ESIP Update: One Week to WM21 Early Registration Deadline and more

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ESIP UPDATE: 12.14.2020


No doubt many of you are still deeply engaged in #AGU20 activities. Along with 60+ data expert volunteers, I'm excited to keep the #DataHelpDesk going strong through the middle of this week. Follow the action on Twitter & check out all these contributed resources! Here are a few quick highlights for this week:

  • ESIP Winter Meeting Early Registration Deadline is next MONDAY December 21st. Register Now.
  • Don't miss the Town Hall for the AGU Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) section at 10 am ET on Tuesday December 15th.
  • Ten ESIP Collaboration Areas will meet this week (check out the ESIP Telecon Calendar). Here is some of what you can expect:
    • Ag & Climate (12/15 at 3 pm ET): Amir Aghakouchak (University of California, Irvine) will present “Compound and Cascading Hazards: Modeling and Risk Assessment.”
    • Soil Ontology & Informatics (12/16 at 10 am ET): Andrew G Brown (USDA-NRCS) and Dylan Beadette (USDA-NRCS) will present “Central Concepts and Unifying Themes within the USDA-NRCS / National Cooperative Soil Survey databases.”
    • Public Private Partnerships (12/16 at 11 am ET): Heather Brown (NOAA NCEI) will present “NCEI Experience doing a few Public-Private Data Stewardship Projects.”
    • Machine Learning (12/18 at 12 pm ET): The cluster will meet to finalize speakers for the session AI Best Practices and Challenges to be held at the ESIP Winter Meeting.

Whatever the rest of your week entails, thank you for reading this note and don't hesitate to reach out if you have topics for future Monday Updates or would like to chat about anything you've read here.


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Data Stewardship
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate; Governance
  • Wednesday: Soil Ontology & Informatics; Public-Private Partnerships; Semantic Harmonization; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Education; Discovery
  • Friday: Machine Learning

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

Registration is now open for the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (January 26th-29th, 2021; Online). For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. Register now through the early registration deadline of 12/21 to get the best rates. Learn more and register here.


We have been delighted to see the work of ESIP participants displayed in numerous places at the AGU20 Fall Meeting. If you're at AGU, here are a few presentations and sessions to check out. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you'd like the community to know about your ESIP-related AGU activity, feel free to send a note by 12/17 to and we will mention it in next week's Monday Update. Thank you all for your hard work!

ESIP Lab 2020 Winter Request for Proposals (due 1/29)
The ESIP Lab supports the Earth science community in building innovative, applied technologies through funding and community input. Additionally, projects are encouraged to have a learning objective as part of their deliverables. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. Learn more about

ESIP Welcomes 2021 ESIP Community Fellows
The call for 2021 ESIP Community Fellows attracted a number of very impressive applicants. Ultimately, we select 8 Fellows. Like past Fellows, the 2021 Fellows provide support for and participate in various ESIP collaboration areas. Learn more about them HERE and make sure to say hello to them at the 2021 ESIP Meetings!

More News

EarthCube seeking community input for new FAIR data training materials
Building on the EarthCube (EC) Leadership Council to promote the FAIR Data and Resources for the Geoscience Community, an initiative has been started to develop tutorials and informational briefings to increase awareness and facilitate activities to improve the FAIRness of EarthCube-related data, tools, and services. The FAIR Principles offer guidelines for improving the value of research data by making it more “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.” The EarthCube Office seeks your help to identify priorities for creating new resources to support implementation of the FAIR data principles. We invite you to contribute through this *very* short survey: Topics for FAIR Data Training Resources. Please feel free to contact Melissa Cragin and/or Nancy Hoebelheinrich if you have any questions or would be interested to have a conversation about this effort or the FAIR Principles.

Help Inform Future Data Management Education for Science Data (10 min. survey)
From (Bradley Wade Bishop, Assoc. Professor at University of Tennessee): You are being invited to take part in a study on science data management because you are a critical agent as data management is part of your work. Your participation is completely voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. The research is being conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee. I know your time is valuable, but by taking around 10 minutes to participate in this study, you will inform future data management education for science data. An increased understanding of jobs that contain data management should improve access and use of data to benefit all of society. Follow the link for more information: Job Analyses for Science Data Managers.

You will be asked to describe your job tasks and background. Your responses will be anonymous and linked by a unique identifier for any analysis; however, all findings will be reported in the aggregate. I greatly appreciate your contribution to the study. If you have questions at any time about the study or you experience problems, you may contact Bradley Wade Bishop or 865-974-2775 (office). If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in this study, you may also contact the Office of Research Compliance Officer at (865) 974-7697.

The Virtual Data Help Desk, which is sponsored by EarthCube and further supported by AGU and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Virtual Data Help Desk will be staffed with experts from the Earth science informatics community to answer data-related questions and to demo useful resources.

When: December 7th-11th, 14th-16th, 2020 during #AGU20 Fall Meeting
Where: Online. Follow the #DataHelpDesk on twitter here.
Learn more:
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ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 





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