ESIP Update: Meeting Highlights Webinar, Call for Raskin Scholar, New Partners, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 02.16.21

Good Morning ESIP,

On the heels of another jam-packed ESIP Winter Meeting, the ESIP Community is as busy as ever. I've seen a number of great collaboration area calls with larger than usual crowds in the last couple of weeks and lots of energy and action items likely stemming from the meeting. If you couldn't catch all of the action at the Winter Meeting for one reason or another, don't forget to join us THIS FRIDAY at 2 pm ET/11 am PT for the 2021 ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar. You'll hear a number (>20) of fast-paced report outs about the meeting from multiple perspectives, including ESIP leaders, session organizers, and Community Fellows. See the ESIP Telecon Calendar for connection info.

This week, we invite you to join us in welcoming 5 new partner organizations to ESIP, which were approved at the recent ESIP Board Meeting.

  • Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration – Earth and Environment Hub – ESIP-II
  • Marine Geoscience Data System – ESIP-I
  • Massive Connections, LLC – ESIP-II
  • National Microbiome Data Collaborative – ESIP-I
  • Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) – ESIP-II

Finally, thanks to our creative friends at Element 84, check out this limited edition 2021 ESIP t-shirt highlighting our 2021 theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. If you'd like one, be sure to go ahead and order within the next week!

Have a wonderful week,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: Governance
  • Wednesday: Public-Private Partnerships; Semantic Harmonization; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation; Education; Discovery
  • Friday: ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar; Sustainable Data Management

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


ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar (2/19, 2-3:30 pm ET)
The 2021 ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar will provide an overview of plenary and breakout sessions from the ESIP Winter Meeting held online (January 26th-29th, 2021). Whether you weren't able to attend the meeting in person or you're looking to see what happened in concurrent breakout sessions, this webinar is a great way for you to learn about what happened at the meeting and how to get involved in next steps. Check the ESIP Telecon Calendar for connection info.

Call for Robert G. Raskin Scholarship Applications (due 3/15)
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students and early career researchers in the Earth or computer sciences. The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides a $5000 award and support to attend the ESIP Summer Meeting, where the recipient will have an invited talk covering their field of interest. The award is named in honor of long-time ESIP participant, Rob Raskin, who was an Earth science information partner extraordinaire and a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit our website.

ESIP Recognizes Outstanding Contributions at Annual Peer Recognition Ceremony
A very important element of the ESIP community is recognizing the outstanding accomplishments, achievements and service of our community members and individual participants. On Jan. 29th, at the State of ESIP Assembly Business Meeting, which served as the Closing Plenary for the Winter Meeting, ESIP recognized 3 outstanding individuals and one organization for their contributions over the last year. Please join us in congratulating them and help us to share this press release about the awards.

  • The Martha Maiden Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Earth science information community and honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication, and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information, was presented to Dr. Hampapuram “Rama” Ramapriyan by Bob Downs.
  • The President's Award honors, which honors the individual who has made the most significant contribution to ESIP in the previous year, was awarded to Rebecca Koskela by 2020 ESIP President Tamara Ledley.
  • The Catalyst Award, which honors those who have brought about positive change in ESIP and inspired others to take action in the past year, was presented to Dr. Ziheng Sun by 2020 ESIP President Tamara Ledley.
  • The Partner of the Year Award, which honors a partner organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas, was presented to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) by 2020 ESIP Partnership Committee Chair Mike Daniels.

More News

SGCI Hosted Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course (March 1-3, 2021)
Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway? The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) will host this free virtual mini-course that will offer PIs of research and teaching-focused gateways and their teams the perfect way to kick off sustainability planning, whether they are writing a new grant or ready to get to the next level with a more mature project. Learn more and register by 2/24 here.

Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellowships: Call for Applications (due 3/1)
Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellows are current and future leaders in the community science movement. They are committed volunteers who are eager to facilitate and lead collaborative, co-developed community science projects that produce on-the-ground impact in local communities. They can have any background, experience level, or location. The skills Community Science Fellows hone prepare them to manage diverse teams, work across disciplinary boundaries, and connect science to action. Each Fellow is matched with a local community and is responsible for guiding a community science project from idea to impact. This includes getting to know the community, identifying ways science can advance community goals, finding and recruiting partner scientists to assemble a project team, managing and supporting the project, and helping share the team’s story and project impact. Fellows are trained and receive ongoing support from AGU Thriving Earth Exchange staff, including a dedicated community science mentor, and a peer group of Fellows. Learn more and apply here.

Federal Geographic Data Committee Seeks Nominations for National Geographic Data Committee (Due 2/22)
The Department of the Interior and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) are seeking nominations to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The NGAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the FGDC related to management of Federal geospatial programs, development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA).  The NGAC reviews and comments on geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum for views of non-Federal stakeholders in the geospatial community.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee authorized through the GDA which operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to by February 22, 2021. Learn more here.

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