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ESIP UPDATE: 03.04.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

I'm not sure about all of you, but March has come in like a (wintery) lion here in New York! More exciting than the weather we've been having is this week's Monday Update. Here are a few highlights:

  • ESIP has been selected as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Learn how ESIP Partners can take advantage of this opportunity to have GSoC-funded students work on open-source projects within their organization here.
  • Students or early career individuals in the Earth or computer sciences who have an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems are encouraged to apply now for the Robert G. Raskin Scholarship.
  • Check out the latest installment in the Making Data Matter Interview Series: Making Data Matter with Matt Mayernik.

And don't forget, there are at least 8 opportunities to join a collaboration area telecon this week!

Have questions or content for a Monday Update? Send them my way.

Until next time,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network, Ag & Climate, Environsensing
  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Citation Guidelines, Data Stewardship, Disasters
  • Friday: Sustainable Data Management

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

ESIP News 

ESIP Selected as Mentoring Organization for Google Summer of Code
ESIP is honored to have been selected again as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code! Google Summer of Code (GSoC) sponsors students to work full-time for 3-months on open source projects during the summer, supervised by a senior contributor from the mentoring organization. All ESIP Partner Organizations are eligible to submit an idea under the ESIP Umbrella. See here for more details.

2019 Raskin Scholarship: Apply by April 1st
In March 2012, the ESIP Federation lost long-time member, Rob Raskin. Rob was soft-spoken, easy-going, wise and an Earth science information partner extraordinaire. Rob was a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. In collaboration with Rob's family, the ESIP Federation and the Foundation for Earth Science remember Rob and his dedication to support the next generation of Earth science data and technology leaders through the Robert G. Raskin Scholarship. The Raskin Scholarship, which includes a $5000 award, as well as travel to and the opportunity to present at the next ESIP Meeting, is given annually to a current graduate, post-doc, or early career individual in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. For more information, including how to apply, please visit our website.

Making Data Matter with Matt Mayernik
To celebrate ESIP's 20+ year existence, Arika Virapongse interviewed ESIP community members on their perspectives on progress toward making Earth science data matter over the last 20+ years. The interview with Matt Mayernik is the second in a series of interviews that will be released over the next year. In the interview, Matt reminds us that, “One motivation for open data policies is to help science, and another is to ensure that science helps society and the economy.” Read the full interview here. If you would like to share your perspective, let us know at

Spring 2019 Out2Lunch Webinar Series
The Spring 2019 Out2Lunch Webinar Series will begin March 13th at 1 pm ET. To learn more about how to join and to view previous webinars, see here.

  • 3/13: SuAVE | Ilya Zaslavsky, Spatial Information Systems Lab, UC San Diego
    SuAVE (Survey Analysis via Visual Exploration) is a free open source online platform for visual analysis of surveys and image collections that integrates with Jupyter notebooks for machine learning, image processing, and more. It has been used in several domains and in classroom teaching.
  • 3/20: Science Pickle | John Pickle, Retired Teacher and Founder of Science Pickle
    Explore Earth Systems activities available at Science Pickle: reading, inexpensive experiments, data analysis, challenges, software, games, and self-graded assessments.
  • 3/27: Weather & Climate Web Apps | Tom Whittaker, Researcher-Emeritus, CIMSS, SSEC
    Highly interactive HTML5 teaching and training activities that allow users to explore physical processes such as tornadoes, air density effects on baseballs, past climates, rainbows, snowflake crystals (and more!) all on a computer screen.
Around the Community

AWS-GEO Cloud Credits Programme Webinar
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Earth Observation Cloud Credits Programme offers GEO Member agencies and research organizations from developing countries access to free cloud services to help with the hosting, processing and analysis of big data about the Earth to inform decisions for sustainable development. A free webinar on 3/12 will answer basic questions related to the initiative, including:

  • What is the cloud?
  • What services does AWS offer?
  • How does the cloud help researchers and decision makers use Earth observations for sustainable development applications?
The webinar will include a high-level overview of cloud concepts and core AWS services, including Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3. The webinar will also demonstrate how AWS can be used to facilitate work with large-scale Earth observation data. Learn more here.

DataONE 2019 Summer Internship Program
Undergraduates, graduates and recent postgraduates are invited to apply to work remotely with DataONE for 9 weeks between May and July 2019. Four internships will be funded with a stipend of $5000 each. Potential projects include:

  • Tools to enhance community driven data management education
  • Provenance for Self or Others? A Study with Hands-on Experiments
  • Supporting Community Outreach and Advocacy for Open Data
  • Reach and Citation of DataONE
  • Build capacity for using DataONE via Python
  • A Reproducible Network Analysis of the DataONE Linked Open Data graph

To learn more, see here. Apply by 3/22. For questions, contact

Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Summer 2019 Fellowship Program
EDI is excited to announce 10 ecological data management training fellowships for Summer 2019 for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. The fellows will receive training in data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation, archiving, and publishing with scientists at specific host research sites. To learn more, see here. Apply by 3/15. For questions, contact

CIMSS Announces GOES-16/17 Virtual Science Fair
As part of the GOES-R Education Proving Ground, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is holding a Virtual Science Fair to encourage students (grades 6-14) to work with GOES-16 or GOES-17 data to investigate weather and natural hazards. Prizes include official GOES-T launch invites and coaches of the winning teams will have their travel paid to AMS Centennial meeting. Learn more here.

Science Gateways Bootcamp: Strategies for Developing, Operating, and Sustaining Your Gateway
The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) is now accepting applications for their next Bootcamp, which will take place May 13-17, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Bootcamp will help you and your team:

  • Learn how to communicate effectively about your gateway,
  • Identify who cares about your gateway and potential new user groups,
  • Scope out and learn how to pitch to potential funders that will put you on a path to sustainability,
  • Conduct your own usability test on the spot,
  • Network and establish relationships with others doing similar work.

ESIP Staff, along with several ESIP Lab teams, were able to take part in a previous SGCI Bootcamp and found the experience to be extremely valuable. Learn more and apply by 3/22 here.

Join the Waterhackweek Cyberseminar Series
The final webinar of the Waterhackweek Cyberseminar series, hosted jointly by CUAHSI and the University of Washington, will take place this week. The series has included presentations relevant to a wide range of water and informatics use-cases, e.g. publishing large datasets, running numerical models, organizing collaborative research projects, and meeting journal requirements by following open data standards. View previous recordings and learn more here.

  • 3/7: Tools for building Apps: Thethys | Rohit Khattar, Brigham Young Univ. and Nathan Swain, Aquaveo

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