ESIP Update: Next Executive Director Announced, ESIP Summer Meeting

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ESIP UPDATE: 07.06.2020

Dear ESIP, 

It is with great excitement that I am writing to let you know that the ESIP Board of Directors has unanimously selected the next ESIP Executive Director, Susan Shingledecker. A formal press release was shared this morning. 

Susan was a clear choice for all of us because she has a genuine interest in ensuring that Earth science data and knowledge are integrally considered in societal decision making processes, which is clearly aligned with the ESIP mission. In addition, Susan brings to ESIP over a decade of nonprofit management experience with both national and regional organizations and a diverse 20 year career in the environmental field spanning international consulting, federal and state public policy, state government, outdoor recreation and conservation.

Choosing the next Executive Director was a decision we took very seriously. I would like to thank the ESIP Board, the ESIP Search Committee and Higher Talent for their dedication and thoughtful approach to this search.  

Finally, it goes without saying that we will miss Erin. Erin has worked with ESIP for over a decade and contributed in big and small ways. I appreciate how she has led ESIP over the last six years as the Executive Director, built a strong, capable team and how thoughtfully she has planned this transition. As she shared in a recent Monday Update, Erin is leaving ESIP in great shape and we will be planning a virtual celebration for her in September, which we will also share details here as they are available.  


Tamara Ledley
ESIP President

The ESIP Summer Meeting is now just 1 week away!

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Meetings Committee;
  • Tuesday: Envirosensing; COR
  • Wednesday: Semantic Harmonization; Community Data; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Marine Data
  • Friday: Sustainable Data Management
  • Everyday this week: ESIP Meeting Virtual Office Hours

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


Register NOW for the ESIP Summer Meeting (July 14th-24th, ONLINE)
The ESIP Summer Meeting is now just 1 week away! Have you seen the agenda at

  • 50+ Community-Contributed Breakout Sessions: jump in to learn and collaborate with others on numerous topics.
  • 6 Plenary Sessions, including Australia-friendly timeslots: check out some of our featured speakers here.
  • FUNding Friday: take part in this fast-paced mini-grant competition.
  • Research Showcase: virtual gallery of posters & demos

You can find the link to register and more info about the event here.

ESIP Summer Meeting Scholarships Offered Through EarthCube
EarthCube is excited to announce that scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting (, which will kickoff virtually on July 14th. EarthCube is committed to creating sustainable community connections. ESIP clusters represent a great way to sustain long-term connections in the geosciences. We also encourage EarthCube members to learn more about ESIP and to consider proposing sessions at future ESIP meetings as a path for outreach and engagement for EarthCube projects and products. Scholarships are open to EarthCube members. Learn more and apply now!

Pre-ESIP Summer Meeting Event – Introduction to ontologies: enabling collaboration, enhancing interoperability (7/13)
You are invited to attend a free virtual tutorial on ontologies that is being co-organized by ESIP's Semantic Technologies Committee and Agriculture and Climate Cluster on 7/13 beginning at 12 pm ET. Deriving transdisciplinary solutions that are responsive to complex socio-environmental challenges require, as stated in ESIP’s mission statement, linking “observation, research, application, education and use of Earth science”. One of the motivations behind the FAIR Principles (for scientific data management and stewardship) is enhancing machine-augmented capabilities to help researchers and practitioners find relevant data and information across “traditional” silos. The aim of this tutorial is to provide participants with an overview of the role ontologies play in enhancing collaboration across these silos. This tutorial also serves as preparatory background for multiple ESIP Summer Meeting sessions. Learn more and find the link to register at

Pre-ESIP Information Quality Workshop – Together We Go Far 
To kick off a community effort to develop guidelines for consistently curating and representing dataset quality information, over 60 invited national and international domain experts on dataset quality have registered to take part in a virtual workshop that is co-led by ESIP IQC ( on Monday July 13, 2020. They will explore the needs, challenges, and approaches for capturing dataset quality information. The outcomes of the workshop will be presented at a SM2020 session ( for an ESIP-wide discussion.

More News

Webinar Series: Serving Society with Space Data
Co-hosted by the Space Enabled Research Group (MIT Media Lab) and the Secure World Foundation, this virtual series engages a multi-sector audience in discussions on how space technologies and geospatial applications contribute to better outcomes in critical fields around the world, such as energy, food security, poverty, and governance. Held twice a month, the events bring together stakeholders working in companies, nonprofits, academia, and government to highlight initiatives taken to progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using a truly transformative multi-stakeholder approach. The series highlights real-world case studies as well as opportunities and challenges for expanding the use of satellite data in efforts to achieve the SDGs.  This series seeks to look at ongoing work by a variety of actors, with a special focus on development and humanitarian projects. Learn more here. Upcoming webinars include:

  • 7/8 (10:00-11:30am ET) SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • 7/22 (10:00-11:30am ET) SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy 
  • 8/5 (10:00-11:30am ET) SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  • 8/19 (10:00-11:30am ET) SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9/2  (10:00-11:30am ET) ALL SDGs: Monitoring and Evaluation

FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) (8/3-8/13)
Registration is NOW OPEN for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI), which will be delivered virtually from August 3-13, 2020. The theme will be FAIR Data principles and include an array of courses and plenaries on innovative publishing practices, policy implementation, and other aspects of scholarly communication. FSCI Courses range from basic orientations to advanced topics parsed by different domains/disciplines, with the goal to foster community-driven understanding and solutions for the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities that are transforming the way science and scholarship is conducted and communicated. Researchers “return home” from the summer institute with important skills training – but more broadly, are newly equipped with ideas, tools, and tactics for instigating change in their disciplines and at their institutions. Learn more and register by 7/20 at

OceanHackWeek 2020 (8/10-8/14)
OceanHackWeek is a small hands-on, interactive virtual workshop focused on data science and oceanography that will be held during August 10-14, 2020, featuring five days of tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking!
Please visit for more details and apply by 7/13.

