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ESIP UPDATE: 04.27.2020

Good morning, ESIP,

Last week Megan organized the ESIP Collaboration Area Highlights Webinar and utilized a new method of engaging the crowd with a Google Doc that many contributed questions, ideas and comments too. If you missed it, you can catch up here.  ESIP Collaboration Areas are thriving with 200 people on twelve calls over the last month.

I appreciate the kind response from the community around the decision to move the next two ESIP meetings to a virtual conferences. Today, the ESIP Meetings Committee will begin to discuss the format of the Summer Meeting. If you are interested in participating in this, I would welcome your ideas (reply to this note) or attend the meeting. For those who are in a similar situation pivoting, here are a few things I've found that I really like:

We are iterating on the Data Help Desk with our first Virtual Data Help Desk in partnership with EGU, AGU and EarthCube. We have close to 60 experts signed up ready to respond next week to the hashtag #DataHelpDesk! There is still time to participate.

These emails are a monthly marker for me and as I wrote this letter I just kept thinking how much has changed in the last month. Next month I will be back with more details on how ESIP is regrouping and moving forward in the second half of this fiscal year.

I hope you are well and staying safe,

Erin Robinson
Executive Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; Meetings Committee; Documentation; Partnership Committee
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Ag & Climate; Semantic Technologies Committee

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



Physical Sample Metadata & More: Join TODAY's Documentation Cluster Call at 2 pm ET (4/27)
Join today's Documentation Cluster call for a special presentation from a group interested in potentially starting an ESIP Cluster on issues related to physical samples, including especially sample metadata. Other topics to be discussed in upcoming Documentation Cluster calls beginning today include mechanisms for extending metadata standards using ISO and sample metadata as examples and cluster activities at the upcoming ESIP Summer Meeting. Check the ESIP Telecon Calendar for connection info.

Next Putting Data to Work Webinar: CUAHSI HydroShare (Thursday 5/14 at 3:00 pm ET)
The IT&I Committee will host ESIP's next Putting Data to Work Webinar, which will feature HydroShare, a platform for sharing hydrologic resources (data, models, model instances, geographic coverages, etc.), enabling the scientific community to more easily and freely share products, including the data, models, and workflow scripts used to create scientific publications. HydroShare also includes a variety of social functions, such as resource sharing within a specified group, publication with a DOI, and support for integrating external applications to view and use resources without downloading them. The presentation will provide an overview of HydroShare, details of CUAHSI Compute resources which can be accessed through HydroShare or in a standalone mode, and the metadata model used in HydroShare, as well as describe some community resources held by HydroShare, including comprehensive information on recent hurricanes and the complete Critical Zone Observatory data library. Check the ESIP Telecon Calendar for connection info.

ESIP Collaboration Area Highlights Webinar
Did you miss last week's Collaboration Area Highlights Webinar, where 12 groups gave fast-paced lightning talks on their recent activities and goals? You can take a look at the slides here. Thanks again to the collaboration areas who took part: Agriculture and Climate, Community Resilience, CLEAN Network, Data Stewardship, Discovery, Disaster Lifecycle, Envirosensing, Information Management Code Registry, Information Technology & Interoperability,, Semantic Harmonization, and Sustainable Data Management.

Upcoming Virtual Data Help Desk
There will be a Virtual Data Help Desk during the week of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (May 4th-May 8th, 2020). The event is being hosted by ESIP, EGU, AGU, and EarthCube. Just like the in-person events, this virtual event will connect researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to share skills and techniques that will help further research and make data and software open and FAIR. We are recruiting data experts who can address data questions via Twitter (#DataHelpDesk) or share recordings of demos or tutorials. We hope you'll follow the conversation and jump in where you can, as well as tell others!

More News

Trustworthy Data Working Group Survey
You are invited to complete a short survey about scientific data security concerns and practices. The working group is a collaborative effort of Trusted CI, the four NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs, the NSF CI CoE Pilot, the Ostrom Workshop on Data Management and Information Governance, the NSF Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC), the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, the Open Storage Network, and others. The goal of the working group is to understand scientific data security concerns and provide guidance on ensuring the trustworthiness of data.
The purpose of this survey is to 1) improve broad understanding of the range of data security concerns and practices for open science; provide input and help shape new guidance for science projects and cyberinfrastructure providers; serve as an opportunity to consider local data security concerns during a voluntary, follow-up interview. Please visit to complete the survey. Please visit for updated information about the study. Any questions/comments, please contact Jim Basney at

Earth Lab Professional Certificate in Earth Data Analytics
If you're looking to gain skills in earth data science and scientific programming, consider the Earth Data Analytics – Foundations professional certificate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This 9 credit program can be completed entirely online or in person over a ten month period from August through June. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 (priority application deadline is 7/13). The certificate consists of three sequential courses. It provides you with the fundamental skills required to work in the rapidly growing field of earth data science. Graduates will be prepared to launch or advance careers as data scientists, data analysts, GIS/geospatial analysts, remote sensing scientists, or product managers, among other careers. The certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced earth science professionals, and career changers. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate on This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. For more information, please visit this website.

