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ESIP UPDATE: 12.09.2019

It is AGU Fall Meeting week. As you plan your week, please don't forget ESIP!  Details are below for the Data FAIR. ESIP staff will be at the Data Help Desk (Booth #1329) throughout the week. Come by and say hello! Better yet, join us on Wednesday afternoon (3:30-5:30 pm) to celebrate Leptoukh Lecturer Barbara Ryan. There will be light refreshments and snacks!

To view other data-related events happening throughout the week, check out:

And don’t forget to tag us in your tweets! #DataHelpDesk #ESIPfed

    This is a busy week, but I would be remiss if I did not remind you to make your travel arrangements for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting in Bethesda. 

    I look forward to meeting many of you this week at AGU! 


    Samantha Sands
    ESIP Meetings Director 

    ESIP @ AGU 

    Over the last few years, ESIP has led a Data FAIR at the AGU Fall Meeting to increase the presence of Earth science data beyond the informatics track. The Data FAIR includes Town Halls, Workshops, and a Data Help Desk staffed with experts from the Earth and space science informatics community to answer your data questions and demo tools and platforms. This year, the Data FAIR is a program of ESIP, EarthCube, AGU, and their partners. At the Data Help Desk, partners from more than 25 organizations will participate as experts throughout the week, including NASA, MathWorks, Esri, Arctic Data Center, DataONE, Environmental Data Initiative, NEON, San Diego Supercomputer Center and Taylor & Francis. Check out the awesome lineup here. Feel free to tell others about these exciting events and stop by booth #1329!

    Here are the places that ESIP staff are presenting: 

    This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

    • Thursday: IT&I Tech Dive on “Location Integration Project — DGGS and Linked Data,” presented by Matthew Purss and Shane Crossman. More info.

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

    Register NOW!
    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!
    There is still time to register for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register here

    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 

    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:

    More News

    News from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN:

    • The 2015 Urban Extents from VIIRS and MODIS for the Continental U.S. Using Machine Learning Methods  is a highly accurate urban settlement layer at a resolution of 500 m, using 2015 satellite data and machine learning methods. The new data set and project work is discussed in a recent article.
    • Another article highlights the third iteration of SEDAC’s Low Elevation Coastal Zones (LECZ) data set and its contribution to a new report by Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT), which examines the increased threat to urban coastal areas from sea level rise. Currently under development, LECZv3 builds on the first global estimates of impacts to urban populations from sea level rise, presented in a 2007 paper by a team from CIESIN and the International Institute for Environment and Development.
    • SEDAC deputy manager Alex de Sherbinin is a contributing author to Chapter Two, “High Mountain Areas.” In IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere.

    Waterhackweek 2020 Applications Open
    Waterhackweek is an annual 5-day workshop held at the University of Washington in partnership with the UW Freshwater Initiative. Diverse teams of researchers come together to create open-source research networks and tools to solve water issues in public health, disaster recovery and climate change, among others. Participants develop software and technology skills at the leading edge of freshwater research, learning how to build and operate a digital infrastructure for sharing, manipulation and understanding of environmental data. Develop and enhance your data science skills while building your network of collaborators, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, professor or industry professional. The next Waterhackweek will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, on March 23-27, 2020. To best benefit, participants are expected to have some prior experience with analysis of freshwater data and programming in Python. Participants will be expected to cover a $100 registration fee and their lodging and travel expenses. Financial support may be available based on demonstrated need. Apply online by December 20, 2019.

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