ESIP Update: ESIP Lab RFP, Free SGCI Virtual Workshop and more

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ESIP UPDATE: 11.23.2020


As we head into the Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I reflect on and honor that my family will mark Thanksgiving on the lands of the Piscataway, Nanticoke and Susquehannock nations. We honor the men and women of these nations who have come before us, are with us today, and are an essential part of our path forward. It was humbling to work with tribal scholars and leaders in my work at Chesapeake Conservancy as we returned a small piece of land to the Rappahannock tribe in Virginia and worked to build a new National Park at Werowocomoco on the York River at Powatan's seat of power. I encourage you to find ways in your life and work to build connections with the indigenous communities where you live and work. 

At this time of year I choose to focus on gratitude. While there is so much that has changed in 2020, there is so much for which to be grateful. As we head into December, the ESIP team is gearing up for AGU. Annie is pulling together a fantastic and inspiring lineup for Ignite at AGU that you won't want to miss. And Megan is organizing a robust (8-day long!) Data Help Desk, staffed with the 50+ of the best volunteers around to share data-related resources and answer questions! We hope to see you there!

I want to wish all of you a safe Thanksgiving. Our community needs each and every one of you, so please stay well. If COVID has shown us one thing, we are all connected and the importance of science and data is now greater than ever. 


Susan Shingledecker
ESIP Executive Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; Meetings Committee; Documentation; Partnership
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Ag & Climate; Semantic Technologies

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


ESIP Lab 2020 Winter Request for Proposals (due 1/29)
The ESIP Lab supports the Earth science community in building innovative, applied technologies through funding and community input. Additionally, projects are encouraged to have a learning objective as part of their deliverables. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. Learn more about

ESIP Meeting Registration OPEN NOW
Registration is now open for the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (January 26th-29th, 2021; Online). For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. Register now through the early registration deadline of 12/21 to get the best rates. Learn more and register here.

Join the Next Cloud Computing Cluster Telecon TODAY (11/23) at 1 pm ET/10 am PT
Join today's Cloud Computing Cluster Telecon, which will feature Patrick Quinn (Element 84) on the topic of “Optimizations for reading NetCDF as Zarr.” You can find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar

Join the Next Documentation Cluster Telecon TODAY (11/23) at 2 pm ET/11 am PT
Join today's Documentation Cluster Telecon, which will feature Anna Milan (formerly of NCEI) discussing her recent metadata work with the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. You can find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar

More News

Help Inform Future Data Management Education for Science Data (10 min. survey)
From (Bradley Wade Bishop, Assoc. Professor at University of Tennessee): You are being invited to take part in a study on science data management because you are a critical agent as data management is part of your work. Your participation is completely voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. The research is being conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee. I know your time is valuable, but by taking around 10 minutes to participate in this study, you will inform future data management education for science data. An increased understanding of jobs that contain data management should improve access and use of data to benefit all of society. Follow the link for more information: Job Analyses for Science Data Managers.

You will be asked to describe your job tasks and background. Your responses will be anonymous and linked by a unique identifier for any analysis; however, all findings will be reported in the aggregate. I greatly appreciate your contribution to the study. If you have questions at any time about the study or you experience problems, you may contact Bradley Wade Bishop or 865-974-2775 (office). If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in this study, you may also contact the Office of Research Compliance Officer at (865) 974-7697.

Accelerate Your Sustainability Plan: Free SGCI Virtual Workshop for All (Registration Closes TODAY!)
The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) is offering a free, online workshop opportunity that might be interesting to your research and gateway projects. The workshop is called the Gateway Focus Week, one of SGCI's core, project sustainability programs. This 8th Focus Week, starting on Nov. 30, will focus solely on offering practical and effective steps for developing a sustainability strategy. This workshop is suitable for program directors, principal investigators, and research teams who are seeking to invigorate their sustainability planning. Whether a team is writing a new grant or ready to get to the next level with a more mature project, this is a perfect foundational workshop! The full agenda and application are available at

Open Science for a Global Transformation: Call for Papers for a Special Collection in Data Science Journal
In June 2020, CODATA coordinated and published ‘Open Science for a Global Transformation’, a response to the UNESCO consultation from a number of partner international data organizations. The first draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science was released for feedback from member states and the scientific community in early October 2020. To encourage further discussion around the issues addressed in ‘Open Science for a Global Transformation’ and the draft Recommendation on Open Science, the global research data community is invited to share their views, critiques and positions in an open discussion prompted by the draft recommendation and the CODATA-coordinated document. The intention is to create a forum for debate and ultimately a body of reasoned argumentation which can be referenced throughout the UNESCO process. In the Data Science Journal, this will also form a significant body of scholarly material exploring and defining issues around Open Science. One of the venues to be used for this discussion will be a special collection in the CODATA Data Science Journal. To learn more, please see

Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Summer Fellowship Program: Request for Applications to Host a Fellow
EDI is now accepting applications from research projects and field stations interested in hosting a fellow from mid-June to mid August 2021. The application deadline is 12/14/20 with 10 total fellowships likely to be supported. The fellows will have the opportunity to work remotely, though EDI would prefer in-person training at the host site if circumstances allow. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. EDI will train each fellow, who will then gain hands-on experience by participating in data preparation and publication with scientists and information managers from specific host research sites, with EDI support. See this link for more information. Contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke ( with any questions.

Please help us tell others! The Virtual Data Help Desk, which is sponsored by EarthCube and further supported by AGU and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Virtual Data Help Desk will be staffed with experts from the Earth science informatics community to answer data-related questions and to demo useful resources.

When: December 7th-11th, 14th-16th, 2020 during #AGU20 Fall Meeting
Where: Online. Follow the #DataHelpDesk on twitter here.
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