ESIP Update: ESIP Meeting Call for Sessions, Data to Action Webinar, Peer Recognition, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 09.16.2019

Hello Everyone,

This Monday Update is especially jam-packed. Here are just some of the highlights. Find more info below or by clicking the hyperlinks.

  • The 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting Call for Sessions has been released. Submit your proposal by 10/18.
  • The next Data to Action Webinar will be this week (9/20 at 2 pm ET). The webinar will feature 2 parts: New Approaches to Dealing with Increasing Volumes of Data for Numerical Weather Prediction & 2019 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop Recap. See contributors and read the full abstract here.
  • An important aspect of the ESIP community is recognizing the outstanding accomplishments and service of our partner organizations and individual participants. At this time, we especially encourage you to nominate an individual for the Martha Maiden Award and to nominate an organization for the ESIP Partner of the Year Award by 10/31.
  • Great reading this week: Making Data Matter with Christine Laney.

There is much more below, so please read on!

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Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting | Jan. 7-9, 2020 in Bethesda, MD
Call for Sessions OPEN NOW through 10/18!
Learn more at:

Data to Action Webinar: New Approaches to Dealing with Increasing Volumes of Data for Numerical Weather Prediction & 2019 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop Recap

Who: Kim Valentine, Acting NOAA Deputy Geospatial Information Officer; Eugene Burger, PI Data Integrations Group at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; Jebb Stewart, Chief, Informatics, Visualization, and Outreach Section at NOAA/ESRL Global Systems Division
When: Friday September 20th, 2:00 – 3:00 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:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Governance
  • Wednesday: Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citations; Education; Drones
  • Friday: Machine Learning

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

More ESIP News 

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Call for Sessions NOW OPEN!
We have opened the session proposal portal for the 2020 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (Jan. 7-9, 2020) in Bethesda, Maryland! For 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.
We especially welcome session proposals related to our 2020 theme: Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Learn more and find the link to submit a proposal by 10/18 here.

Nominate an Individual for the Martha Maiden Award
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture the ESIP Federation into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth Science information community. This award, which is given annually at the ESIP Winter Meeting, honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. Learn more, view past recipients, and nominate a person by 10/31 here.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP Partner of the Year
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for partner organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #4 (Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information). *NEW THIS YEAR*: the award now comes with 2 free ESIP Meeting registrations. Learn more and nominate your own organization or another one by 10/31 here.

Making Data Matter with Christine Laney
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 8th interview in the series, Christine Laney shares her perspective. Read the interview here.

New Partner Organization Candidates Up for Comment
ESIP reviews new applications for partnership on a quarterly basis. As part of this process, the Partner Assembly is notified of new applications and has 30 days to comment prior to the quarterly ESIP Board Meeting. You can view the 7 recent applicants here

ESIP Documentation Cluster: Developing Recommendations for FAIR Metadata
During the next three months, the ESIP Documentation Cluster is continuing efforts started at the 2019 ESIP Summer Meeting to create a recommendation for FAIR Metadata in three dialects (EML, ISO, and DataCite). Please join us for a discussion of metadata that supports the F in FAIR (Findability). See telecon info below.

What: Documentation Cluster Telecon: Metadata that Support Findability
When: Monday September 23rd, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3131 (Access Code: 938-671-381)

Job Opportunity: ESIP Meetings Director
ESIP is seeking applicants to join our core team in the position of ESIP Meetings Director. The ESIP Meetings Director will support the organization of at least two national ESIP meetings per year. as well as several smaller convenings. The Meetings Director is expected to be passionate about the Earth science informatics community, self-motivated, and able to operate independently and effectively in a work environment based largely on the use of communications technology, rather than daily face-to-face interactions. Learn more about responsibilities and duties, qualifications, and how to apply here. Applications will be reviewed immediately, with those received by 8/30 receiving first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Please share with your colleagues!

Submit a Talk Idea for Ignite@AGU Fall Meeting 2019
The popular science storytelling event, Ignite@AGU, is returning to the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Sponsored by NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and held in partnership with the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and AGU’s Earth Science and Space Informatics Section (ESSI), the event enables scientists to showcase their professional and personal interests through fast-moving, creative presentations. Be bold – it’s the best stage all week! Learn more about the event and how to submit a talk idea here. Questions? Email

When: Wednesday, December 11th from 6-8:30pm
Format: 5 minute talk with 20 auto-advancing slides
Submission Deadline: October 18th
Announcement of Selected Talks: November 1st

Please Share: Call for ESIP Community Fellow Applications
ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students and post-docs (<2 yrs since graduation) interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides fellows with a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Community fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings. As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities, they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities. Fellows receive a stipend of $2000 and paid travel to the 2020 ESIP Winter (Jan. 7th-9th in Bethesda, MD) and Summer (July 2020, TBD) Meetings. Fellows must be able to attend both meetings to participate in the fellowship. You can learn about the 2019 Class of Community Fellows here. Learn more about the opportunity and apply by 10/7 here.

News from Around the Community

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.

Flyover Country Paleogeosciences Visualization Survey
As part of the activities of the Flyover Country project (, a survey has been drafted asking people in the paleogeosciences to help understand how researchers represent their data, and how complex spatio-temporal data might be better represented in the future. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked for background on your specific research domain, shown some visualizations and asked whether you have used them. You will also be asked about the sources of your research data and your interaction with various Community Curated Data Resources. The collective feedback will be shared with the community to help advance the practice of visualization in the paleogeosciences. Take the survey here.

Research!America Announces Call For Proposals for Science Student Groups Civic Engagement Projects
Research!America is announcing a request for proposals from graduate student- and postdoc-led science policy groups for the alliance’s civic engagement initiative. Started in 2018, the Civic Engagement Microgrant Program supports activities developed by students to connect directly with public officials and community leaders regarding the importance of scientific discovery and research. Research!America, supported in part by a grant from the Rita Allen Foundation, is funding graduate student groups’ nonpartisan activities of their design focusing on civic engagement and elevating the importance of scientific research, innovation and public health. These programs encourage dialogue between young scientists and local leaders about the roles science and research play in issues important to their communities. Groups are also encouraged to expand their efforts through partnerships with social science and communications students as part of the new Science Meets Science Microgrant Program. Learn more and apply by 9/20 here.

LTER Network Call for Working Group Proposals
The data produced at LTER sites are an extraordinary scientific resource that can inform a wide variety of questions. Among-site comparisons interrogate the generality of effects observed at particular sites. Modeling efforts employ long term observations and experiments to formulate and test rigorous descriptions of theory. Scaling exercises get at the continental or even global impacts of documented effects. LTER synthsesis working groups organized through the LTER Network Office (LNO) are intended to support collaboration on these and many other types of questions. In the 2019 competition, the LNO expects to award 2-4 synthesis working groups at a funding level of up to $55,000 per year for up to two years. Proposals must use LTER data, involve LTER people, and involve multiple sites. Proposals may address LTER core themes and be led by non-LTER researchers. Learn more, find out about upcoming informational webinars (8/22 and 9/17), and submit your full proposal by 10/23 here.

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