ESIP Update: Join Us Remotely at the ESIP Summer Meeting, Data Citation Guidelines Version 2, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 07.15.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

The ESIP Summer Meeting officially kicks off tomorrow! Side meetings, including the Geosemantics Symposium, are taking place today. We are excited that more than 300 community members will join us in person this week. If you cannot make it in person, remember to join us virtually if you can. Here are 3 ways you can stay in-the-know about meeting happenings this week:

  1. Join Remotely: Do this by navigating to the specific session you wish to join in the online agenda and joining via the remote connection details listed at the bottom. For the plenary sessions, a livestream link will appear in the session description.
  2. Follow the Takeaways: A few key takeaways will be recorded from each breakout session at Watch live as this document is populated throughout the week.
  3. Follow #ESIPfed on Twitter

And, mark your calendars now for the ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar, to be held August 8th (12:30 pm-2:00 pm ET). You can expect a number of fast-paced lightning talks summarizing meeting outcomes and next steps. Check for connection info.

Whether you are with us in Tacoma in-person or virtually or your work takes you elsewhere this week, we hope it's a great one.


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Due to the ESIP Summer Meeting, there will be no regular collaboration area telecons this week, but be sure to join Plenary and Breakout Sessions remotely by navigating to the session in the online agenda and joining via the remote connection information listed at the bottom.

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

More ESIP News 

Next ‘Data to Action' Webinar: ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights (8/8 at 12:30 pm ET)
The ESIP ‘Data to Action' Webinar Series will take a break in July for the ESIP Summer Meeting. We will reconvene on August 8th at 12:30 pm for the ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar, a number of fast-paced lightning talks summarizing meeting outcomes and next steps. Check for connection info and to catch up on past webinars.

Data Citation Guidelines for Earth Science Data Version 2 Endorsed by ESIP Partner Assembly
The Data Citation Guidelines for Earth Science Data Version 2 have been endorsed by the ESIP Partner Assembly and are now published. You can view them at This is a major milestone and ESIP would like to thank those who worked hard to update the guidelines. These guidelines provide the basis for data citation across most Earth science-related journals (see

News from Around the Community

Job Opening: NCAR Data Stewardship Coordinator
What You Will Do: Serve as the NCAR Data Stewardship Coordinator, working across all NCAR Laboratories to support discovery and curation of digital assets including data, metadata, and software or documentation relevant to NCAR observations, numerical models, and data analysis. Duties include: support data management plan (DMP) development; coordinate asset preservation to meet Open Data requirements; present tutorials; write documents; provide consultation to NCAR staff on best practices for creating metadata and data using community standards, on available repository infrastructure, and on data submission procedures; build community data management practices; inform peer organizations about NCAR digital asset achievements and experiences; serve as a member of the Data Stewardship and Engineering Team (DSET) technical and support staff. If you have a passion for and experience relevant to scientific data stewardship we encourage you to apply. More details and apply by 7/26 here.

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Announces GEO Individual Excellence Award
This award will be presented to up to 3 individuals in in 2019 who have demonstrated exceptional personal commitment to the GEO Mission and whose work has had tangible impact. Examples of accomplishments for which individuals may be recognized could include: being instrumental in generating energy within a community that has led to significant progress or achievements; using creative and innovative approaches to achieve collaboration; overcoming administrative, political, institutional or structural barriers to advance the goals of a community; engaging or mentoring youth; advancing a diverse and inclusive GEO. Nominations due by 7/31. Learn more here.

Second Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Workshop on Remote Sensing Data Interoperability
The ARD Workshop, which is supported by Radiant.Earth, will take place August 5-7th in Menlo Park, CA at the USGS Menlo Park Campus. The workshop will discuss interoperability between commercial data sources of imagery and public datasets. In particular, there will be presentations on different approaches to data harmonization with an emphasis on determining standard approaches and practical recommendations on standards for Analysis Ready Data. The workshop is open to technical staff in commercial EO data providers, government agencies like USGS, NASA and ESA, as well as data analytics providers, researchers and NGOs. Space is limited, please use this form to apply.

