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ESIP UPDATE: 05.28.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of May! In keeping with week's past, we highlight more Summer Meeting Plenary Speakers below. The full agenda has been posted. The room block is filling up and cannot be extended. We have identified some hotel options nearby, but we will not be establishing blocks there.  

Notes for this week:

  • Starting today, the ESIP Assembly Voting Reps will have 30 days to vote on endorsement of the Data Citation Guidelines Version 2. 
  • Don't miss the Info Quality Webinar TODAY 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.'
  • Summer Meeting Registration rates go up in two weeks! 
We posted a new Partner Highlight to the website featuring the Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS). GCOOS has been an ESIP Partner since 2017. Read their highlight to find out about projects of interest and why they participate in ESIP! 

Have a good week! 

Spotlight on Summer Meeting Plenary Speakers
See the full lineup at

Rob Casey (IRIS)
As Deputy Director of Cyberinfrastructure at the IRIS Data Management Center, Rob's responsibilities include management of software development and data services activities, as well as leading efforts to continually improve and expand the accessibility of a half-petabyte data archive to the global scientific community. Rob has worked at IRIS for 25 years in many different capacities and has developed software to author seismic metadata, discover data for earthquakes, and federate bulk data requests to international data facilities. As Deputy Director of Quality Assurance, he led a talented group to build a 10TB analytics system for continual quality tracking of the entire DMC's data holdings, called MUSTANG. Rob graduated from the Univ. of Washington with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. More.

Rebecca Neumann (Univ. of Washington)
The 2019 Falkenberg Awardee, Dr. Neumann, leads the hydro-biogeochemistry research group at the Univ. of Washington (UW), which works to understand how hydrologic, chemical and biological processes interact in soils, aquifers and surface waters to control chemical fate and transport. The group tackles societally relevant topics, such as food and water quality and global climate change, with the goal of informing management and policy decisions that protect human and environmental health. She joined the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UW as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. Prior to 2011, she worked as a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Dept. of Organismal & Evolutionary Biology. She received a Doctorate degree in Environmental Engineering from MIT and baccalaureate degrees in Civil Engineering and Art and Art History from Rice Univ. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she worked as an environmental engineer at EG&G Technical Services. More.

Kai Blumberg (Univ. of Arizona)
The 2019 Raskin Scholar, Kai Blumberg, is a PhD student in the Univ. of Arizona Biosystems Engineering department. He is working to create a model cyberinfrastructure system called Planet Microbe to integrate and provide analytical tools to analyze key marine ‘omics and biogeochemical datasets. As a contributor to the Environment Ontology, Kai works to create high-quality human and machine-readable meta-data in order to make environmental and genomic data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable for the next generation of artificial intelligence systems. He is currently creating the Environment Ontology microbiome semantics in order to ameliorate the annotation and standardization of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration's metagenomic data-holdings. 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: Information Quality; CLEAN Network, Semantic Technologies

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

More ESIP News 

*TODAY* 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 Partner Highlight: Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)
GCOOS is an organization engaged in developing a network of business leaders, marine scientists, resource managers, governmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholder groups that combine their data to provide timely information about the Gulf of Mexico. With members from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, GCOOS has established a sustained observing system for the Gulf of Mexico to provide observations and products needed by users in this region for:

  • Protecting public health and safety;
  • Supporting healthy ecosystems and water quality;
  • Mitigating the effects of storms and man-made disasters;
  • Ensuring safe and efficient marine operations;
  • Monitoring the Gulf for long-term changes and environmental trends.

Learn more about GCOOS 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.

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:

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 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.

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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