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ESIP UPDATE: The ESIP Leadership Special: Part One–The Board


Good morning all – January was quite a month! ESIP formally became a unified membership organization, and its assembly voted in new leaders. We thank the previous Board of the former Foundation for Earth Science. Today we introduce our new Board of Directors! 

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Federation News 

  • New Board Of Directors
  • ESIP Winter Meeting Videos

Around the Federation

  • NASA Student Internship available
  • AGU Medals and Honors Nominations
  • Training in Open Science and Synthesis


  • Wednesday: Usability and Visioneers.
  • Thursday: Data Management Training and Disaster Lifecycle

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

Federation News

Please welcome our new ESIP Board:
These are the elected leaders who will serve as directors on the ESIP Board as well as on the Program Committee. Next week: The rest of the Program Committee Members (The old Ex-Com).

Emily Law: President of ESIP
Emily Law has over twenty years of experience in research, development and management of complex information systems. Since 1996, she has been working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she has provided leadership and management in the architecture, development, technology and operations of highly distributed ground data systems for planetary exploration and earth science. Emily currently serves as Deputy Program Manager and Development Manager to two separate directorates covering data systems in solar system research and earth science. She also leads operations for NASA’s Planetary Data System, and oversees the development of data management infrastructures and portals in support of Earth and Planetary science. Since 2009, she has been an active member of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and has been serving as the ESIP President since January 2016. In addition, Emily participates in various NSF’s EarthCube activities, as well as chairs several working groups concerning science data system subjects. She has authored papers and presented on data intensive systems at various national and international venues. Emily holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science.

Christine White, Vice President of ESIP
Christine White serves as the Vice President of ESIP. One of her favorite things about ESIP is how its members offer their unique perspectives and shared knowledge to collaborate. Christine also works as a Technical Advisor and science team member at Esri, a GIS software, content and services company. She loves using art and technology to communicate about the challenges and opportunities for our future.

Mike Daniels, Governance Committee Chair 
Mike Daniels is a Project Manager in the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). EOL deploys lower atmosphere observing facilities such as aircraft, radars, lidars, profilers, sounding systems and surface flux stations for university research projects. The Laboratory is responsible for software engineering and data services capabilities of these research platforms and has deployed customized implementations of these services for field experiments around the globe. During Mike’s 35-year career at NCAR, he has held positions in Software Development, IT Support and Facility Management. He is an active member of NSF’s EarthCube Community, serving as PI on the Cloud-Hosted Real-time Data Services (CHORDS) and Co-PI on the Enabling Scientific Collaboration and Discovery through Semantic Connections (EarthCollab) Building Blocks. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Helen Conover, Finance Committee Chair
Helen Conover, a research scientist with the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Information Technology and Systems Center (UAH ITSC), has over twenty-five years of experience in Earth science data systems. She has played a leading role with NASA’s Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (GHRC DAAC) since 1991. She currently serves as the GHRC’s Operations Manager, overseeing all aspects of the data center, including data acquisition, management, documentation, archive and distribution; implementation and maintenance of hardware and software infrastructure; development and deployment of user tools. The GHRC DAAC is managed jointly by the Earth Science Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and ITSC; it is the NASA Earth science data center responsible for hazardous weather, its governing dynamical and physical processes, and associated applications. Conover has been involved in ESIP since the beginning. Throughout 1999-2002 she served as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Interoperability Standing Committee (now Information Technology and Interoperabilty), and in 2015-16 she was the ESIP II representative on the Finance and Appropriations Committee.

Danie Kinkade, Partnership Committee Chair 
Danie Kinkade holds a degree in oceanography and has worked in oceanographic data management for more than 15 years in both academic and federal organizations. Her current interests lie at the confluence of data management, informatics and cyberinfrastructure, where novel technologies and best practice approaches are applied to the practice of oceanographic data management in order to facilitate data discovery, access and analysis as part of the knowledge generation process. She also has experience in sea-going and laboratory research, project management and outreach and education.

Peter Fox, Two-Year At-Large Term
Peter Fox is a Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Fox also directs the Institution-wide interdisciplinary Information Technology and Web Science program. Previously, he was Chief Computational Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and before that a research scientist at Yale University. Fox has a B.Sc. (hons) and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (including physics and computer science) from Monash Univsersity. His research and education agenda covers the fields of data science and analytics, ocean and environmental informatics, computational logic, semantic Web, cognitive bias, semantic data frameworks, and solar and solar-terrestrial physics. The results are applied to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines.

Mark Parsons, Two-Year At-Large Term
Mark Parsons is the first Secretary General of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and an Associate Director of the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications. Before being appointed Secretary General, Mark was the Managing Director of RDA/United States and the Rensselaer Center for the Digital Society. He focusses on stewarding research data and making them more accessible and useful across different ways of knowing. He has been leading major data stewardship efforts for more than 20 years, and received the American Geophysical Union Charles S. Falkenberg Award as an advocate of robust data stewardship as a vital component of Earth system science and as an important profession in its own right.

Karen Moe, One-Year At-Large Term
Karen Moe is an emeritus technology manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, retiring after 40+ years at the space agency. She managed technology development for Advanced Information Systems Technology for Earth Science until 2015. In the early days of the EOSDIS, Karen helped create the Earth Science Data and Information System prototyping projects and contributed to the ESDIS working groups with a focus on technology infusion. Karen also served as the chair of the AGU Earth and Space Science Informatics focus group and helped raise the level of coordination between ESIP and ESSI activities, including participation in the Falkenberg Award (which was jointly established by AGU and ESIP members in 2002). She currently co-chairs the Disasters Lifecycle Cluster, and volunteers in local environmental groups.

Videos and recorded sessions from the Winter 2017 Meeting
We will be posting videos on the ESIP YouTube Channel and If anyone is looking to view or download session recordings from the ESIP Winter Meeting, they can go here:
Directions: sign in as, password Earth111.They will also need to know the date and the room name of the session they are looking for.

Around the Federation

NASA Student Internship Available
This internship is in the area of drones, and includes interaction with the ESIP drone cluster. The location is Goddard Space Flight Center.
Check out the ANNOUNCEMENT

AGU Medals and Honors Nominations:
The call for these nominations is HERE:
Nominating a student, colleague, peer, or mentor for an AGU Honor highlights their achievements in Earth and space science research and provides them with the recognition they deserve. Receiving an AGU Honor is an esteemed recognition for those who have made profound contributions and breakthrough achievements in the Earth and space sciences.

Training in Open Science and Synthesis
Application Open for Training in Open Science and Synthesis through the Gulf Research Program. Members from NCEAS, DataONE and Data Carpentry are teaming together to provide an NCEAS led, 3-week open science training event.   This training event will be hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis (NCEAS), Santa Barbara CA, July 10th – 28th.  Early career and established researchers from the Gulf research community are encouraged to apply.
Travel support and accommodation is provided. The funding for this project is provided by a grant from the Gulf Research Program, dedicated to improving understanding of the Gulf of Mexico’s human, environmental, and energy systems in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Full details of the training course and information on how to apply can be found at:

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