ESIP Update: Next IT&I Webinar, Lab RFP, Full Summer Meeting Schedule, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 06.07.21

Hello ESIP,

Welcome to the first Monday Update of June. The next ESIP Meeting is now just 6 weeks away. Don't forget to register before the early bird deadline of 6/30! In addition to ~40 community-led breakout sessions, you can expect 4 plenary sessions:

  • X-informatics – Lessons Learned from Data and Information in Research (in honor of Dr. Peter Fox)
  • Frontiers of Exploration & Data Management on Mars
  • Innovate@ESIP: storytelling + elevator pitch from researchers funded by NASA, NOAA & USGS in front of a panel of tech experts
  • FUNding Friday & Awards Celebration

If you have any questions about what else to expect at the ESIP Meeting or where you might present your work, reply to this note!

Even as we barrel toward the next ESIP Meeting, our virtual collaborations aren't slowing down! There are 9 collaboration area telecons to join this week, including the next IT&I Webinar (6/10 at 3 pm ET) on the USGS Hydro Network Linked Data Index Tools. Learn more below and find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.
Looking for a good read this week? Check out “The Evolution of GCMD Keywords — An instructive tale of data standards development and adoption” by Mark Parsons, Ruth Duerr, and Øystein Godøy.

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Registration Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday:
  • Tuesday: Program Committee; SeREEn Federation
  • Wednesday: Data Readiness; Semantic Harmonization; Community Data
  • Thursday: Marie Data; IT&I Tech Dive; Research Object Citation

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

ESIP Meeting News

ESIP Summer Meeting: Registration Now OPEN
Registration is now open for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, ONLINE), which will have the theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. The meeting will be another jam-packed week of plenaries, community-contributed breakout sessions, networking opportunities, FUNding Friday, and much more. Check out the full meeting agenda and register here.

Other ESIP News

Spring 2021 ESIP Lab RFP Open Now Until 6/18
The ESIP Lab facilitates project-based learning opportunities for earth scientists to increase their technical savvy, while increasing our collective knowledge of earth system science. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. Proposals related to the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:

  • Modernization of earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.

This RFP challenges investigators to outline a project they do not currently have the technical skills to accomplish. By outlining a project that requires an updated skillset, it empowers investigators to block out time for learning while still working towards scientific and/or technical objectives that align with their ‘day job.'  All investigators will be encouraged to engage with the ESIP community and offered mentorship from subject-matter experts so they can efficiently overcome roadblocks and follow community-recommended practices. Contact Annie Burgess ( with any questions.

Next IT&I Tech Dive: USGS Hydro Network Linked Data Index Tools (6/10 at 3 pm ET)
The IT&I Committee is pleased to host Dave Blodgett, research geographer with the Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division of the USGS Water Mission Area in the next IT&I Webinar this Thursday June 10th at 3 pm ET. Dave will provide an overview of Hydro Network Linked Data Index (NLDI) tools. The Hydro Network-Linked Data Index (NLDI) is a system that can index data to NHDPlus V2 catchments and offers a search service to discover indexed information. Data linked to the NLDI includes active NWIS stream gages, water quality portal sites, and outlets of HUC12 watersheds. The NLDI is a core product of the Open Water Data Initiative and is being developed as an open source project. Find connection info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

*Updated Link* Now on YouTube: Visualization of Landsat Data stored in the Cloud using LandsatLook 2.0
If you missed the last ESIP IT&I Tech Dive Webinar, you can now check it out on the ESIP YouTube Channel at Please note that this is a corrected link from the one shared in the last Monday Update.

More News

OceanHackWeek 2021: A Hybrid Workshop to Explore Data Science in Oceanography (apply by 6/14)
OceanHackWeek is a small hands-on, interactive hybrid in-person and virtual workshop focused on data science and oceanography that will be held during August 3-6, 2021.  Join us for four days of tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking! Please visit our website for details.The in-person event will take place at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in East Boothbay, Maine (US EDT, UTC-4), as an all-day workshop (approximately 9am – 5pm). For the virtual event, formal daily activities will take place over a period of up to 3 hours per day. We expect to hold these sessions in at least two time zones, USA PDT (UTC-7) and Australian EST (UTC+10). To apply, see deadline: June 14, 2021. Please forward to colleagues who may be interested in this event. See to learn more about the “Hackweek” learning and collaboration model. 

USGEO Request for Information and Public Virtual Dialogues on Commercial Earth Observations and Geospatial Data and Services Practices
The United States Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) is preparing a document containing best practices for Federal government procurement of commercial Earth observation and geospatial data and services, per the 2019 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. Information from private sector providers and users; academia, and the public is critical to this effort. Register below for the following public dialogue events:

  • June 9, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., EDT
  • June 16, 2021, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., EDT
  • June 23, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., EDT

Additional information is available at the USGEO website and in the 25 May 2021 Federal Register Notice. We also welcome written comments by 30 June 2021. Details on submitting written comments are in the Federal Register Notice.

