise in data science, natural language, machine learning, cloud computing; 35+ years tech industry experience, ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups. Co-chair for Rev conference, former co-chair for JupyterCon. Advisor for NYU Coleridge Initiative, IBM Data Science Community, Amplify Partners, Recognai, Primer AI, Data Spartan. Previous roles: Director, Learning Group at O'Reilly Media and Director, Community Evangelism for Apache Spark. Author of: Fifty Years of Data Management and Beyond; Just Enough Math; Enterprise Data Workflows with Cascading; and co-editor for the upcoming Rich Search and Discovery for Research Datasets. Cited among “Top 30 People in Big Data and Analytics” by Innovation Enterprise in 2015. More.

Nadine Alameh, CEO at Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Alameh is a recognized leader in the field of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), having built a career out of her dedication to interoperability, innovation and information sharing in a multitude of domains including Aviation, Earth Observations, Public Safety and Defense. Prior to OGC, she held various roles in industry from the Chief Architect for Innovation in Northrop Grumman’s Civil Solutions Unit; to CEO of a small international Aviation data exchange business; to senior technical advisor to NASA’s Applied Science Program. More.

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration OPEN!
Registration is now open for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register now through December 6th to take advantage of early-bird registration rates!

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: ESIP and OGC Coverage Processing and Analysis Sprint
ESIP and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) are convening an agile development sprint to advance APIs for analytics on coverages, arrays, and gridded data beginning the day before the ESIP Winter Meeting (1/6) and continuing on 1/7. This will be a key event in the development of OGC APIs for geospatial resources and building blocks for community APIs. A previous OGC API Hackathon in June 2019 advanced common elements across OGC APIs for Features, Coverages, Map Tiles, Processing and Catalogs. The next sprints are advancing specific elements of the individual APIs. You may opt to register for this event using the same registration form as is used for the ESIP Winter Meeting linked here. A limited amount of travel support is available. Please complete this form if you would like to be considered for this support.

More ESIP News 

Partner Highlight: eScience Institute
The eScience Institute ( is the hub of data-intensive discovery at the University of Washington. The institute empowers researchers and students in all fields to answer fundamental questions through the use of large, complex, and noisy data, and leads a community of innovators in the techniques, technologies, and best practices of data science and the fields that depend on them. Learn more about the eScience Institute, including Hackweeks they host and why the organization participates in ESIP here.

Join the Next Cloud Computing Cluster Telecon (11/25 at 1 pm ET)
Join the Cloud Computing Cluster for a telecon TODAY to hear Katie Baynes, System Architect for NASA Earth Science Data and Information Systems, talk about her organization’s strategy for Big Data using commercial cloud environments. This will be a preview of her upcoming talk at AGU, but with more content and time for questions in the small cluster setting. As time allows, others are also welcome to briefly mention their cloud-related sessions planned for the ESIP Winter Meeting
Dial in by phone: +1 (571) 317-3112; Access Code: 445-841-573

Join the Next Documentation Cluster Telecon (11/25 at 2 pm ET)
The ESIP Documentation Cluster is continuing efforts started at the 2019 ESIP Summer Meeting to create a recommendation for FAIR Metadata in three dialects (EML, ISO, and DataCite). Please join us for a discussion of metadata that supports the I & R in FAIR (Interoperability & Reusability).
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3131 (Access Code: 938-671-381)

Data Help Desk at AGU 2019
The Data FAIR at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting is a program, hosted by ESIP, EarthCube, and AGU, along with their partners, that provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain and learn skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Data FAIR will include Town Halls, Workshops, and the Data Help Desk staffed with experts from the Earth and space science informatics community and demos at Exhibit Hall Booth #1329. Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help out. If you'll be at AGU, come see us at the Data Help Desk and join us for the Town Halls! You can also help us tell others about the event using the text found here.

Fall 2019 ESIP Lab Request for Proposals Released
The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab is happy to announce the release of its Fall 2019 Request for Proposals. The ESIP Lab will provide up to $10K of seed funding for incubator-style projects that run 6-8 months and lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out.

Project proposals that address these areas will be given priority:

  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — use of open source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for Earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth science data.

For more information, check out the full RFP and apply by 1/10/20 at:

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ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 





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