ESIP Update: ESIP SM21 Call for Sessions, EGU Data Help Desk, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 03.22.21


A year ago, March 22, 2020, we were all just getting a taste of this pandemic lifestyle. In my house, we were celebrating having survived our first full week of 2 parents working in various corners of the house, with 2 kids at home, and chaos was in full force as online school hadn’t started yet. If you are like me, if someone told you a year ago where we would be today, I don’t know if I could have handled that news at the time. As a planner by nature, I am always humbled when life tells me I need to take things 1 day at a time. 

We have all learned and grown, stretched and strengthened ourselves and our work over the last year. At the same time, we are also realizing great loss. For some of us, it is the painful loss of friends and family. There is also the loss of opportunities, connection, and travel. I know how much many of you wanted to gather in person in Burlington, VT this summer. I know you were looking forward to sharing a cup of coffee or a meal overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain with your ESIP colleagues. That day will come (hopefully in Summer 2022!)  and I too can’t wait to meet you all in person. 

Please know that the ESIP team is working hard to make our online ESIP Summer Meeting as rich and rewarding as possible. We will continue to learn from our past 2 virtual conferences and are committed to delivering the best possible experience. YOU are what make our meetings the rich avenues for sharing and learning. Please help us design the best possible program by submitting interactive and engaging sessions. The call for sessions is now open. Also, go into your calendar today and please block the dates of July 19-23 to allow your full participation in the ESIP Summer Meeting. 

Our Summer Meeting will continue to build on our theme for 2021 “Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers.” Innovation is essential to our on-going success in the field of data management. Working at the frontier – the cutting edge – can feel isolating and unsupported. This is where ESIP comes in. We want to be that supportive community that pushes each of us to innovate in a supportive environment where by working together, we are better than we could be alone. Please join us on this journey. In addition to our Winter and Summer meetings focusing on our theme, we will have a monthly webinar series focused on Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. If you missed it, the first in our webinar series was last week where we heard from SAIC’s Dr. Kuan Collins. You can view the recording on the ESIP YouTube Channel. Your suggestions for webinar or plenary speakers are always welcome at

When I think of it, 2020 and early 2021 have been a frontier in themselves. I am amazed and impressed by the resiliency and innovation of the ESIP staff and community. Despite incredible disruption in the world around us, we continue to innovate and collaborate. I am so grateful for your engagement with us. 

Susan Shingledecker
ESIP Executive Director

Call for Sessions Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; Partnership; Meetings Committee
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Semantic Tech
  • Wednesday: Soil Ontology & Informatics
  • Thursday:; Air Quality

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


ESIP Summer Meeting: Save the Date & Call for Sessions Now OPEN
The session proposal portal for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, 2021 ONLINE) is open now through 4/16. We especially welcome session proposals related to ESIP's 2021 theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. ESIP has been investing in learning new methods of engaging participants during our virtual meetings and we will again support session organizers with session design workshops and consultations. Learn more about the process and timeline and submit a proposal here.

Volunteer as a Data or Software Expert for the Data Help Desk at vEGU21 (4/19-4/23)
Volunteer as a Data or Software Expert for the upcoming Virtual Data Help Desk to be held during the first week of the 2021 European Geosciences Union General Assembly (#vEGU21: Gather Online; 19-23 April 2021). The Data Help Desk at EGU, which is a program of ESIP, EGU, and AGU, connects researchers 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. You can volunteer to take part in one or more of the following ways:

  • Answer earth science data (and software) questions (monitor platform and answer where you can);
  • Share a recorded demo (share a brief recorded demo of a tool or resource, ideally <5 min);
  • Share a one-pager about your tool or resource.

To volunteer, please complete this brief form as soon as possible by 5 April 2021. Note: you do not have to be attending the EGU General Assembly to take part in the Data Help Desk.

Cloud Computing Cluster Telecon on Future Directions (*TODAY* 3/22 at 1 pm ET)
Today is a special meeting of ESIP's Cloud Computing Cluster as new cluster chair Aimee Barciauskas will lead the group in the development of a new cluster plan that outlines goals for the coming year. Join the conversation to share your opinion on future directions and how you would like to collaborate with others. Find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar and join the cluster mailing list here.

2021 ESIP Webinar Series: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers
Did you miss last week's kick off webinar in ESIP's 2021 webinar series? You can watch the recording now on the ESIP YouTube Channel. The webinar entitled, “The Future of Earth Science and its Innovation Stakeholder Ecosystem” was given by Dr. Kuan Collins (Master Solutions Architect, SAIC). Next month's webinar will be announced shortly on our webinar page.

Call for Charles S. Falkenberg Nominations (due 4/15)
The Charles S. Falkenberg Award is an annual award sponsored by AGU and ESIP to recognize an early to mid-career scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet. Learn more about the award, past recipients, and the nomination process here.

More News

EarthCube Annual Meeting: Call for Notebooks, Posters, Working Sessions & Student Opportunity
EarthCube welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to join the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting (6/15-6/17, ONLINE), which will have the theme of Net(working) for the Future. The call for notebooks, posters and working sessions is open through 4/15. New this Year: Ten to fifteen awards of up to $2,000 for students that target the development of  Python 3 notebooks that follow an EarthCube TAC template and leverage EarthCube projects (e.g., for research projects, for educational activities, and more broadly to illustrate tool capabilities will be available to students). Applications due 4/1. Please see here to learn more.

XSEDE HPC Workshop: BIG DATA and Machine Learning (4/6-4/7)
XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, is pleased to present a two day Big Data and Machine Learning virtual workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark. Register by going to:

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.

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