ESIP Update: ESIP Meeting Early Registration Deadline, Welcome 2020 ESIP Community Fellows

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ESIP UPDATE: 12.02.2019

Good Morning, ESIP,

The early registration deadline for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting is this Friday (12/6)! Register now to take advantage of the best rates. While you're at it, you can also reserve your spot in our hotel block, conveniently located at the same facility as the meeting. The full breakout schedule for the week is now online. If you would like to present a poster or demo, you can still sign up to do so when you register!

For those of you heading off to AGU next week, we'd love to see you at the Data FAIR events. Be sure to check out the full list of town halls, workshops, demos, and more. Stop by Exhibit Hall Booth #1329 at any time during the week (Mon. 6-8 pm, Tue.-Thu. 10 am-5:30 pm, Fri. 9:30 am-1:30 pm) to chat with ESIP staff and other community participants who will take part in the week's events. You can also tell others about the Data FAIR by directing them to

This week, we would also like to give a warm welcome to the 2020 ESIP Community Fellows. You'll have the chance to introduce yourself to them starting this month at collaboration area telecons and at the upcoming ESIP Winter Meeting.

Do you have news you would like shared in a future Monday Update? Send me a note at any time.

Megan Carter
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: CLEAN, Ag & Climate, Enviro Sensing, COR
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Data Stewardship, Disaster Lifecycle

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

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.

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration OPEN!
Registration is now open for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register now through THIS FRIDAY December 6th to take advantage of early-bird registration rates!

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: ESIP and OGC Coverage Processing and Analysis 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 

New Partner Applications Posted
A slate of new partner applications were posted last week. The Winter Class includes: 

  • Army Corps of Engineers – ESIP-II
  • Crowd2Map – ESIP-II
  • Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) – ESIP-II
  • Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research – ESIP-III
  • Metadata Game Changers – ESIP-III
  • Montana Technological University – ESIP-II

Data Help Desk at AGU 2019
The Data FAIR at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting is a program, hosted by ESIP, EarthCube, and AGU, along with their partners, that 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. Thanks to those of you who have volunteered to help out. If you'll be at AGU, come see us at the Data Help Desk and join us for the Town Halls! You can also help us tell others about the event using the text found here.

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:

Partner Highlight: eScience Institute
The eScience Institute ( is the hub of data-intensive discovery at the University of Washington. The institute empowers researchers and students in all fields to answer fundamental questions through the use of large, complex, and noisy data, and leads a community of innovators in the techniques, technologies, and best practices of data science and the fields that depend on them. Learn more about the eScience Institute, including Hackweeks they host and why the organization participates in ESIP here.

More News

News from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN:

  • The 2015 Urban Extents from VIIRS and MODIS for the Continental U.S. Using Machine Learning Methods  is a highly accurate urban settlement layer at a resolution of 500 m, using 2015 satellite data and machine learning methods. The new data set and project work is discussed in a recent article.
  • Another article highlights the third iteration of SEDAC’s Low Elevation Coastal Zones (LECZ) data set and its contribution to a new report by Coalition for Urban Transitions (CUT), which examines the increased threat to urban coastal areas from sea level rise. Currently under development, LECZv3 builds on the first global estimates of impacts to urban populations from sea level rise, presented in a 2007 paper by a team from CIESIN and the International Institute for Environment and Development.
  • SEDAC deputy manager Alex de Sherbinin is a contributing author to Chapter Two, “High Mountain Areas.” In IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere.

Waterhackweek 2020 Applications Open
Waterhackweek is an annual 5-day workshop held at the University of Washington in partnership with the UW Freshwater Initiative. Diverse teams of researchers come together to create open-source research networks and tools to solve water issues in public health, disaster recovery and climate change, among others. Participants develop software and technology skills at the leading edge of freshwater research, learning how to build and operate a digital infrastructure for sharing, manipulation and understanding of environmental data. Develop and enhance your data science skills while building your network of collaborators, whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, professor or industry professional. The next Waterhackweek will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, on March 23-27, 2020. To best benefit, participants are expected to have some prior experience with analysis of freshwater data and programming in Python. Participants will be expected to cover a $100 registration fee and their lodging and travel expenses. Financial support may be available based on demonstrated need. Apply online by December 20, 2019.

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