ESIP Update: ESIP Meeting Extended by a Day, 2021 Leadership Ballot Finalized and more

Preview: ESIP Winter Meeting Extended by a Day, 2021 Leadership Ballot Finalized and more View this email in your browser

ESIP UPDATE: 11.17.2020

Hello ESIP,

I hope your week has started off well. We are now just 70 days out from the start of the 2021 ESIP Winter Meeting. The full breakout schedule will be available soon – we are excited to report that we had even more community-contributed breakout sessions proposed than we were anticipating, so we have decided to extend the meeting to include January 29th. As you'll see in the banner below, the full meeting dates will now be January 26th-29th, 2021.

We would also like to let you know that the candidate slate has now been finalized for the 2021 ESIP Leadership election. Voting will open on December 1st and all ESIP Voting Representatives from our partner organizations will be able to vote. We thank all those who stepped forward for their volunteer spirit and willingness to serve ESIP. We look forward to welcoming the new leaders in January.

This week, we encourage you to attend the kickoff telecon of the NEW Soil Ontology & Informatics Cluster (11/18 at 2300 UTC, more info below). You can also check out the recordings from last week's webinars: Putting Data to Work Webinar, where Dave Jones presented on Rapid Scaling of Sensitive Info Sharing in Support of National Water Prediction & Hurricane Research; and the IT&I Webinar, where Gobe Hobona provided updates on the OGC APIs.

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: Governance
  • Wednesday: Public-Private Partnerships; Semantic Harmonization; Community Resilience; Soil Ontology & Informatics
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation; Education; Discovery
  • Friday: Machine Learning

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

ESIP Winter Meeting News

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 Kickoff Telecon of the NEW Soil Ontology & Informatics Cluster (11/18 at 6 pm ET/2300 UTC)
The mission of the Soil Ontology and Informatics Cluster is to connect the soils research community and those whose research incorporates soils data to informatics tools for better research. We recognize that there are numerous international efforts ongoing to harmonize soil data collection and taxonomy, and we strive to support these efforts by streamlining communication within the community, providing use cases for standards, and providing a test bed for proposed tools. While developing new ontology and informatics tools is one possible outcome, where possible we will contribute to existing efforts. We remain committed to serving the international soils community. We will do this by 1) promoting research exchange between the informatics and soil science community, 2) creating how-to resources and tools for soil data harmonization, and 3) targeted development of semantic resources such as ontologies and other informatics tools for soil science. This new cluster is chaired by Kathe Todd-Brown (U. of Florida) and co-chaired by Tanja Williamson (USGS), Brandon Whitehead (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research) and Dylan Beaudette (NRCS-USDA). Learn more about the group and find connection info for this week's telecon here. You can also sign up for the group's mailing list to keep up-to-date on future activities.

ESIP Education Committee Out2Lunch Webinar: Wrangling Uncertainty with Hurricane Explorer (11/18 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT)
Join the ESIP Education Committee on Wednesday as they welcome Chris Lore from the Concord Consortium as he demonstrates the Geohazard project’s Hurricane Explorer model during an ESIP Education Committee Out 2 Lunch webinar. Out2Lunch webinars are 10-minute demonstrations of Earth Science data tools & resources with 5 minutes for Q&A. Register now for the webinar at

Job Opportunities ESIP Slack Channel
ESIP Community Participants frequently share job openings that many in the ESIP community may be interested in. We have a very active Slack Channel where you can find these called #job-opportunities. One of many recent posts includes AI/Machine Learning Technologist/Data Scientist for Earth Sciences Applications at NASA GES DISC. Join the channel to stay up-to-date on available opportunities and feel free also to share any that you are aware of. You can join the ESIP Slack HERE and then add the channel.

More News

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.

Volunteer as a data expert for the upcoming Virtual Data Help Desk at #AGU20 Fall Meeting. The event (sponsored by EarthCube & supported by ESIP & AGU) will connect researchers with data experts to enhance research and make data and software more open and FAIR. You can volunteer to 1) Answer data questions (monitor platform and answer where you can), 2) Share a recorded demo (share a brief recorded demo of a tool or resource, ideally <5 min), and/or 3) Share a one-pager about your tool or resource. To volunteer, please complete this form by 11/20. Contact with questions.

Questions/comments? Reply directly to this note or click the button below to email us at

ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 





Copyright © 2020 Earth Science Information Partners, All rights reserved.
 You are receiving this note because you are subscribed to one of the ESIP list-servs.
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences