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ESIP UPDATE: 05.20.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

Believe it or not, the early registration deadline for the ESIP Summer Meeting is just 3 weeks away! See below for a spotlight on just a few of the plenary speakers you can expect to see in Tacoma. In addition, a full breakout schedule will be shared shortly in Sched. Once it's there, tell us which sessions you're planning to attend by adding them to your schedule.

In case you missed it, the third installment in ESIP's Data to Action Webinar Series took place last Friday. You can catch it and all webinars in the series on the ESIP YouTube channel here. See below for more details on the next webinar in the series, ‘Supporting Better Water Management and Planning in a Changing Climate.'

Finally, a reminder to take a look at the ESIP Lab Spring Request for Proposals and consider applying by 6/21.

Have a great week everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Spotlight on Summer Meeting Plenary Speakers
See the full lineup at

Adam Mansur (Smithsonian Institution)
Adam joined the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution in 2010 after completing an MS in geochemistry at the University of Maryland. At the Smithsonian, Adam oversees data about one of the largest, most comprehensive geological collections in the world. The national collections are a tremendous resource, and Adam is always looking for ways to ensure that the data about the collections is accurate, complete, and accessible to Earth science researchers. More.

Dawn Wright (Esri)
As Chief Scientist, Dawn aids in strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while also representing Esri to the scientific community. A specialist in marine geology, Dawn has authored and contributed to some of the most definitive literature on marine GIS. Dawn is a Fellow of AAAS, GSA, Stanford University's Leopold Leadership Program, and holds lifetime achievement awards from the American Association of Geographers and GSA. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. More.

Judy Twedt (University of Washington)
Judy uses sound and music to create acoustic and emotionally expressive representations of climate data. Analogous to visualization, data sonification is the sonic representation of data. Judy's climate data soundtracks have been aired on KUOW, PBS, and NPR. She is a speaker for TedX Seattle and the 2019 Crosscut Ideas Festival. For her research and public service, she received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and two University of Washington Awards for Environmental Leadership. She is a doctoral candidate in a transdisciplinary program in Climate Data Sonification at the University of Washington. More.

Jennifer Hennessey (Washington State Government)
As a senior policy advisor on ocean health for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, Ms. Hennessey advises on policies to address ocean impacts from climate change, such as ocean acidification, ocean warming, hypoxia, and other ocean health topics. Previously, Ms. Hennessey worked for over a decade as an ocean planner at the Washington State Department of Ecology and led the state’s marine spatial planning effort on Washington’s Pacific Coast. Ms. Hennessey holds a M.S. in marine resource management from Oregon State University and a B.A. in biology-environmental studies from Whitman College. More.

The GeoSemantics Symposium, hosted by ESIP's Semantic Technologies Committee, will take place on Monday, July 15th, the day before the ESIP Summer Meeting kicks off. This year's theme is Building Harmony between Data Semantics and Machine Learning. Register now to join us for the full week of action!

Join the ESIP Drones Cluster and others for the Drone Data API Design Hackathon, to be held in conjunction with the ESIP Summer Meeting on Tuesday July 16th. Learn more about how to participate and how to apply for limited travel funding here.

The ESIP Education Committee is looking for STEM teachers from middle school, high school, and community colleges to join the Teacher Workshop to be held on Wednesday, July 17th at the ESIP Summer Meeting. Participants will learn how to put data into action in the classroom through the use of Jupyter Notebooks and other Earth science tools. Learn more and reserve your spot here.

Join the next webinar in ESIP's ‘Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information‘ Webinar Series!

What: Supporting Better Water Management and Planning in a Changing Climate
Who: Julie Vano, Project Scientist in Hydrometeorological Applications Program at NCAR
When: Friday June 21st, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
More Info and Past Webinars:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: Governance; CLEAN Network
  • Thursday: Marine Data

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

More ESIP News 

Copernicus Climate Data Store: Information Quality Cluster (IQC) Invites You To Next Webinar
ESIP's Information Quality Cluster invites you to join their next webinar on May 28th at 11 am ET. Guest speaker Carlo Lacagnina from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center will present the talk, ‘Evaluation and Quality Control Function of the Copernicus Climate Data Store.'

