ESIP Update: Recognize your peers – Last call for Martha Maiden Award & Partner of the Year nominations, Summer Meeting Save the Date, AGU Data FairPlease recognize your peers – last call for award nominations

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.28.2019

Good Morning, ESIP,

First, thank you to everyone who has contributed sessions to the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. We will share a draft schedule in the next few weeks. 

As we end the month, the deadline is Thursday, 10/31 to nominate your colleague for the Martha Maiden Award or your own organization for the Partner of the Year award. While we are still a few days away, we do not have any nominations for either award! It is critical that we take the time to recognize good work. Details for both awards are here:  

  • Martha Maiden Award – A lifetime achievement award to recognize outstanding service to the Earth science information community.
  • Partner of the Year – Partners can self-nominate if they feel they have exemplified the spirit of ESIP. Winners receive two free registrations to the next meeting! 

The deadline to nominate or self-nominate for 2020 Leadership positions is also 10/31. We have a great set of candidates, but can always use more! All details are on the wiki

This past week ESIP was represented at the 14th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) in Helsinki, Finland. Hillary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, focused on outputs from RDA, which can be found here. Common topics emerge across ESIP and RDA – professionalizing data stewardship careers across domains and internationally, supporting repositories, sample management, research data management training and engaging researchers were all discussed. I am excited that the next meeting will be in Melbourne, Australia March 18-20, 2020 and hope to use the opportunity to include many U.S. participants in E2SIP (Australian ESIP community) activities. 

Thanks for reading this newsletter and for all of your contributions to ESIP! 

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting | Jan. 7-9, 2020 in Bethesda, MD
Call for Sessions & Registration NOW OPEN!
Learn more at:

Data to Action Webinar Series
Data for our Planet: Increasing the Use and Value of Global Information Infrastructures to Support Resilient Cities, Disaster Risk Reduction and Infectious Diseases 
Who: Lesley Wyborn & Erin Robinson
When: Wednesday November 13th at 4:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Meetings; Documentation; Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN

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

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration OPEN!
Registration is now open for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register now through early December to take advantage of early-bird registration rates!

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: ESIP and OGC API – Coverage Analytics Sprint
ESIP and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) are convening an agile development sprint to advance APIs for analytics on coverages, arrays, and gridded data beginning the day before the ESIP Winter Meeting (1/6) and continuing on 1/7. This will be a key event in the development of OGC APIs for geospatial resources and building blocks for community APIs. A previous OGC API Hackathon in June 2019 advanced common elements across OGC APIs for Features, Coverages, Map Tiles, Processing and Catalogs. The next sprints are advancing specific elements of the individual APIs. You may opt to register for this event using the same registration form as is used for the ESIP Winter Meeting linked here. A limited amount of travel support is available. Please complete this form if you would like to be considered for this support.

More ESIP News 

Volunteer at the Data Help Desk at AGU 2019: Demo Tools, Answer Data Questions, and More!
ESIP is organizing another Data FAIR at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting. The program, hosted by ESIP and AGU, along with their partners, provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain and learn skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Data FAIR will include Town Halls, Workshops, and the Data Help Desk staffed with experts from the Earth and space science informatics community and demos at Exhibit Hall Booth #1329. 
We are looking for volunteers to sign-up for shifts at the Data Help Desk. You can sign up to participate in one or both of the following ways: 1) Data Reference Desk (where volunteers answer data questions) and 2) Tool and Platform Demos (where volunteers demo tools/services/platforms, etc). If you are interested, please let us know (by 11/13): filled up quickly last year! Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform! Questions? Contact

*TODAY* ESIP Documentation Cluster: Developing Recommendations for FAIR Metadata
During the next three months, the ESIP Documentation Cluster is continuing efforts started at the 2019 ESIP Summer Meeting to create a recommendation for FAIR Metadata in three dialects (EML, ISO, and DataCite). Please join us for a discussion of metadata that supports the A in FAIR (Accessible). See telecon info below.