NEON Science Summit (October 15th-17th, 2019; Boulder, CO)
The NEON Science Summit will convene current and prospective users of data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to explore major questions that can be addressed at continental scales. At this workshop you will further your understanding of NEON data products and their potential use, connect with other NEON data users, and help drive questions in ecology and environmental science. This meeting will be conducted in an ‘unconference style,’ which allows participants to drive the agenda, creating substantial freedom in themes and approaches. This workshop will be great for early careerists who are looking to expand their network to colleagues at other institutions working on similar research questions. Learn more and apply here by 7/22. Limited travel funds are available. Remote participation is also an option.

NASA Earth Science Data System Working Group focused on exploring JSON Encodings in Earth Observation Coverages Requests Input on Discussion Paper
The NASA ESDWSG that is exploring JSON encodings in Earth observation coverages has produced a discussion paper. The discussion paper, available as a Google Doc or downloadable here, is meant to spark an interactive discussion on the topic, not a formal review of the paper (i.e., focusing on content, not grammar). Please provide feedback by 7/31 either by requesting access to comment on the Google Doc or sharing feedback with the EOSDIS Standards Office at

The Fourth Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop: Enhancing Knowledge with Giovanni
The 4th Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop will take place as 4 hour-long Webinars, on 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, and 7/24, all at 2 pm ET. The webinars will describe how Giovanni can be used in different ways to enhance scientific knowledge. All webinars will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Learn more and register to join here. Upcoming webinars:

  • July 17: Giovanni in 2019, and the New Images Selected to the Giovanni Image Hall of Fame; Dr. James Acker, NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
  • July 24: Using Giovanni and R to Analyze Data in an Undergraduate Remote Sensing Class; Dr. Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University

Apply Now for Gateway Focus Week (Sept. 9-13 in Chicago)
Gateway Focus Week (formerly Science Gateways Bootcamp) will help you learn how to develop, operate, and sustain a gateway (also known as portals, virtual research environments, hubs, etc.).

  • Leave behind day-to-day tasks to tackle big questions that will help your team articulate the value of your work to key stakeholders.
  • Create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan.
  • Walk away with proven and effective strategies in everything from business and finance to cybersecurity and usability.
  • Network, collaborate, and establish relationships with others doing similar work.
  • Do it all at minimal cost (currently, participants only pay for travel, lodging, and a few meals).

Apply by 7/19 here. This opportunity is offered by the Science Gateways Community Institute. Send questions to

RDA's 14th Plenary Meeting in Helsinki, Finland
RDA's 14th Plenary Meeting (Oct. 23rd – Oct. 25th, 2019) will bring together data experts in research, industry, and policy-making from all around the world and from all disciplines under the theme Data Makes the Difference. With this theme, the meeting will address the extensive potential of research data in improving decision making, tackling grand societal challenges, and engaging citizens in the creation of knowledge and betterment of society. Data has enormous and diverse potential to change how we work, make decisions and empower citizens. The 14th RDA plenary will explore the extensive ways data can make the difference by bringing together diverse group of experts from all around the globe. The Call for Sessions has closed, but the Call for Posters has been extended to 7/18. Learn more here.

World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open
The WDS Data Stewardship Award is awarded annually to celebratee the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the involvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations. Starting this year, nominations are open to any scientific organization, group, body, union, or otherwise; however, WDS Members are especially encouraged to send recommendations if you know of an early career researcher who deserves to have their accomplishments recognized. Learn more and nominate by 7/29 here.

CU Boulder Earth Data Analytics Professional Certificate
If you're looking to gain skills in Earth data science and scientific programming, this nine credit professional certificate program provides fundamental skills required to work in the rapidly growing field of earth data science. Graduates will be prepared to launch or advance careers as data scientists, data analysts, GIS/geospatial analysts, remote sensing scientists, or product managers, among other careers. The certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced earth science professionals, and career changers. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate here. This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. Priority applications are due by TODAY (7/1), with the final application deadline being 8/12. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

Register for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI)
FSCI is a week-long program of coursework, group activities, and hands-on training around the latest trends in scholarly communication to be held Aug. 5th-9th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Courses feature the latest technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, current standards and expectations, and explores ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship. Who should attend? Researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and post docs from across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Learn more, register, and apply for travel assistance here.

ESIP Community Members suggest you consider submitting to the following AGU Fall Meeting sessions. To avoid an overload of individual messages to the ESIP-All Mailing List, we will share sessions here in the Monday Update each week. Click links to see full session abstracts and conveners.

  • ED023* – Earth Data Science Education: Training Earth Scientists for Interdisciplinary Work on New and Emerging Approaches; this session will focus on pedagogy and teaching that incorporate data science methods in Earth Science curricula. Potential topics include data wrangling, data integration and assimilation, machine learning, Semantic Web, augmented reality, visual analytics, or any other data-driven problem-solving method.
  • EP002Advances in uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) use for Earth and planetary observation; this session will focus on new methodologies enabled by uncrewed (or unmanned) aerial vehicles in multiple domains, and new platforms, sensors, operational approaches, and data-analysis techniques that drive these approaches. We especially encourage submissions describing new tooling and workflows to manage UAV mission planning and data analysis.
  • H029Artificial Intelligence and Remote Sensing Enabling The Next Generation of Global Applications for Sustainable Development; As we partake in this fast-paced golden age for earth observations and AI, we have to be mindful in realizing the potential of these innovative technologies where it matters the most: improving the wellbeing of humanity and planet Earth.  This session solicits presentations 1) showcasing promising use-cases of AI and EO in sustainable development, 2) addressing the main technological challenges left to solve, and 3) exploring the next generation of applications in this domain.
  • IN006 – Scalable Cloud Optimized Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for Earth Science Big Data and Analytics; this session will focus on Earth observations that are service oriented and distributed via geographic information systems (GIS) in the cloud, especially as coupled with 3D/4D visualization/analysis and machine/deep learning.
  • IN017Communities, Tools and Policies that Enable Integration of Earth, Space and Environmental Science Data and Cyberinfrastructures; In recent years there has been rapid growth in online datasets, vocabularies, tools and compute resources for Earth, space and environmental science researchers. Most are coordinated by separate communities and range from major international/national initiatives down to notable efforts by much smaller communities. There are social, scientific and technological challenges that each is trying to solve in isolation, but there are sufficient differences that make it hard to leverage common developments across them. The time is ripe to synchronize efforts and create globally connected networks of Earth, space and environmental Science data, software, compute resources and researchers. Presentations are solicited ranging from those building community specific systems to those trying to resolve the challenges of internationally linking multiple communities to create globally networked environments that share common solutions for more efficient and effective use of limited funding.

      IN019Data and Information Services for Interdisciplinary Research and Applications in Earth Science; this session seeks presentations to describe current Earth science data and information service activities for interdisciplinary research and applications, including tools or data services, existing or in development. Presentations addressing specific needs and challenges of handling big data with machine-learning or natural language processing, including access to findable and relevant data for training purposes and service development, are highly encouraged.

