ESIP Update: NOAA Cloud Pathfinders, RFP Deadline, Airborne Snow Observatory Innovation Webinar & more!

ESIP Update Preview: NOAA Cloud Pathfinders Program, RFP Deadline, USGS NLDI Tool, Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc. & more View this email in your browser

ESIP UPDATE: 06.14.21

Good afternoon, ESIP!

Reminder – our Spring 2021 ESIP Lab RFP deadline is THIS Friday… and you may notice the intent of the RFP has shifted a bit. This RPF 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.' 

I'd also like to share that the ESIP Lab and NOAA's Big Data Program are piloting an initiative called the NOAA Cloud Pathfinders Program (NCPP). The NCPP initiates a proactive, project-based approach to learning so that scientists are poised to better harness the power of the commercial cloud. Last week, the ESIP Lab opened the solicitation for NOAA scientists and data professionals to build, transition, or test research or data workflows on the AWS or Azure cloud over a six-month timeframe. We're excited to see what projects are submitted as part of the NCPP and look forward to sharing the outcome of this pilot program over the next several months!

🌎 Have a good week, everyone!

Annie Burgess
ESIP Lab Director

The recording is available from last week's IT&I telecon from Dave Blodgett, USGS Research Geographer, providing an overview of Hydro Network Linked Data Index (NLDI) tools.

Find the recording here.

To see the full telecon calendar of collaboration area telecons, click here – select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in the description.


Data System & Software Development Challenges in a NASA Research Program Turned Private Enterprise: Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc.

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2021 Webinar Series, which focuses on our annual theme of Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers, will continue on Wednesday, June 23rd at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. This series is generously sponsored by our partner SAIC. Learn more about the event below and check for details on future webinars.

Airborne Snow Observatories Inc. (ASO), a start-up born out of a NASA JPL research program, aims to provide inventories of mountain snow water resources worldwide with unprecedented precision. Evan Burgess, Lead Data Scientist at ASO, will discuss the data system and software development challenges in transitioning research-focused code and data into an operational system in the AWS cloud. Rapid data turnaround, the fast pace of innovation at ASO and complexities inherent in airborne remote sensing data have forced ASO to rethink its approach to processing and data distribution.

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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.

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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ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 





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