ESIP Update: Full ESIP Meeting Schedule, Raskin Scholar Announced, Next Innovation Webinar, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 05.17.21

Good Morning, ESIP,

Keeping this brief because there's a lot of exciting news below that you'll want to check out! Here are just a few highlights:

Have a good week, everyone,


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Registration Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday: COPDESS Workshop (Register)
  • Tuesday: Governance
  • Wednesday: Semantic Harmonization; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Biological Data Standards; Education; Discovery
  • Friday: Machine Learning; Sustainable Data Management

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

ESIP Meeting News

ESIP Summer Meeting: Registration Now OPEN
Registration is now open for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, ONLINE), which will have the theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. The meeting will be another jam-packed week of plenaries, community-contributed breakout sessions, networking opportunities, FUNding Friday, and much more. Check out the full meeting agenda and register here.

Other ESIP News

Next Innovation Webinar: NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program (5/24 at 2 pm ET)
Join us for ESIP's next webinar on innovation on Monday 5/24 at 2 pm ET to learn about the NOAA's Precision Marine Navigation Program. Abstract: From recreational boaters to container ship operators, all mariners rely on a wide array of navigation data while operating at sea. To enhance the mariner’s decision-making process, NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation (PMN) program is developing innovative services and products that make NOAA's weather, oceanographic, and bathymetric data more accessible. By standardizing data formats and utilizing cloud technologies to process and disseminate NOAA’s data, the PMN tools allow for machine-to-machine readability with navigation equipment and software and provide new, more intuitive ways for mariners to visualize and discover the data. Through these next-generation services and products, NOAA is helping to achieve a safer and more efficient marine transportation system. Learn more and REGISTER here.

2021 Raskin Scholar Uses Remote Sensing to Map Volcanic Features
ESIP has awarded the 2021 Robert G. Raskin Scholarship to Cora Van Hazinga, a graduate student in Geo-Information Science at Salem State University. The Raskin Scholarship is an annual award made by ESIP to a current graduate student in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. The scholarship is named for longtime ESIP member Robert G. Raskin, and seeks to promote collaboration, research support and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences. Cora's passions for bridging computer science and Earth science, for pushing the envelope in terms of what’s possible to learn about the Earth using new and interesting techniques, and for curating and sharing data embody the values held by ESIP. Learn more about Cora's research here and look out for her invited talk at the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting in July!

Call to Action for Global Access to and Harmonization of Quality Information of Individual Earth Science Datasets
A peer-review paper led by the ESIP Information Quality Cluster (IQC) has recently been published ( This paper issued a call-to-action statement which is supported by 32 international, interdisciplinary domain experts, for sharing quality information at the individual dataset level. The paper is from the same group that developed the white paper on “International Community Guidelines for Sharing and Reusing Quality Information of Individual Earth Science Datasets”, which is available at: and is open for comment. IQC is seeking your comments to help improve the completeness and quality of, as well as diversity of input to, the guidelines. A review template can be found: here. Please send your questions and/or comments to Ge Peng at

Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth & Space Sciences (COPDESS) Upcoming Editor Workshops (5/17 & 5/28)
The following workshops will be offered this month. Learn more and register here. If you can't make the live events, please check back to view recordings.

  • Overview of the Software Citation Guidance for Authors & Journals by the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group (*TODAY* 5/17 at 15:00-16:30 EDT, 19:00 – 20:30 UTC)
    • Abstract: Learn about the work of the FORCE11 Working Group to develop best practices for authors and journals for software citation. Citing software is developing as a common practice. Journals and editors need consistent guidance to provide authors. The co-chairs will discuss the types of software citation, challenges, and recommended approaches. Our panelists will share their own experiences around software citation followed by a discussion.
  • Rubric for Models and Model Data — Best Practices for Preservation and Replicability (5/28 at 10:00 – 11:30 EDT, 14:00 – 15:30 UTC)
    • Abstract: Learn about the work of the RCN for Model Data to develop a rubric for Models and Model Data to establish best practices for preservation and replicability. A common question about research efforts that use models and simulation is “what must be included as digital objects cited in the paper for publication?”  The co-chairs will describe the process used to develop the rubric and give an introduction for how it might be applied by journal editors to guide their authors.

