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ESIP UPDATE: 09.23.2019

Hello Everyone,

If you're like me, you feel like time is really flying lately. This week we will pass the 100 day mark to the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting! This time around, the meeting theme will be Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. As announced last week, we will accept session proposals until 10/18. Are you looking for session collaborators or do you want to bounce an idea off of someone? Contact

Please help us to recognize the eoutstanding accomplishments and service of our partner organizations and individual participants by nominating an individual for the Martha Maiden Award and nominating an organization for the ESIP Partner of the Year Award by 10/31.

Did you miss last Friday's Data to Action Webinar? Watch it here now. Looking for some great reading? Check out ESIP Community Fellow Alexis Garretson's recent blog post about her summer fellowship with ESIP Partner EDI (Environmental Data Initiative) and how an output of the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee came in handy for her work there.

This week, I'm at the GSA Annual Meeting presenting in a session on reaching for the future with information systems and the geological sciences. Amidst a number of impressive technical developments, it is good to reflect on the power of collaborations, including how they've helped us progress, and where (and how fast) they can help us go in the future. Thank you all for your continued willingness to work to overcome data challenges together.

Have a great week, everyone, 

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 Series
More info on upcoming webinars & links to recordings:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; Documentation
  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Semantic Tech
  • Thursday: Marine Data

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.

*TODAY* 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)

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.

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

Apply for $300,000 in Grants to Assess the Benefits of Satellites (GABS)
The VALUABLES Consortium is accepting applications for a new funding opportunity called Grants to Assess the Benefits of Satellites (GABS). GABS makes $300,000 available to fund research that quantifies the benefits of satellite data when they are used to make decisions that improve socioeconomically meaningful outcomes for people and/or the environment. The consortium expects to make no more than three awards under GABS, each in the range of $100,000. VALUABLES is a cooperative agreement between Resources for the Future (RFF) and NASA to quantify and communicate the socioeconomic benefits of satellite data applications. Register to join the October 16 informational webinar for GABS applicants to learn more and submit your questions. To review the full request for proposals and apply, visit

AGU Position Statement on Data Now Open for Comment
Data are paramount to the scientific research that drives our economy, health, and security—from monitoring our atmosphere and oceans to tracking short-term extreme weather events to understanding long-term climate change. At the same time, changes in technology, such as improved computing and artificial intelligence, are creating even more vast and complicated data. AGU's revised data position statement makes it clear that for data to serve society, it must be robust, verifiable, transparent, and open. Revisions to AGU's position statement on data was done by a highly distinguished panel of expert scientists and is now open for comment. Comments are voluntary and there is also an option to indicate that you have read the draft and have no comments. Please review here by 10/13.

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.

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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