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ESIP UPDATE: 11.04.2019

Good Morning, ESIP,

Have you registered for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting yet? Below, you can see some of the fantastic plenary speakers we have lined up for Tuesday 1/7. You can expect to see a full schedule of breakout sessions very soon!

We are very excited to announce that the next ESIP Lab RFP has been released. These awards 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. Learn more and check out past Lab projects here.

Looking for some great reads this week? Check out Making Data Matter with Bob Sandusky, the latest installment in ESIP's Making Data Matter Interview Series. Also of note this week is The History and Future of Data Citation in Practice, authored by ESIP Community Members Mark Parsons, Ruth Duerr, and Matt Jones.

The slate of candidates has been finalized for ESIP's 2020 Leadership Vote. We would like to express our appreciation to all candidates for their willingness to give of their time and energy to ESIP and we would like to recognize the hard work of the Nominations Committee as well.

As we look ahead to AGU Fall Meeting, we wanted to share that ESIP (along with our Partners) is organizing another Data FAIR. It will be an exciting opportunity for you to share and exchange expertise on skills and techniques to make data and software open and FAIR. There will be Town Halls, Workshops, and a Data Help Desk, where you can sign up by 11/13 to answer data-related questions or demo a tool or platform. We hope you will consider volunteering!

Have a great week,

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting | Jan. 7-9, 2020 in Bethesda, MD
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.

Data to Action Webinar Series
Data for our Planet: Increasing the Use and Value of Global Information Infrastructures to Support Resilient Cities, Disaster Risk Reduction and Infectious Diseases 
Who: Lesley Wyborn & Erin Robinson
When: Wednesday November 13th at 4:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate; Envirosensing
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Data Stewardship, Disasters
  • Friday: Sustainable Data Management

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

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

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

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: ESIP and OGC API – Coverage Analytics 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:

ESIP 2020 Leadership Ballot
The ESIP Nominations Committee has released a finalized ballot for ESIP's elected leadership offices for 2020. The nominations and ballot can be seen here. We would like to warmly thank all candidates for their willingness to give of their time and energy to ESIP.

Making Data Matter with Bob Sandusky
To celebrate ESIP’s 20+ year existence, Arika Virapongse interviewed ESIP community members about their perspectives on progress toward making Earth science data matter over the last 20+ years. In the final interview in the series, Bob Sandusky gives his perspective and reminds us that, “Those of us working in the Library and Information Science space today agree that data should be free and open for people to use, and not commercialized.” Read the full interview here.

Volunteer at the Data Help Desk at AGU 2019: Demo Tools, Answer Data Questions, and More!
ESIP is organizing another Data FAIR at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting. The program, hosted by ESIP and AGU, along with their partners, 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. We are looking for volunteers to sign-up for shifts at the Data Help Desk. You can sign up to participate in one or both of the following ways: 1) Data Reference Desk (where volunteers answer data questions) and 2) Tool and Platform Demos (where volunteers demo tools/services/platforms, etc). If you are interested, please let us know (by 11/13): Spots filled up quickly last year! Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform! Questions? Contact

News from Around the Community
Location Powers: Data Science Summit (11/13-11/14, Google Crittenden Campus, Mountain View, CA)
The Location Powers: Data Science summit will convene experts on data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, remote sensing and GIS to provide a technology basis. Participation by leaders in social sciences, business development and government policy will lead to recommendations that have meaningful outcomes from the geospatial data science developments. Learn more and register to attend here.

Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum
You are invited to attend the Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum (Nov. 5-7, 2019) at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA. There a growing community of atmospheric and ocean professionals will gather to share advances in data collection, analysis, and our understanding of MetOcean interactions. Discuss how multidimensional data and web apps can put scientific information to work in your organization. Consider the potential of sharing knowledge across these disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Be a part of this growing community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications. Learn more and register to attend here.

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