ESIP Update: ESIP Winter Meeting early bird registration & hotel block close THIS Friday, December 21Lots going on around ESIP this week – ESIP Lab RFP & New Citation Guidelines Cluster 

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ESIP UPDATE: 12.17.18

Hello, ESIP – 

AGU Fall Meeting was a productive week of connecting with colleagues from near and far. What struck me this year was that we are moving the ball forward and the ripples of making data matter are extending far beyond our home section of Earth and Space Science Informatics.

In this last week before many go offline, please prepare for the ESIP Winter Meeting (details below) by: 
1. Registering and reserving your hotel room. The block and early rates end this Friday.
2. Reviewing and adding session content. The full agenda is posted. 

We will be in your inbox tomorrow with a Lab update and one more ESIP Update of 2018 to recap the year in the next two weeks. 

Thank you for making data matter! 

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Data Stewardship, Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network, Program
  • Wednesday: Visioneers, Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Citation Guidelines, Education, Drones
  • Friday: Machine Learning

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

Federation News 

Register NOW for the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting
The 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting, to be held Jan. 15-17, 2019 in Bethesda, MD, is shaping up to be a great one. The meeting is less than 30 days away, but there is still time to register before the early-bird registration deadline of Dec. 21st. You can check out the full meeting schedule here. We also encourage you to share your work by presenting a poster at the meeting – you can elect to do this when you register.

More about the meeting: The 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting will focus on the theme “Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information.” The meeting will include a number of exciting plenary talks and breakout sessions centered around existing and emerging Earth science data topics. Plenary speakers will include:

  • Dr. Michael Freilich, Director of the Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA – Talk Title: TBA
  • Adam Mansur, Smithsonian Institution – Talk Title: Increasing the Impact of the Smithsonian’s Geological Collections
  • Christina Bandaragoda, University of Washington – Talk Title: Operational Data Provenance for Anticipatory Disaster Planning
  • Dan Pilone, Element 84 – Talk Title: From Baseline Science Instruments to CubeSats: Challenges and Opportunities with the Growth of Space Based Data Acquisition and the Commercial World
  • Dan Barrie, NOAA – Talk Title: The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Translating Data to Inform Decisions

Fall ESIP Lab Request for Incubator Proposals *DUE TOMORROW 12/18*
Through this RFP, the ESIP Lab will provide seed funding for incubator-style projects. Incubator projects run 6-8 months in duration and lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out. We have identified the following topics as areas of need in the Earth science community. Proposals that address these topics will be given priority:

  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies slated for operational use.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using open source, machine learning and cloud computing.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth observations.

Multiple awards are anticipated up to $10,000 each. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data, Information, and Applications Webinar Series Now Available
ESIP’s 6-part webinar series on “The Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data, Information, and Applications” (June-December 2018) is now available on the ESIP YouTube channel playlist and through ESIP Figshare. The webinars included participation from several ESIP Clusters, including Agriculture and Climate; Disaster Lifecycle; and CLEAN. Check out the individual webinars below:

  • Does it matter? The Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data, Information, and Applications (June 5)
  • The Information Pathway for Earth Science Data: Between Supplier and User (Aug 7)
  • Measuring and Assessing the Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data (Sep 4)
  • The “Pipeline” of Earth Science Data to Climate Resilience and Its Value for Real-world Decision-making (Oct 2)
  • Managing Disasters Through Improved Data-driven Decision-making (Nov 15)
  • Building Societal Capacity: The Educational Value of Earth System Science Data, Information, and Applications (Dec 4)

New Citation Guidelines Cluster to Update the ESIP Citation Guidelines
ESIP's Data Stewardship Committee recently spun off a subgroup to update the ESIP Data Citation Guidelines. The group ultimately hopes to address issues of identification, reference, and citation of research objects writ large, including data, software, and documents; and probably more things like instruments, algorithms, samples, etc. Over the next couple of months, the group will focus on a basic update to the current guidelines and then begin grappling with the larger issue of research objects. The group will provide a report out during the ESIP Winter Meeting in January. All are welcome to join or stay up-to-date by joining the mailing list at The next meeting of the Citation Guidelines Cluster will be this week, Thursday December 20th at 12 pm ET.

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