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ESIP UPDATE: 05.01.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

Happy May! This morning I am pleased to share with you a look back at 2018 through the release of ESIP's 2018 Annual Report, a document that highlights goals, activities, and champions in line with last year's theme of Promoting techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information, and applications. As the report aptly states, it is only with you that ESIP continues to elevate the importance of making data matter. We are so grateful for your support and contributions.

From looking back to looking ahead, there is much to look forward to in the near future, including a webinar hosted by the ESIP Cloud Computing Cluster next Monday (5/6) at 1 pm ET, featuring lightning talks from 10+ community members on their work in cloud computing.

Also of note is “Now Hear This! A FUNding Friday Sonification Project,” a recent blog post by ESIP Community Fellow Patrick Chandler. FUNding Friday is an annual mini-grant competition held at the ESIP Summer Meeting, yet another reason to consider joining us in Tacoma this July!

Have a great week everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

ESIP's 2018 Annual Report highlights goals, activities, and champions of the year.

Register for the ESIP Summer Meeting

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 about how to participate and how to apply for limited travel funding 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 in action in the classroom through the use of Jupyter Notebooks and other Earth science tools. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

Join the next webinar in ESIP's ‘Data in Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information‘ Webinar Series

The 4th National Climate Assessment: Translating Data to Inform Decisions
When: Friday May 17th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
More Info:
View past webinars: ESIP YouTube Channel

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Data Stewardship; Disasters Lifecycle

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

More ESIP News 

ESIP Cloud Computing Cluster Lightning Talks
Join the next Cloud Computing Cluster telecon on Monday 5/6 at 1 pm ET for 10+ lightning talks from community members on their work in cloud computing. You'll also have a chance to meet new cluster leaders (Patrick Quinn of Element 84, Inc. and Zhenlong Li of University of South Carolina), and to give your input on upcoming activities. See here for connection info.

More about the Cloud Computing Cluster: As geospatial computing continues to demand more volume, variety, and velocity (core characteristics of big data), the ESIP Cloud Computing Cluster helps people tackle these challenges through cloud-based architectures, technologies, and software. By bringing together users, developers, and researchers from industry, government, and academia, this Cluster provides a virtual platform for ESIP members and broader communities to share relevant knowledge and experience. The Cluster also aims to help foster collaborations among different organizations and individuals to work together to better apply cloud technologies to today’s data challenges.

Now Hear This! A FUNding Friday Sonification Project
In a new blog post, ESIP Community Fellow Patrick Chandler describes his 2018 FUNding Friday Project to design a usable science sonification for visually impaired audiences and for the general public that motivates listeners to consider appropriate actions to combat climate change. FUNding Friday is an annual mini-grant competition associated with ESIP’s Summer Meeting. Learn more here.

Data Citation Guidelines Version 2 Posted for Comment
ESIP's Citation Guidelines Cluster, a collaboration between members of the Data Stewardship Committee and the Software & Services Citation Cluster, has developed the Data Citation Guidelines Version 2. These guidelines are updated from Version 1 to include a refinement of core concepts and a mapping of concepts to more metadata dialects. This version also provides new guidance on dynamic data citation and contains a new section on resolving citations. Read and comment on the Data Citation Guidelines Version 2 here by 5/22.

Next ‘Data in Action' Webinar: The 4th National Climate Assessment
In the third webinar in the ESIP 2019 Webinar Series ‘Data in Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information,’ a panel of speakers will share how the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4) was developed, including what standards of transparency and traceability were used for data included in it, and how the NCA4 is being used now to engage with communities and inform decision-making.

When: Friday May 17th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Join:, or dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)

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News from Around the Community

Earth Educators' Rendezvous Early Bird Registration Deadline (5/1)
Today is the Early Bird registration deadline for the 2019 Earth Educators' Rendezvous to be held in Nashville, TN (July 15th-19th, 2019). There is also still time to submit a poster or share-a-thon presentation. Learn more and register here.

Check out the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) Road Trip
The National Science Foundation launched the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network in 1980 with a handful of sites. Today, the LTER Network consists of 28 sites in virtually every biome of the United States. Take a virtual road trip across the sites here.

Comment on draft white paper: TRUST Principles for Data Repositories
The authors of the TRUST (Transparency, Responsibility, User Community, Sustainability, and Technology) Principles White Paper for data repositories request your feedback. The TRUST Principles focus on improving capabilities for managing, curating, preserving, and disseminating data. The Principles were created by an interdisciplinary team and were just released at RDA P13 during the session of the Interest Group on RDA/WDS Certification of Digital Repositories. View and comment on their latest draft at by 5/13.

GeoHackWeek Workshop on Geospatial Data Science
The University of Washington’s eScience Institute will host a GeoHackWeek, Sept. 9-13, 2019. The week will include five days of tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking, focused on open source tools to analyze and visualize geospatial data. Visit for details and to apply by 5/1.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Invites Developers to the OGC API Hackathon
According to OGC, the most important hackathon in OGC history will take place in London on June 20th and 21st, 2019. The event will test draft OpenAPI-based specifications for features, coverages, map tiles, and processes using a common Application Programming Interface (API) template. It will be instrumental to the evolution of OGC web standards to a modern API-based approach, setting the course for open geospatial standards – in and outside OGC – for the next decade. For more information, including venue information, registration requirements, and expected skill sets, visit the OGC API Hackathon event page or register on Eventbrite by 5/3.

Gateways 2019 Call for Participation Extended
The 4th Gateways Annual Conference, which will be hosted Sept 23-25, 2019 in San Diego, CA, is an opportunity for gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect, and shape the future of gateways. Gateways are user-friendly interfaces to scientific computing, data, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education. This year's conference is co-located with the eScience conference. It will feature hands-on tutorials, demos, keynotes, presentations, panels, posters, and more. Submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels are now being accepted.m Abstracts are due by 5/6 and full submissions are due by 5/15. Learn more here.

NASA Frontier Development Lab 2019 Challenge Areas
The NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL), hosted by the SETI Institute, is an interdisciplinary research accelerator that combines talented researchers in AI with domain specialist researchers at the PhD and Postdoc level. FDL is looking for talented researchers with interest and capacity in several challenge areas for a 2019 research sprint. Places are open for both Researchers and Mentors, who receive a stipend and accommodation at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley for eight weeks, 6/24/2019-8/16/2019. See the challenge areas and apply here.

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.

Submit to ApacheCon NA 2019 – Geospatial Track
ApacheConNA will be September 9-13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Submit presentations by 5/13 here to the Geospatial Track, which will consider a range of geospatial implementations ranging from location as an attribute, to projects which perform spatial analytics including handling of coordinate reference systems (CRSs), geometries and arrays. Emphasis is invited on the use of open standards including the recently updated CRS Well Known Text, version 2 from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The geospatial track will foster discussions leading to reduced development effort through reuse and increased quality of geospatial information handling. Discussions about this track are invited on

CIMSS Announces GOES-16/17 Virtual Science Fair
As part of the GOES-R Education Proving Ground, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is holding a Virtual Science Fair to encourage students (grades 6-14) to work with GOES-16 or GOES-17 data to investigate weather and natural hazards. Prizes include official GOES-T launch invites and coaches of the winning teams will have their travel paid to AMS Centennial meeting. Learn more and apply here by 5/3.

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