ESIP Update: ESIP/RDA Physical Samples Webinar, Public-Private Partnerships Survey, & More

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.04.21

Hello ESIP,

Welcome to October! This is a really busy month for ESIP. Among other things, we will soon announce the theme and release the Call for Sessions of the ESIP January Meeting (Jan. 18th-21st, Online), so if you have ideas for awesome virtual sessions, your chance is coming soon!

To navigate this week's live ESIP events, please see the section immediately following this note. For each collaboration area that has shared a summary of what to expect at their upcoming call, I have included it here. Of course, anyone is welcome! Also this week is the next joint RDA/ESIP Physical Samples Webinar on Thurs. 10/7 at 4 pm ET on the topic of “Supporting Interdisciplinary Sample Data Discovery, Integration, and Reuse.”

This week I'll be rallying data and software experts for next week's Virtual Data Help Desk in conjunction with the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting (10/11-10/13), which is a joint activity of EarthCube and ESIP, with support from the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division. We have a great lineup already, with numerous resources to be shared with researchers on topics like finding, sharing, publishing, and citing data. Does this sound interesting to you? Keep an eye out for more details on a Virtual Data Help Desk to be help in conjunction with the AGU Fall Meeting in December!

This week (Friday 10/8) is also the deadline for the 2022 ESIP Community Fellows Program. Each year, ESIP benefits immensely from the contributions of ~8 bright graduate students and post-docs interested in bridging the gap between earth science and informatics. In turn, Fellows benefit from networking and opportunities to share their work, as well as from exposure to potential job tracks and leading practices for collaboration. Please continue to encourage potential Fellows to apply!

Finally this week, the Public-Private Partnerships Cluster is seeking your input on directions the group might take moving forward to support the ESIP Community and the Earth and environmental science community more broadly and how you might want to engage with them. Give your input by taking this 5 question survey.

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday (10/4)
    • (5 pm ET)
  • Tuesday (10/5):
    • Ag & Climate (2 pm ET)
    • Envirosensing (5 pm ET): join in discussion on modern sensor applications, fusion, and pipelines for wildfire science and response (collaboration with the Ag & Climate Cluster, including contributions to knowledge graph construction).
    • Community Ontology Repository (COR) (5 pm ET)
  • Wednesday (10/6)
    • IM Code Registry (2 pm ET)
  • Thursday (10/7)
    • Biological Data Standards (2 pm ET): Learn about the FAIR primer on biological data standards aimed at newer data managers & contribute to the communication plan.
    • Disaster Lifecycle (4 pm ET): Take part in planning for Disasters-related activities at the January ESIP Meeting.
    • RDA/ESIP Joint Webinar on Physical Samples (4 pm ET): (see more info below)

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

The ESIP Physical Samples Cluster & the RDA Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem Interest Group are collaborating on a joint webinar series hosted by RDA-US. Learn more and register for the next webinar (10/7 at 4 pm ET):


ESIP Webinar on Innovation: An Earth and Space Knowledge Commons (recording & slides now available)
Did you miss last week's ESIP's next Webinar on Innovation given by Ryan McGranaghan (Principal Data Scientist & Aerospace Engineering Scientist at ASTRA Associates). View the recording on our YouTube Channel HERE and/or check out the slides HERE.

Call for 2022 ESIP Community Fellows (due 10/8)
ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides students 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.

  • Networking with professionals in your research field
  • Share research to a broader audience
  • Learn collaboration best practices
  • Exposure to potential job tracks – government, industry, academic

Learn more and apply by 10/8 at

Nominate an Organization for ESIP's 2021 Partner of the Year Award (due 10/31)
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas through the sharing of a success story. This award is given annually at the Winter Meeting. The awardee will receive a plaque and two free ESIP meeting registrations. This year, we are looking for partner organizations that have supported the 2021 ESIP theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. We are looking for ESIP partners who have:

  • Been involved in an activity or interacted with ESIP in a manner that led to an innovation related to Earth science data or information;
  • Helped the Earth science community use or reuse data in new and creative applications, or
  • Formed or strengthened collaborations and/or worked to increase the inclusivity and diversity for the ESIP Community.

Learn more here and nominate your own or another organization using this form by 10/31.

Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community (Nominations due 10/31)
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture ESIP into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth science information community. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. This award is named for Martha E. Maiden, NASA Program Executive for Earth Data Systems. Ms. Maiden is widely credited for nurturing the ESIP Federation in its infancy and has overseen its growth and maturity. This award will be presented annually at the January meeting. Learn more and submit full nomination package by 10/31 here.

More News

Register Now for SciDataCon 2021 – Virtual Meeting – (Oct. 18-28)
CODATA and WDS have announced that registration is open for Virtual SciDataCon 2021. Registration is free. Please note that you will need to register separately for each session you wish to attend. The programme at a glance may be viewed at where the registration links for each session are also displayed. You can also find the registration link in each session description, accessible form the full programme: A few sessions ESIPers have mentioned so far include:

Inaugural World Data System International Technology Office (WDS-ITO) Data Prize (due 12/1)
The World Data System is an interdisciplinary body of the International Science Council promoting universal and equitable access to quality-assured scientific data and associated services. With generous support from Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), the WDS-ITO is running a competition to highlight the use of WDS Regular and Network member data in Virtual Research Environments. 2 cash prizes of CAD$1,000 each will be awarded. In addition to the prize, we will recognize the winners in early spring 2022 and highlight their achievements on the WDS website. Learn more at

Job Opportunities Channel in the ESIP Slack Workspace
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lively channel in the ESIP Slack where community members can post and view current job opportunities, like the one posted below. Please feel free to peruse and add openings you are aware of. To find the channel, join the ESIP Slack workspace and then join the #job-opportunities channel.

The Virtual Data Help Desk, which is a program of EarthCube, the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division, and ESIP, provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software more open and FAIR. The Virtual Data Help Desk will be staffed with experts from the Earth science informatics community to answer data-related questions and to demo useful resources.

When: October 11th-13th, 2021 during the GSA Connects Annual Meeting
Where: Online. Follow the #DataHelpDesk on twitter here. Learn more at

During the Virtual Data Help Desk, YOU can:

Ask Data Questions: Share your questions any time during the event via Twitter using the hashtag #DataHelpDesk or submit your question via a form HERE. Our team of Earth science data professionals has decades of experience in informatics and in many scientific domains and specializes in topics like finding, sharing, analyzing, publishing, and citing data.

Watch Tool Demos & Tutorials: We will direct you to helpful tutorials and demos throughout the week that will highlight tools and resources you can use to manage your data and enhance your research. Follow #DataHelpDesk to hear about these!

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





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