When: Tuesday May 28th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Join:, or dial in using your phone: +1 (224) 501-3412 (Access Code: 841-228-325)

ESIP Lab Spring Request for Proposals (RFP) Now Open
Through this RFP, the ESIP Lab will provide seed funding for projects that lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out. Projects should last 6 – 8 months. Find the full RFP and apply by 6/21 here.

All high quality proposals will be considered. The following topics are areas of need in the Earth science community, and for this RFP, project proposals that address these areas will be given priority.

  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community recommended best practices — the use of open source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth science data.
  • Development or use of Open Data Cubes, particularly with a focus on delivering data and information to end-user communities.

Mark Your Calendars for the next ‘Data to Action' Webinar: Supporting Better Water Management and Planning in a Changing Climate
Water planners and managers want their decisions to be based on the best available information. Yet, too often, there is a lack of two-way dialogue between suppliers of scientific information (e.g., researchers) and potential users of scientific information (e.g., water utilities) that create barriers and can lead to inappropriate uses. This presentation by Dr. Julie Vano promotes a conversation on how we might overcome these barriers. Dr. Vano will share details about newly released guidance on Dos and Don’ts for using climate information for water resources planning and management and highlight several complementary efforts, done in partnership with decision makers, to share information and foster engagement to improve climate resilience. More info here.

Who: Julie Vano, Project Scientist, Hydrometeorological Applications Program at NCAR
When: Friday June 21st, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Join:, or dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info and Past Webinars:

Two Days Left to Comment on Data Citation Guidelines Version 2
ESIP's Citation Guidelines Cluster, a collaboration between members of the Data Stewardship Committee and the Software & Services Citation Cluster, has developed the Data Citation Guidelines Version 2. These guidelines are updated from Version 1 to include a refinement of core concepts and a mapping of concepts to more metadata dialects. This version also provides new guidance on dynamic data citation and contains a new section on resolving citations. Read and comment on the Data Citation Guidelines Version 2 here by 5/22.

News from Around the Community
Open Geospatial Consortium Seeks Comments on Update to GeoTIFF Standard
The GeoTIFF v1.1 standard formalizes the existing GeoTIFF specification version 1.0 by integrating it into OGC’s standardization process. Additionally, v1.1 aligns GeoTIFF with the on-going addition of data to the EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset. The candidate GeoTiff standard is available for review and comment on the OGC Portal. Comments are due by 6/23 and should be submitted via the method outlined on the Candidate GeoTiff Standard’s request page.

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 E0arth 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 7/1, with the final application deadline being 8/12. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) Operated by CIESIN Releases New Datasets
Gridded Population of the World (GPWv4.11): the latest update to the GPW data collection provides access to more than 100 interactive map layers through a Web Map Service (WMS), so visualization of the data is easier than ever using map tools such as the SEDAC Map Viewer. New age and sex categories of population estimates for the year 2010 enable users to explore potential differences in the spatial distribution of specific population subgroups.

Global Subnational Infant Mortality Rates, v2 (2015): the updated version of this dataset has more recent (~2015) and higher resolution input data. IMR data have been collected for 234 countries and territories, of which 143 include subnational units and 91 include only national units. As a georeferenced global subnational dataset of infant mortality rates, IMRv2 has many potential applications that may be of interest to a wide user community in interdisciplinary studies of health, development, sustainability, and the environment, as well as policy making. 

The Global Population Projection Grids Based on Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs): An internally consistent dataset based on future scenarios of population growth and urbanization, developed to support future climate and global change research. The dataset projects population from 2010 to 2100.

NASA Frontier Development Lab 2019 Challenge Areas
The NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL), hosted by the SETI Institute, is an interdisciplinary research accelerator that combines talented researchers in AI with domain specialist researchers at the PhD and Postdoc level. FDL is looking for talented researchers with interest and capacity in several challenge areas for a 2019 research sprint. Places are open for both Researchers and Mentors, who receive a stipend and accommodation at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley for eight weeks, 6/24/2019-8/16/2019. See the challenge areas and apply here.

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.

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