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ESIP UPDATE: 09.30.2019

Good Morning! Wrapping up this fiscal year I wanted to take a relatively quick look back at a few memorable moments: 

  • Megan Carter, ESIP's Community Director, joined our team last October! In that time, Megan jumped in and added so much value to our team and to the collaboration areas, meetings, data fairs & community fellows, just to name a few things she's touched.  
  • ESIP underwent some reflection both internally & externally. In November, we collaborated with the Science Gateways Community Institute and had a special ESIP, ESIP-funded and ESIP-adjacent projects bootcamp. This resulted in a pitch deck, a new 1-pager and refinement of how we position ESIP.  ESIP was also formally evaluated this year by an external evaluator. All of this is just in time to look forward to 2020 and beyond. 
  • The Lab continued to thrive under the direction of Dr. Annie Burgess. She recently updated the Lab web site and created a short video (on Lab page) for Phi Week that is worth a watch. One other major note was being accepted for the second year as a Google Summer of Code Umbrella Organization
  • Both ESIP Winter and Summer meetings were successful in their own very different ways. While the Winter was one of our recent smaller meetings, I appreciate how our community pulled together and used it as an opportunity to become more transparent. Out of that, we now have a meeting take-aways doc and we do a post-meeting webinar to recap for those who couldn't attend or just couldn't attend all the sessions they wanted. The Summer Meeting was our largest to date. It was summed up best by ESIP President, Karl Benedict, in our post-meeting press release: “There was a palpable sense of things getting done and new connections being made, particularly in the breakout and un-conference sessions.”
  • Over the last two years, I have supported our Australian counterparts in starting, E2SIP, the Earth and Environmental Science Information Partners and loosely the 2nd ESIP. I am proud of E2SIP for having their fifth meeting this year and I am proud of how ESIP collaboration areas started to connect organically including the Information Quality, Envirosensing and the Disasaster Lifecycle clusters to build international partnerships. 

So where to from here? More Data to Action! The rest of this year is filled with continued connections with our international partners at the Research Data Alliance Plenary this month and the Group on Earth Observation Plenary next month that will include two side events and a lightning talk on the Idea Stage about E2SIP and ESIP. We will close out the year with AGU Fall Meeting, where ESIP, EarthCube, EDI and others will host the Data Fair and the ESIP Lab is taking over hosting Ignite@AGU. 

In addition, ESIP's Leadership is planning for 2020 and beyond. It's a team effort and we need you! If you would like to be part of ESIP's 2020 Leadership, details are below. You can reply to this note with questions or Danie Kinkade, ESIP's Nomination Chair, is a great resource. 

Thanks for reading & as always for making ESIP, ESIP! 

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting | Jan. 7-9, 2020 in Bethesda, MD
Call for Sessions & Registration NOW OPEN!
Learn more at:

Data to Action Webinar Series
More info on upcoming webinars & links to recordings:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Meetings; Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Ag & Climate; Envirosensing; COR
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Data Stewardship; Disasters

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

More ESIP News 

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration NOW OPEN!
Registration is now open for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register now through early December to take advantage of early-bird registration rates!

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Call for Sessions NOW OPEN!
We have opened the session proposal portal for the 2020 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (Jan. 7-9, 2020) in Bethesda, Maryland! For 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.
We especially welcome session proposals related to our 2020 theme: Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Learn more and find the link to submit a proposal by 10/18 here.

2020 ESIP SUMMER Meeting: Share Your Preferences for Week and City
If you think you may attend the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting, please take this quick survey to give your input on the timing and location. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Nominations due 10/15 for ESIP's 2020 Leadership
The ESIP Nominations Committee is hard at work organizing nominations for ESIP's elected leadership offices, with a finalized ballot planned no later than October 15, 2019. The nominations and ballot can be seen here. If you would like to nominate someone for a position (or self-nominate), please send your nomination to as soon as possible. Nominations should provide a bio and statement of interest for the position that includes why the nominee is interested in being part of ESIP’s Leadership. 

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions. Read position descriptions by clicking on position names here. Terms are one year with the option to run for a second term:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair
  • Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair
  • Partnership Committee Chair
  • Data Stewardship Committee Chair
  • Education Committee Chair
  • Information Technology & Interoperability Committee Chair
  • Semantic Technologies Committee Chair
  • Three year representative to Foundation Board (1)

Nominate an Individual for the Martha Maiden Award
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture the ESIP Federation into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth Science information community. This award, which is given annually at the ESIP Winter Meeting, honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. Learn more, view past recipients, and nominate a person by 10/31 here.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP Partner of the Year
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for partner organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #4 (Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information). *NEW THIS YEAR*: the award now comes with 2 free ESIP Meeting registrations. Learn more and nominate your own organization or another one by 10/31 here.