    • IN020Data Integration: Enabling the Acceleration of Science Through Connectivity, Collaboration, and Convergent Science; this session explores the challenges and successes repository managers and communities have in providing support and services to researchers interested in accessing and using data from multiple sources and scientific domains with unfamiliar formats, and unknown quality and uncertainty. We seek methods for identifying and communicating best practices and challenges in this diverse data environment.
    • IN029 – Exploration and Importance of Data Usage Metrics and Altmetrics; this session invites presentations on various data-usage metrics and altmetrics for research studies and/or applications, including community adoption of usage-based metrics, standards for recording and exchanging usage data, uncertainties for compilation of usage data sets, and  understanding of the whole concept of usage metrics.
    • IN035Making Data Uncertainty Information FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; this session seeks to discover solutions (from conceptual prototype to operational) that intend to make uncertainty information for all varieties of Earth science data FAIR and targets open-source solutions of varying types, e.g., web tools/services, documented practices/policies, metadata standards, data recipes, software packages, community repositories/hubs, cloud-based analytics, etc.
    • IN038 – Near Real-Time/Low Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications; this session seeks contributions that demonstrate the benefit of near real time/low latency scientific or social media data, discuss innovative real time analysis approaches including machine learning and big data strategies, decrease data delivery latency, or identify gaps in current capabilities.
    • IN047Tracks across the Ocean, Sky, and Land; Many different types of projects collect track data, which describes the time and location where Earth science measurements were made along the path traversed by a ship, airplane, drone, vehicle, or hiker. This session is an opportunity to explore and share approaches for storing, discovering, visualizing, and analyzing track data, in an effort to identify recommended practices and opportunities for further collaboration across science domains.
    • IN048Transforming Earth and Planetary Science with Mixed Reality and Other Innovative Visualization Solutions; this session seeks presentations describing current and ongoing work exploiting the power of immersive technologies as leading-edge visual frameworks, providing scientists and researchers with platforms to broaden their understanding of geophysical/geospatial science data and natural phenomena by leveraging the distinctive characteristics of VR, AR and MR.
    • IN050What Works — and How(!?):  Sharing Successful Approaches to Educating Research Teams on Research Data Management and Related Data Skills; In this session, educational and training resource creators and adaptors are invited to share their success stories in educating scientific researchers (including students) at different phases of their education or professional career. We’d like to hear answers to the questions: What works? Do you have experience with a pedagogical approach that has proven particularly effective? Have you engaged in collaborative teaching partnerships, and if so, with whom and what has made them effective? Have you developed or used interesting hands-on activities, demonstrations, simulations, or other fun and engaging teaching tools or methods? We welcome and encourage educators from all levels and settings to participate in this session.
    • PA007Bringing Science Down to Earth: Using Creative Storytelling and Multi-Channel Outreach to Advance Awareness and Use of Earth Science in Communities Worldwide; Creative storytelling helps showcase the many ways that Earth science provides societal benefits and improves decision making in myriad sectors and communities. Multimedia-rich stories, interactive websites, social media and media outreach deliver tailored stories that make Earth observations and data relatable to new audiences, and to potentially inspire new users. This session explores creative approaches that make clear the value and relevance of Earth observations to specific geographic locations or communities of interest through a range of channels, engaging communications techniques, and content. This session invites papers that address storytelling and content development that tailors or translates Earth science concepts, systems, and projects to communities or particular audiences.
    • PA015Creating Harmony: Enabling the Composition of Science and Applications through Promoting Data Access and Sharing in Developing Regions; this session seeks presentations that highlight experiences, lessons learned, and innovative technologies for filling data gaps and acquiring closed-source data through building relationships to incentivize data sharing in developing regions. Efforts highlighting regional engagement, capacity building, collaborative research, and tools to help increase data access are welcome.
    • PA043Profiles in Science: Using Relatable Stories and Personal Narratives to Spark Scientific Intrigue; From a young age, stories are how we understand new concepts and navigate the world around us. In particular, personal narratives help connect audiences to the story of science and its impact on the economy, society, and our health. Stories that blend the human experience with technical explanations told across written, oral, and visual platforms spark interest and emotion among global audiences. They are relatable and memorable. This session provides both a range of approaches for crafting personal narratives in scientific pursuits and a forum for attendees to present or appreciate such blended stories. The session invites papers that present tools, models, and techniques on this practice as well as instances of personal profiles with lessons for composing and delivering them.
    • G012Plate Motion, Continental Deformation, and Interseismic Strain Accumulation; This session seeks studies examining the take up of plate motion in deforming zones and the buildup and release of elastic strain along major faults and in subduction zones using space geodetic measurements, geologic observations, and geophysical data such as seismicity, marine magnetic anomalies, and transform fault azimuths.

    View all Earth and Space Science Informatics Sessions here. The abstract submission deadline is July 31st, 2019.

    *Note that abstracts submitted to Education (or Public Affairs) sessions are not subject to the first author rule, so you can submit as first author to both Education and ESSI. Learn more here.

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