ESIP Update: Meet ESIP's Communications Manager, ESIP January Meeting Call for Sessions Open, & More

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.12.21


Good morning! It is with great excitement that I introduce you to ESIP’s new Communications Manager, Allison Mills! Allison brings a blend of media experiences in natural resource journalism, university public relations, social media, web analytics, and multimedia experience. Allison most recently worked at Michigan Tech and still lives in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula where she also moonlights as a dance teacher and farm hand (or rather snuggles baby goats while her partner runs the farm). She has great enthusiasm and has really hit the ground running. Allison is excited to connect with and share stories about ESIP's community, and you can reach her at, connect on LinkedIn, or follow her @aw_mills on Twitter where she is a #MapMonday lurker. She will be dropping in upcoming collaboration area telecons, so please help her feel welcome and reach out anytime with communications questions.


Susan Shingledecker
ESIP Executive Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons. Here is what you can expect:

  • Tuesday (10/12):
    • Ag & Climate (2 pm ET): Fire Chief Dave Winnacker (San Francisco area) and EnvironSensing Cluster co-chair Scotty Strachan (Dir. of the Nevada Climate-ecohydrological Assessment Network) will respectively present on 1) the evolving needs for fire decision-making & 2) the role of observations and data management for science and decision-making.
    • Semantic Tech – SeREEn Federation (4 pm ET)
  • Wednesday (10/13)
    • Data Readiness (1 pm ET): Discussion on the commonalities/differences between AI-ready and Analysis-ready data, community survey design for AI-ready requirements and factors, 2022 ESIP January Meeting Planning.
    • Semantic Harmonization (2 pm ET)
  • Thursday (10/14)
    • Community Data (11 am ET): Discussion of merging with Community Resilience cluster & blog post about lessons learned so far.
    • Marine Data (2 pm ET)
    • IT&I Tech Dive (3 pm ET): OpenTopography – High Resolution Topography Data and Tools (Chris Crosby, co-founder and co-PI of OpenTopography)
    • Research Object Citation (4 pm ET)
  • Friday 10/15
    • Machine Learning (12 pm ET): Courtney Bowman from Palantir Technologies will present, as part of an ongoing effort within the cluster to discuss AI ethics in the Earth and environmental sciences.
    • Glossary Harmonization Workshop: Ruth Duerr & Space Weather Use Case (2 pm ET): become part of the community that understands how to achieve glossary harmonization and to discuss approaches for the Space Weather use case, starting with a tutorial workshop on the how and why of glossary harmonization.
    • Sustainable Data Management (4 pm ET)

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

Less than 100 days to the ESIP January Meeting. Call for sessions now open (see below) and registration coming soon!

The popular science storytelling event Ignite@AGU is back and in person at this year’s 2021 AGU Fall Meeting! Sponsored by NASA’s Earth Science Division and held in partnership with ESIP, Ignite@AGU enables scientists to showcase their professional and personal interests through creative 5-minute talks. Submissions are due Monday, Nov.1st. Up to 10 talks will be selected and we encourage individuals at any career stage to submit! Check out the 2019 and 2020 Ignite@AGU talks for inspiration. 

Ignite@AGU will be held on Dec. 16th at an outdoor, covered venue and will follow all local COVID-19 guidance. Following AGU Fall Meeting covid guidance, you must be fully vaccinated to attend. For those attending virtually, no fear, we will hold a ‘watch party’ of the live event in Jan. 2022 with all of our speakers available for live chat. Look at the website for more details on how to submit. Be bold — it’s the best stage all week!


2022 ESIP January Meeting: Call for Sessions DUE November 8th
The session proposal portal for the 2022 ESIP January Meeting (January 18th-21st, 2022 ONLINE) is open now through 11/8. For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. See, for example, topics and speakers from the 2021 ESIP July Meeting. We especially welcome session proposals related to ESIP's 2021 theme: Data for All People: From Data Generation to Data Use and Understanding. Learn more about the process and timeline and submit a proposal by 11/8 here.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP's 2021 Partner of the Year Award (due 10/31)
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas through the sharing of a success story. This award is given annually at the Winter Meeting. The awardee will receive a plaque and two free ESIP meeting registrations. This year, we are looking for partner organizations that have supported the 2021 ESIP theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. We are looking for ESIP partners who have:

  • Been involved in an activity or interacted with ESIP in a manner that led to an innovation related to Earth science data or information;
  • Helped the Earth science community use or reuse data in new and creative applications, or
  • Formed or strengthened collaborations and/or worked to increase the inclusivity and diversity for the ESIP Community.

Learn more here and nominate your own or another organization using this form by 10/31.

Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community (Nominations due 10/31)
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture ESIP into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth science information community. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. This award is named for Martha E. Maiden, NASA Program Executive for Earth Data Systems. Ms. Maiden is widely credited for nurturing the ESIP Federation in its infancy and has overseen its growth and maturity. This award will be presented annually at the January meeting. Learn more and submit full nomination package by 10/31 here.

More News

Register Now for SciDataCon 2021 – Virtual Meeting – (Oct. 18-28)
CODATA and WDS have announced that registration is open for Virtual SciDataCon 2021. Registration is free. Please note that you will need to register separately for each session you wish to attend. The programme at a glance may be viewed at where the registration links for each session are also displayed. You can also find the registration link in each session description, accessible form the full programme: A few sessions ESIPers have mentioned so far include:

Inaugural World Data System International Technology Office (WDS-ITO) Data Prize (due 12/1)
The World Data System is an interdisciplinary body of the International Science Council promoting universal and equitable access to quality-assured scientific data and associated services. With generous support from Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO), the WDS-ITO is running a competition to highlight the use of WDS Regular and Network member data in Virtual Research Environments. 2 cash prizes of CAD$1,000 each will be awarded. In addition to the prize, we will recognize the winners in early spring 2022 and highlight their achievements on the WDS website. Learn more at

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.

The Virtual Data Help Desk, which is a program of EarthCube, the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division, and ESIP, is ongoing now! It provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software more open and FAIR. The Virtual Data Help Desk will be staffed with experts from the Earth science informatics community to answer data-related questions and to demo useful resources.

When: October 11th-13th, 2021 during the GSA Connects Annual Meeting
Where: Online. Follow the #DataHelpDesk on twitter here. Learn more at

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