The Knowledge Graph Conference (May 4th-7th, 2020)
Knowledge Graphs form an organized and curated set of facts that provide support for models to help understand the world. This conference gathers technology leaders, researchers, academics, vendors — and most importantly, practitioners, who know the discipline. For KGC 2020, attendees can participate from wherever they want in the world, from the comfort of their homes. We will stream the content, provide access to our speakers and support chat and networking as well as give access to all of the content live and on-demand after the event. Learn more here.

Earth School for Students, Parents, and Teachers
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” a free, high quality educational portal to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home to explore the science and beauty of planet Earth. Launched today on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), TED-Ed, and supported by more than 30 other collaborators including the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and over 100 individual contributors, Earth School is a new educational platform available to teachers, students, and curious global citizens. Find more details here.

CIRES Education & Outreach: Biweekly Webinar Series for Children and Families
These 30 minute webinars feature CIRES/NOAA scientists talking about what they do as scientists, how they got into science, what they are researching, and a Q&A session. At the end of each presentation will be a list of recommended activities that can be done from home and while physical distancing. Register here for the upcoming webinars below. Contact with any questions or for more information.

4/28 at 11:00 MT: Elizabeth Thompson (Topic: Air-sea Interactions and Boundary Layer Meteorology)
4/30 at 13:00 MT: Noah Fierer (Topic: Microbes in Soils of Antarctica)
5/5 at 11:00 MT: Lincoln Pitcher (Topic: Ice Sheets)
5/7 at 13:00 MT: Rick Saltus, Manoj Nair, Neesha Schnepf (Topic: Geomagnetism)

SEDAC Global COVID-19 Viewer
A new mapping tool shows the density of population in relation to reported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases at country and sub-national levels, and lets users obtain estimates of the number of people by age and sex in an area of interest, including areas not currently reporting large numbers of cases. Developed by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), the SEDAC Global COVID-19 Viewer: Population Estimates by Age Group and Sex has the unique capability of letting users retrieve age and sex structure data for any area, including across country boundaries or within countries. Learn more here.

Making Innovative Use of NASA Satellite Data to Address Environmental, Economic, and/or Societal Impacts of COVID-19
NASA's Earth Science Division would like to call the attention of the Earth Science research, applications, and data systems communities to Program Element A.28 “Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science” (RRNES) of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2020 as an opportunity to propose investigations making innovative use of NASA satellite data to address regional-to-global environmental, economic, and/or societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential proposals may address R&A-related topics more fundamental in underlying physical and/or biological sciences (including possible connections to socioeconomic activities) and/or ASP-related topics characterizing impacts of decisions or efforts to inform decision makers on regional-to-global levels in their responses to mitigate the impacts of the disease. While proposed studies must use NASA satellite data and information products as a primary source of information and research tools, they may also utilize remote sensing data and products from government agencies, international, or commercial sources.  Studies utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques including Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are encouraged. For any questions about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Laura Lorenzoni of ESD at (202) 358-0917 or by Email at

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Summer 2020 Student Interns
SGCI welcomes organizations interested in hosting an intern to do gateway-related development during the summer of 2020 to submit an application to request an intern ( by May 29, 2020. Due to COVID-19, all internship placements will be virtual this summer. SGCI's Workforce Development service area can either select an intern for you, or you can recommend a student that you'd like to work with. If you decide to recommend a student, you'll need to provide their details on the form. In order to accommodate as many students as possible, full or partial funding through the host institution is requested but not required. Questions? Send them to or

Gateways 2020 Call for Participation
Call for Participation: Gateways 2020 (October 19–21, Bethesda, Maryland) is now accepting submissions of short papers, demos, panels, tutorials, and workshops on the topic of gateways for science, engineering, or other disciplines. Popular topics include:
Gateway design, use, impact, development processes, sustainability, or best practices, educational topics (tutorials, demos) directed toward the next generation of gateway creators as well as gateways used for education; Any other aspect interesting to fellow gateway creators or users, such as emerging capabilities, approaches or technologies; and Learning Labs (impromptu group discussions and gatherings) will also be welcoming early submissions as well as on-site proposed topics. See more details including submission deadlines here.

NCEAS Training on Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis
Registration is open for a new intensive, five-day immersion course “Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis” (8/17-8/21 in Santa Barbara, CA). The course, which will happen quarterly, will enable environmental researchers across career stages and sectors to gain fundamental data science skills in support of open, reproducible research techniques. Major course foci will include managing data to enable better reuse, building reproducible workflows using R and git, and communicating results within the framework of synthesis science. This is an opportunity for students, researchers, data managers, and others to reinforce or expand their learning and become familiar with current best practices and tools in data science and open science. These skills will enable you to maximize your productivity, share your data effectively, and accelerate the scientific community’s ability to work together on solving important questions about the natural environment and our interactions with it. Learn more and apply by 7/20 here.

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