What: Documentation Cluster Telecon: Metadata that Support Accessibility
When: Monday October 28th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3131 (Access Code: 938-671-381)

Nominate Yourself or Others for ESIP's 2020 Leadership (Deadline 10/31)
The ESIP Nominations Committee is still looking for additional nominations for ESIP's elected leadership offices for 2020, with a finalized ballot planned no later than October 31, 2019. The nominations and ballot can be seen here. If you would like to nominate someone for a position (or self-nominate), please send your nomination to as soon as possible. Nominations should provide a bio and statement of interest for the position that includes why the nominee is interested in being part of ESIP’s Leadership. 

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions. Read position descriptions by clicking on position names here. Terms are one year with the option to run for a second term:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Governance Committee Chair
  • Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair
  • Partnership Committee Chair
  • Data Stewardship Committee Chair
  • Education Committee Chair
  • Information Technology & Interoperability Committee Chair
  • Semantic Technologies Committee Chair
  • Three year representative to Foundation Board (1)

Nominate an Individual for the Martha Maiden Award
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture the ESIP Federation into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth Science information community. This award, which is given annually at the ESIP Winter Meeting, honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. Learn more, view past recipients, and nominate a person by 10/31 here.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP Partner of the Year
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for partner organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #4 (Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information). *NEW THIS YEAR*: the award now comes with 2 free ESIP Meeting registrations. Learn more and nominate your own organization or another one by 10/31 here.

News from Around the Community

VALUABLES Consortium Event: Taking the Pulse of a Changing Planet
Governments and private and nonprofit sectors use data from Earth-observing satellites to manage natural resources, achieve business and policy goals, and serve the public interest. What can we learn from this data, and how can it be used to inform decisions that benefit people and the environment? Join the VALUABLES Consortium, a collaboration between RFF and NASA, on Wednesday, October 30 for “Taking the Pulse of a Changing Planet.” The event, part of the RFF Live series, will feature a panel of experts discussing past, present, and future opportunities in applications of satellite data.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; doors will open and a cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Resources & Conservation Center, 1400 16th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036
Speakers: Robin Bell, American Geophysical Union; Anne Hale Miglarese, Radiant Earth Foundation; Ellen R. Stofan, Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum
Moderator: Andrew Freedman, Washington Post
More Info: Here

Location Powers: Data Science Summit (11/13-11/14, Google Crittenden Campus, Mountain View, CA)
The Location Powers: Data Science summit will convene experts on data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, remote sensing and GIS to provide a technology basis. Participation by leaders in social sciences, business development and government policy will lead to recommendations that have meaningful outcomes from the geospatial data science developments. Learn more and register to attend here.

Global Learning & Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Data Fundamentals (10/31 at 1 pm ET)
A one-hour virtual training to be held on 10/31 at 1 pm ET will teach research scientists about GLOBE data and how to access it. The GLOBE Program is an international, NASA-sponsored program with more than 150 million Earth observations contributed by 35,000 schools and 150,000 citizen scientists in 120 countries. The virtual training includes demonstrations of GLOBE’s free online data access and visualization tools. Training is 60 minutes. No prior knowledge or experience with GLOBE required. Find more info and register here:

International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) Founders Scholarship
The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) invites you to submit nominations for the Founders Scholarship. The Founders Scholarship is a new IAMG award. It includes a certificate and a check of 4000 US dollars. The IAMG Bylaws state that, “The Founders Scholarship shall be presented annually to an outstanding student or post-graduate scientist.” However, to avoid overlap with the Vistelius award, preference will be given (in its first year) to an outstanding undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student. For details about prerequisites for nominations, please see the IAMG web site and click on Awards&Honors. Nominations are due by 10/31.

Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum
You are invited to attend the Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum (Nov. 5-7, 2019) at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA. There a growing community of atmospheric and ocean professionals will gather to share advances in data collection, analysis, and our understanding of MetOcean interactions. Discuss how multidimensional data and web apps can put scientific information to work in your organization. Consider the potential of sharing knowledge across these disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Be a part of this growing community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications. Learn more and register to attend here.

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