CODATA Connect – Data Science Journal Early Career Essay Competition (due 8/31)
CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network in collaboration with the CODATA Data Science Journal (DSJ) is pleased to invite to its second Essay Competition for Early-Career Researchers (ECR), defined as a university undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students or early career researchers/ data professionals within five years of completing their highest qualification. CODATA Connect exists to ensure a structural and sustained collaboration and support for the activities of the alumni of CODATA-RDA Summer Schools, of the CODATA China and Trieste Training Workshops and other early-career researchers and data professionals involved in the CODATA community and those of partner organizations. Topic for the Essay: “Challenges and Benefits for governments and industry involvement in the Open Data Initiative.” Learn more here.

3rd NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences (9/13-9/17)
This workshop will be a hybrid event on Sept. 13–17, 2021, supported by ESIP. The theme is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” The workshop is currently accepting abstracts relevant to this theme. The major topics that will be covered include:

  • AI for Weather & Climate: Using AI to advance the understanding of weather and climate systems and improve the capability to predict extreme events and future changes.

  • AI for Blue Economy: Using AI to enhance all sectors of the American Blue Economy, such as fishery stock assessment, efficient marine resource surveys, automated data acquisition and analysis, image processing, coastal resilience planning, and protection of the marine ecosystem.

  • Workforce Development & Education: Development and educational activities to promote workforce proficiency and increase workforce diversity around AI.

  • Research-to-Operation/Commercialization (R2X) for AI: Examples and lessons learned on how to transfer AI-based research into operational and/or commercial products.

  • Trustworthy & Responsible AI in Environmental Sciences: Tools and case studies to address the ethical concerns of AI applications in environmental sciences and their societal impacts, such as explainable AI and risk communication. 

  • Seamless AI system: Development of end-to-end AI-based systems that provide workflows, products, and/or services to build customized AI applications for end-users.

  • Community of Practices: Strategies and examples of how to organize communities of practice around AI in environmental sciences to accelerate the adoption of AI and the collaborations with communities of practice that are relevant to other NOAA’s Science and Technology focus areas.

  • Tools, Resources, and Datasets: Development of open source tools, resources, and datasets to improve the efficiency and efficacy of AI applications in environmental sciences, such as deep learning tools, reference datasets for AI application benchmarking, and AI-ready data development. 

Submit an abstract by 6/18 using this Google form or visit Learn more at For questions, please contact

AGU Seeks Earth and Space Science Editor-in-Chief
AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief (EIC) for this exciting journal. The EIC is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

• Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
• Set the strategy for the journal.
• Lead the editor selection process.
• Assign and balance review workload.
• Decisions of ethics.
• Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
• Conduct and attend meetings.

If you would like to be considered for the EIC position of Earth and Space Science, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same address. Please make sure that you specify Earth and Space Science in the subject line of the email.

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Focus Week: June 14-24, 2021 (Apply by 6/9)
Gateway Focus Week is a virtual, two-week intensive workshop for innovative research teams. All disciplines welcome!  During the Focus Week workshop, teams engage in hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders. Participating teams produce a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan with a corresponding pitch deck that includes actionable goals. By working closely across teams, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and challenges. Teams also learn how to access consultations, engagement opportunities, and other resources from the SGCI. Focus Week is offered twice per year and is subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This allows you to attend what would otherwise be a $2,500 per team event at no cost. You’ll leave Focus Week with a flexible toolkit that you can use as your project continues to mature. Learn more and register here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Software Citation, Indexing, and Discoverability (due 7/16)
Software is increasingly essential to research. It can be viewed as both a tool to be recorded (for reproducibility) and cited (for credit) as a part of scholarly research works, as well as an output of research that can be used, reused, and further developed. Making this happen effectively leads to challenges in how it is cited, indexed, and discovered. These include challenges relating to: software metadata; identifiers for software and their relationship to those of other research objects; the role of other stakeholders such as indexes, libraries and registries; fostering adoption; development of related tools; and the role of the FAIR principles in this space. This special issue will focus on recent work addressing these challenges. Learn more here.

OGC Seeking Participants in 2021 Disaster Pilot
OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) has issued a call for participation in the 2021 Disaster Pilot, which will prototype and demonstrate end-to-end capabilities that integrate OGC standards, data, services, and state-of-the-art technologies to support decision makers and responders in times of crisis. Learn more about the Pilot and how you can participate here.

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.

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