More News

2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting – (6/15-6/17)
This FREE virtual meeting is sure to be enlightening for those interested in the intersection between data, cyberinfrastructure and the geosciences. This year's theme is “Networking for the Future” and a portion of the meeting will be devoted to networking opportunities. The plenary talk is “Notebooks as Scholarly Objects” and more information about the meeting is found herePlease Register by May 28, 2021.

3rd NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences (9/13-9/17)
This workshop will be a hybrid event on Sept. 13–17, 2021, supported by ESIP. The theme is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” The workshop is currently accepting abstracts relevant to this theme. The major topics that will be covered include:

  • AI for Weather & Climate: Using AI to advance the understanding of weather and climate systems and improve the capability to predict extreme events and future changes.

  • AI for Blue Economy: Using AI to enhance all sectors of the American Blue Economy, such as fishery stock assessment, efficient marine resource surveys, automated data acquisition and analysis, image processing, coastal resilience planning, and protection of the marine ecosystem.

  • Workforce Development & Education: Development and educational activities to promote workforce proficiency and increase workforce diversity around AI.

  • Research-to-Operation/Commercialization (R2X) for AI: Examples and lessons learned on how to transfer AI-based research into operational and/or commercial products.

  • Trustworthy & Responsible AI in Environmental Sciences: Tools and case studies to address the ethical concerns of AI applications in environmental sciences and their societal impacts, such as explainable AI and risk communication. 

  • Seamless AI system: Development of end-to-end AI-based systems that provide workflows, products, and/or services to build customized AI applications for end-users.

  • Community of Practices: Strategies and examples of how to organize communities of practice around AI in environmental sciences to accelerate the adoption of AI and the collaborations with communities of practice that are relevant to other NOAA’s Science and Technology focus areas.

  • Tools, Resources, and Datasets: Development of open source tools, resources, and datasets to improve the efficiency and efficacy of AI applications in environmental sciences, such as deep learning tools, reference datasets for AI application benchmarking, and AI-ready data development. 

Submit an abstract by 6/18 using this Google form or visit Learn more at For questions, please contact

AGU Seeks Earth and Space Science Editor-in-Chief
AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief (EIC) for this exciting journal. The EIC is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

• Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
• Set the strategy for the journal.
• Lead the editor selection process.
• Assign and balance review workload.
• Decisions of ethics.
• Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
• Conduct and attend meetings.

If you would like to be considered for the EIC position of Earth and Space Science, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same address. Please make sure that you specify Earth and Space Science in the subject line of the email.

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Focus Week: June 14-24, 2021 (Apply by 6/9)
Gateway Focus Week is a virtual, two-week intensive workshop for innovative research teams. All disciplines welcome!  During the Focus Week workshop, teams engage in hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders. Participating teams produce a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan with a corresponding pitch deck that includes actionable goals. By working closely across teams, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and challenges. Teams also learn how to access consultations, engagement opportunities, and other resources from the SGCI. Focus Week is offered twice per year and is subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This allows you to attend what would otherwise be a $2,500 per team event at no cost. You’ll leave Focus Week with a flexible toolkit that you can use as your project continues to mature. Learn more and register here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Software Citation, Indexing, and Discoverability (due 7/16)
Software is increasingly essential to research. It can be viewed as both a tool to be recorded (for reproducibility) and cited (for credit) as a part of scholarly research works, as well as an output of research that can be used, reused, and further developed. Making this happen effectively leads to challenges in how it is cited, indexed, and discovered. These include challenges relating to: software metadata; identifiers for software and their relationship to those of other research objects; the role of other stakeholders such as indexes, libraries and registries; fostering adoption; development of related tools; and the role of the FAIR principles in this space. This special issue will focus on recent work addressing these challenges. Learn more here.

OGC Seeking Participants in 2021 Disaster Pilot
OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) has issued a call for participation in the 2021 Disaster Pilot, which will prototype and demonstrate end-to-end capabilities that integrate OGC standards, data, services, and state-of-the-art technologies to support decision makers and responders in times of crisis. Learn more about the Pilot and how you can participate here.

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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