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ESIP UPDATE: 06.03.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

Welcome to June! There's just one week left to register at early bird rates for the ESIP Summer Meeting. In the last few Monday Updates, we have shared bios from our fantastic lineup of 11 plenary speakers. Below you'll learn about our Friday (7/19) speakers.

If you’re looking for some great reading this week, check out Making Data Matter with Rama, the latest installment in the Making Data Matter Interview Series. Keep your eyes out also for Make All Scientific Data FAIR, a Nature Comment to be released this week from the Enabling FAIR Data Project Leadership, including ESIP Executive Director, Erin Robinson.

One of ESIP's Partners, the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), is hosting their biennial workshop this week in Boulder, CO. The theme of the event is ‘From Big Data to Smart Data'. ESIP's Executive Director, Erin Robinson, and Lab Director, Annie Burgess, will both be there in person and present in Tuesday's plenary session. See the full schedule, including how to participate remotely here.

Have a great week everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Spotlight on Summer Meeting Plenary Speakers
See the full lineup at

Shane Glass
Shane is a program manager with Google Cloud's Developer Relations, where he leads the Google Cloud Public Datasets Program. The Cloud Public Datasets Program facilitates access to high-demand public datasets in order to make it easy for data users to access and uncover new insights in the cloud. Before joining Google, Shane was the project manager of NOAA’s Big Data Project. He also currently serves as a public affairs officer in the US Army Reserve. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in Sports Management and his Master's in Data Analytics. More.

Kwo-Sen Kuo
Kuo is a “disruptive thinker” (commonly known as “boat-rocker” or “troublemaker”) because he likes to question the existing ways of doing things. Although he considers that to be completely rational, it is not always appreciated as so by others. His disruptiveness hasn’t mellowed with the advancement of age. He has been working with voluminous and diverse geo-data since he was exposed to LANDSAT and AVHRR data, considered BIG at the time too, when he was getting his MS degree. He learned and applied then various data processing techniques that are now fashionably classified as Machine Learning and/or Artificial Intelligence. He got his PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State Unive., specializing in Radiative Transfer. He is now affiliated with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through Univ. of Maryland-College Park. He is also the Chief Data Scientist and C*O of his company, Bayesics LLC. 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: CLEAN Network; Ag & Climate; Envirosensing
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry; Visioneers
  • Thursday: Data Stewardship; Disaster Lifecycle 

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

More ESIP News 

Making Data Matter with H.K. Ramapriyan (Rama)
To celebrate ESIP’s 20+ year existence, Arika Virapongse interviewed ESIP community members about their perspectives on progress toward making Earth science data matter over the last 20+ years. In the 5th interview in the series, Rama shares his enthusiasm about the progress that has been made stating that, “The possibility of being able to implement things that you thought about 20 years ago because the computational capability is available now is quite exciting.” Read the full interview here. If you would like to share your perspective, let us know at

ESIP Envirosensing Cluster Webinar: The WaterViz: A New Water Cycle Visualization and Sonification Tool (6/4)
Join the Envirosensing Cluster telecon on Tuesday 6/4 at 5 pm ET for a presentation by Dr. Lindsey Rustad, Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, who will describe her recent work with WaterViz, an innovative web-based tool that uses art and sound to visualize and sonify hydrologic sensor data. If you join the call, you'll also hear first-hand what the Envirosensing Cluster is planning for the ESIP Summer Meeting and be invited to take part.
Join:, to dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3122 (Access Code: 895-837-693)
Envirosensing Cluster Info: 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
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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