ESIP Update: Make Scientific Data FAIR, New Partner Highlight, Lab RFP Deadline and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 06.17.2019

Good Morning ESIP,
The ESIP Summer Meeting kicks off in just 4 weeks! Below we highlight the plenary speakers taking part in the ESIP Lab Plenary Session on Thursday morning (7/18).

If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to read and share Make Scientific Data FAIR, a Nature piece in which the Enabling FAIR Data Project Leadership, including ESIP Executive Director Erin Robinson, shares the building blocks of FAIR data in the geosciences and recommends 3 big changes needed to shift the research culture across all scientific disciplines. If you have 2 minutes, you should also check out this brief video (featuring some familiar faces) that the Australian Academy of Science is using to promote the Nature article.

Another great read this week is the newest ESIP Partner Highlight on the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI). In addition to why HRI is an ESIP Partner, the post also highlights GRIIDC, a multidisciplinary data repository developed at HRI that stores and shares data generated by Gulf of Mexico researchers.

You are invited to join us this Friday 6/21 at 1 pm ET for the next installment in the Data to Action Webinar Series, where Dr. Julie Vano (NCAR) will present the talk ‘Supporting Better Water Management and Planning in a Changing Climate.' If you can't make it to the live webinar, be sure to watch later on the ESIP YouTube Channel.

Finally, a reminder that the deadline for the ESIP Lab Spring RFP is this Friday.

Have a great week everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Spotlight on Summer Meeting Plenary Speakers
See the full lineup at

Kelsey Jordahl
Dr. Jordahl is the Director of the Data Pipeline team at Planet. Planet operates the largest private constellation of satellites in the world, including over 150 earth observation satellites, and processes terabytes of data every day. Prior to joining Planet in 2015, he worked as a scientific software developer, working with clients in finance, energy, government and academia and teaching the Python programming language to scientists and engineers. He has also taught physics at Marymount Manhattan College and done research in marine geophysics. He holds a Ph.D. from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and a B.S. in Physics from Eckerd College. More.

James Bednar
Dr. Bednar was a faculty member in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh from 2003 to 2015, and is currently Manager, Technical Services at Anaconda, Inc. At Anaconda, Jim is the project lead of a variety of open-source packages under the banner, including HoloViews, GeoViews, hvPlot, Datashader, Panel, and Colorcet. Jim is also the technical lead for geoscience-focused projects with NASA Goddard (EarthML), the US Army Corps of Engineers (EarthSim), Pangeo, and various commercial clients. 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 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
  • Wednesday: Visioneers; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation; 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.

More ESIP News 

ESIP Partner Highlight: Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI)
The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a research institute dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the world’s ninth-largest body of water, the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 2001, HRI integrates outstanding scientific research with public policy to provide international leadership in generating and disseminating knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and its critical role in the economies of the North American region. Organized around its unique “Harte Model,” the institute encourages interdisciplinary collaboration between its nine specialty research areas to employ a holistic approach in addressing large-scale ecosystem problems, and recognizes that people and the environment are inexorably linked in their solution. Learn more about HRI and why the organization has partnered with ESIP here.

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.

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:

ESIP Disaster Lifecycle Cluster Special Webinar: Trusted Federal Data Sources for Hazard Response & Decision Making (6/24)
Mark your calendars for a special webinar hosted by ESIP's Disaster Lifecycle Cluster on Monday 6/24 at 12 pm ET. The webinar will feature speakers from the USGS, NASA Disasters Program, NOAA National Weather Service, and FEMA and will provide guidance for accessing trusted federal GIS data sources for decision-makers. The webinar will also serve as a ‘primer’ for those planning to attend the Disaster Lifecycle Cluster Session at the ESIP Summer Meeting in Tacoma, WA. Learn more and find connection info here.

News from Around the Community

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.

  • June 26: Examples of NASA Giovanni Applications to Earth Science Research: from Outcomes to Method; Dr. Mark R. Jury, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
  • July 10: Using Giovanni for Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET); Sean McCartney and Dr. Amita Mehta, NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program
  • 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

CODATA: Towards Next-Generation Data-Driven Science 2019 Submissions Due 6/24
You are invited to submit paper and poster abstracts for the session “GeoInformatics: building on the foundations for open data sharing and interoperability in the Earth Sciences to support the next generation of data-driven geoscience discovery” during the CoData conference in Beijing, September 19-20, 2019. This session is intended to provide an occasion to showcase the progress of the geoscience community with regard to data-driven science, and highlight opportunities to develop these further and to collaborate with other disciplines. In addition, the session will explore the opportunities that could be opened up through engaging with new initiatives such as the International Union of Geosciences sponsored Deep-Time Digital Earth. Abstracts should be submitted here by 6/24.

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. Learn more here.

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 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 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.

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