Submit a Talk Idea for Ignite@AGU Fall Meeting 2019
The popular science storytelling event, Ignite@AGU, is returning to the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Sponsored by NASA’s Applied Sciences Program and held in partnership with the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and AGU’s Earth Science and Space Informatics Section (ESSI), the event enables scientists to showcase their professional and personal interests through fast-moving, creative presentations. Be bold – it’s the best stage all week! Learn more about the event and how to submit a talk idea here. Questions? Email

When: Wednesday, December 11th from 6-8:30pm
Format: 5 minute talk with 20 auto-advancing slides
Submission Deadline: October 18th
Announcement of Selected Talks: November 1st

Please Share: Call for ESIP Community Fellow Applications
ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students and post-docs (<2 yrs since graduation) interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides fellows with 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. Fellows receive a stipend of $2000 and paid travel to the 2020 ESIP Winter (Jan. 7th-9th in Bethesda, MD) and Summer (July 2020, TBD) Meetings. Fellows must be able to attend both meetings to participate in the fellowship. You can learn about the 2019 Class of Community Fellows here. Learn more about the opportunity and apply by 10/7 here.

News from Around the Community

Apply for $300,000 in Grants to Assess the Benefits of Satellites (GABS)
The VALUABLES Consortium is accepting applications for a new funding opportunity called Grants to Assess the Benefits of Satellites (GABS). GABS makes $300,000 available to fund research that quantifies the benefits of satellite data when they are used to make decisions that improve socioeconomically meaningful outcomes for people and/or the environment. The consortium expects to make no more than three awards under GABS, each in the range of $100,000. VALUABLES is a cooperative agreement between Resources for the Future (RFF) and NASA to quantify and communicate the socioeconomic benefits of satellite data applications. Register to join the October 16 informational webinar for GABS applicants to learn more and submit your questions. To review the full request for proposals and apply, visit

AGU Position Statement on Data Now Open for Comment
Data are paramount to the scientific research that drives our economy, health, and security—from monitoring our atmosphere and oceans to tracking short-term extreme weather events to understanding long-term climate change. At the same time, changes in technology, such as improved computing and artificial intelligence, are creating even more vast and complicated data. AGU's revised data position statement makes it clear that for data to serve society, it must be robust, verifiable, transparent, and open. Revisions to AGU's position statement on data was done by a highly distinguished panel of expert scientists and is now open for comment. Comments are voluntary and there is also an option to indicate that you have read the draft and have no comments. Please review here by 10/13.

International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) Founders Scholarship
The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) invites you to submit nominations for the Founders Scholarship. The Founders Scholarship is a new IAMG award. It includes a certificate and a check of 4000 US dollars. The IAMG Bylaws state that, “The Founders Scholarship shall be presented annually to an outstanding student or post-graduate scientist.” However, to avoid overlap with the Vistelius award, preference will be given (in its first year) to an outstanding undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student. For details about prerequisites for nominations, please see the IAMG web site and click on Awards&Honors. Nominations are due by 10/31.

Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum
You are invited to attend the Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum (Nov. 5-7, 2019) at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA. There a growing community of atmospheric and ocean professionals will gather to share advances in data collection, analysis, and our understanding of MetOcean interactions. Discuss how multidimensional data and web apps can put scientific information to work in your organization. Consider the potential of sharing knowledge across these disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Be a part of this growing community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications. Learn more and register to attend here.

LTER Network Call for Working Group Proposals
The data produced at LTER sites are an extraordinary scientific resource that can inform a wide variety of questions. Among-site comparisons interrogate the generality of effects observed at particular sites. Modeling efforts employ long term observations and experiments to formulate and test rigorous descriptions of theory. Scaling exercises get at the continental or even global impacts of documented effects. LTER synthsesis working groups organized through the LTER Network Office (LNO) are intended to support collaboration on these and many other types of questions. In the 2019 competition, the LNO expects to award 2-4 synthesis working groups at a funding level of up to $55,000 per year for up to two years. Proposals must use LTER data, involve LTER people, and involve multiple sites. Proposals may address LTER core themes and be led by non-LTER researchers. Learn more, find out about upcoming informational webinars (8/22 and 9/17), and submit your full proposal by 10/23 here.

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