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ESIP UPDATE: October 16, 2017

Good morning ESIP –

We're midway through October and there is lots going on around ESIP! If you're heading to GEO next week, make sure to stop by the ESIP booth! Also, in case you missed last week's IT&I TechDive call, check it out here. Rob Bochenek, an information architect at Axiom Data Science, previewed the Research Workspace: A web-based tool for data sharing, documentation, analysis, and publication.  

Annie B. and the ESIP staff

P.S. Keep up on all the action on Slack! If you are not already on the ESIP Slack team: here is your INVITATION.  If you are on Slack, are you using the Slack App? It's a much better GUI. Grab it HERE

Federation News  

  • SWEET 3.0.0
  • CALL for Winter 2018 sessions is OPEN
  • Who do YOU want in ESIP Leadership? Nominate someone today!
  • ESIP member recognition opportunities are open for nominations
  • ESIP 2018 Winter Meeting Registration is Open

Around the Federation

  • Geospatial and Spatiotemporal Ontology and Semantics session at AAG 2018
  • AGU Data Help Desk
  • AGU Ignite!


  • Monday: Data Stewardship
  • Tuesday: Education, SciComm, 
  • Wednesday: Science Software, Data to Decisions, VR/AR, Visioneers
  • Thursday: ESDA, Drones

Telecon highlights:  Leslie Hsu from the USGS Community for Data Integration is an invited speaker on Monday's Data Stewardship telecon.

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

Federation News

SWEET 3.0.0
The ESIP Semantic Technologies Committee [0] is happy to announce the immediate release and availability of the next SWEET [1] release.

What is SWEET? SWEET is a highly modular ontology suite with ~6000 concepts in ~200 separate ontologies covering Earth system science. You can view the entire concept space from an ontology editor/tool such as Protege by reading in the convenience sweetAll.ttl file packaged with every release. Alternatively, ontologies can be viewed individually. SWEET consists of nine top-level concepts/ontologies and is considered as a middle-level ontology; most users add a domain-specific ontology which build off of these top-level SWEET components. SWEET ontologies are written in W3C Turtle; the Terse RDF Triple Language and are publicly available under the Apache License v2.0.
You can download SWEET from the official SWEET Github releases page [2], please make sure to download the release with the ‘Latest Release' tag. Additionally, SWEET is now also available as linked data via the ESIP Community Ontology Repository [3]. The changes/release report contained within this release can be viewed at the same Github download location from which you obtained the release itself.
For further information on SWEET Community and Development please see [4]. This resource can also be used for community discussion as well as reporting technical issues.

CALL for Winter 2018 sessions is OPEN.
Here is the Call for Sessions for the 2018 Winter Meeting in Bethesda, MD. This call will END Monday, October 30, 2017.

Who do YOU want in ESIP Leadership? Nominate someone today!
Nominations for 2018 ESIP leadership are now OPEN!  If you are interested in serving or nominating someone, please use the following Google Form to nominate: The nominations committee will reach out to those that have been nominated to confirm the nomination and explain next steps in the process. 

For the positions that are accepting nominations, please see the following link: There are position descriptions here for more information about the individual roles as well.  

We welcome new faces to leadership!  If you've never served in a leadership capacity the committees are a great place to get started. If you are new or have questions, please feel free to send us an email at we are here to help! Nominations will be accepted through October 31, 2017.

ESIP Member Recognition opportunities: Nominations are open!
The ESIP Partner of the Year
This award is to honor an ESIP member organization that best exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas, through the sharing of a success story.
The Martha Maiden Award
This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information.

ESIP 2018 Winter Meeting Registration is Open
Registration is OPEN for the 2018 ESIP Winter Meeting, January 9th – 11th in Bethesda, MD! Our theme for 2018 is Data for our Changing Earth: Realizing the socioeconomic value of Earth science data. 

Register Here

Around the Federation

Geospatial and Spatiotemporal Ontology and Semantics session at AAG 2018
Session Title: Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Symposium: Geospatial and Spatiotemporal Ontology and Semantics

Session Organizer: Alex Sorokine (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) ( corresponding

Session Co-organizers:
Chen-Chieh Feng (National University of Singapore) (
Dalia Varanka (USGS) (
Jeon-Young Kang (SUNY at Buffalo) (

Abstract Deadline: Same as AAG Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline. See more information here.

AGU Help Desk
Now that AGU abstracts have been assigned to sessions (thanks, Lesley Wyborn & Program Committee!), it's time to think about the AGU Data Fair!

New this year and inspired by Ruth Duerr, ESSI President, we are adding a Data Help Desk to the Data Fair activities.The Data Help Desk will have three sections 1) Data Reference Desk  (where volunteers can answer data questions) 2) Data Management Workshops (where volunteers will give data-centric workshops) and 3) Tool and Platform Demos (where volunteers can provide a tool/service demonstration).

We are looking for volunteers to sign-up for each of the Help Desk sections for hour long shifts. Sign-up is here: 

Join the fun and learn more about this and other data-centric Fall Meeting events at:

AGU Ignite!
Get ready to IGNITE the AGU! You can start by joining the #ignite-2017 channel.  It's your turn to tell your story! Staff is ready to help you out. Here are the talks from last year:

Check the archives ->

Email us at

Remember to check out ESIP on Facebook and follow @ESIPfed and the #ESIPFed hashtag on Twitter to keep up with everything ESIP. 

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




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