Help AGI Understand COVID-19 Impacts on Geoscience Workplace & Instructional Environments
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is conducting a year-long study to understand the impacts on geoscientists, employers and educational institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to discover which of these changes will become permanent. Over the next 52 weeks, survey participants will be emailed a brief online status survey twice a month. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete. For more information about the survey, visit

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Releases ‘Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America'
You may be interested to read the full report, which is available here.

SGCI Science Ambassadors Program
Are you interested in a) sharing with others how the use of a gateway has changed your work; b)Training others on the use of your gateway of choice; or c) Presenting your experience of using a gateway for education? COVID-19 is changing the ways we communicate about our science. Given that current outreach to communities is being done virtually or via publications, the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) has redesigned the Science Ambassadors Program to provide funding of up to $1000 per year to scientists who have an appointment or affiliation with a US university. These funds can be used for virtual meeting registration costs, publication costs, and more. Learn more about this opportunity and apply on a rolling basis at the end of each month (starting 6/30) at

Earth Lab Professional Certificate in Earth Data Analytics
If you're looking to gain skills in earth data science and scientific programming, consider the Earth Data Analytics – Foundations professional certificate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This 9 credit program can be completed entirely online or in person over a ten month period from August through June. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 (priority application deadline is 7/13). The certificate consists of three sequential courses. It provides you with the 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. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate on This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. For more information, please visit this website.

Gateways 2020 Call for Participation
Call for Participation: Gateways 2020 (October 19–21, Bethesda, Maryland) is now accepting submissions of short papers, demos, panels, tutorials, and workshops on the topic of gateways for science, engineering, or other disciplines. Popular topics include: gateway design, use, impact, development processes, sustainability, or best practices, educational topics (tutorials, demos) directed toward the next generation of gateway creators as well as gateways used for education; Any other aspect interesting to fellow gateway creators or users, such as emerging capabilities, approaches or technologies; and Learning Labs (impromptu group discussions and gatherings) will also be welcoming early submissions as well as on-site proposed topics. See more details, including submission deadlines here.

NCEAS Training on Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis
Registration is open for a new intensive, five-day immersion course “Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis” (8/17-8/21 in Santa Barbara, CA). The course, which will happen quarterly, will enable environmental researchers across career stages and sectors to gain fundamental data science skills in support of open, reproducible research techniques. Major course foci will include managing data to enable better reuse, building reproducible workflows using R and git, and communicating results within the framework of synthesis science. This is an opportunity for students, researchers, data managers, and others to reinforce or expand their learning and become familiar with current best practices and tools in data science and open science. These skills will enable you to maximize your productivity, share your data effectively, and accelerate the scientific community’s ability to work together on solving important questions about the natural environment and our interactions with it. Learn more and apply by 7/20 here.

ESIP Community Members suggest you consider submitting to the following AGU Fall Meeting sessions. To avoid an overload of individual messages to the ESIP-All Mailing List, we will share sessions here in the Monday Update each week.
  • IN031 – Near Real-Time/Low Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications: Near real time/low latency data and new big data techniques applied to satellite, airborne, marine (including uninhabited aerial/marine systems-UxS), and surface sensors are transforming existing end-user applications and spawning new ones. These applications demonstrate the utility of timely data and advanced analyses in diverse Earth and space science disciplines including weather prediction, flood and river forecasting, earthquake hazards and tsunami forecasting, volcanic eruptions, natural and human-caused hazards, public health, agriculture, marine, early warning, and space weather applications. In addition to traditional and emerging computer analyses, the use of apps for smartphones and tablets presents an opportunity to improve and expand the timely usage of data products and services. This session seeks contributions that demonstrate the benefit of near real time/low latency scientific or social media data, discuss innovative real time analysis approaches including machine learning and big data strategies, decrease data delivery latency, or identify gaps in current capabilities.
  • IN039 – Solving Training Data Bottleneck for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in Earth Science: While there are successful applications of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) in Earth Science, the wider adoption of AI/ML has been limited. The challenge is no longer the lack of algorithms, tools, or computing resources, but rather the dearth of training data. Access to training data for supervised learning is required to attract AI/ML practitioners to tackle Earth Science problems. Creating labeled data at sufficient scales to support AI/ML algorithms is still a bottleneck and new strategies to increase training data size and diversity need to be explored. This session seeks submissions from AI/ML practitioners and data curators using different approaches or existing products to create new datasets. This session will enable the practitioners to share successful approaches to scale the process of generating labeled datasets. We also seek submissions focusing on best practices for labeling and structuring data including catalog and standardization to benchmark and share training data.



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