ESIP Update: Registration open for the Summer Meeting, AGU Sessions due 4/18 and news from DataOne User Group & SEDAC Register for the ESIP Summer Meeting before end of June and rates go up! 

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ESIP UPDATE: 04.16.18

Good Morning – 

First things first, there are 91 days to the 2018 ESIP Summer Meeting in Tucson, AZ. Today we are launching meeting registration. Registration rates will increase at the end of June. There is a block of rooms at federal per diem rate reserved at the Tucson Marriott University Park. The call for summer meeting sessions closes 4/30 and an agenda will be released. Finally, if your organization is interested in being a 20th Anniversary sponsor, details are here. We are grateful to NCAR, AGU, Esri, NASA, NOAA and USGS for supporting ESIP. We are shooting for 20 sponsors in our 20th year.   

The team is spread out this week – Dan and Annie Keyes and Annie Burgess are in Annapolis for the NASA Earth Science Data System Working Group annual meeting. I am in Boulder facilitating a NASA AIST Workshop on Machine Learning. Next week the Keyes and I will be in Silver Spring, MD for NOAA's annual Environmental Data Management Workshop. 

Finally, last call – AGU sessions are due on Wednesday. ESIP is supporting one on Open Access to Geospatial Data. Interested in co-convening? reply to this note. 

Thanks & have a good week, 

Erin – Executive Director, ESIP

Quick reminders: 

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday: Data Stewardship
  • Tuesday: Governance, CLEAN, Science Communication
  • Wednesday: Science Software, Visioneers
  • Thursday: Data Management Training, Drones, Data Analytics 
  • Friday: Sustainable Data Management – Alternate Time

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

Telecon Highlight: This week there are two – Science Software and Data Management Training. 

Science Software:  Rick Allmendinger will present at 12 pm ET on Wednesday. Rick is a structural geologist with more than 30 years as a professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University and several years mapping with the US Geological Survey. Allmendinger served for four years as the Associate Dean of Engineering for diversity, faculty development, and mentoring at Cornell. In 2011 while Allmendinger was associate dean, DPE received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) and was greeted by President Obama at the White House to receive the award.

His talk titled, “Adventures of a Field Geologist in Academic Software Development” will focus on his own software development experience. He writes:  “As someone whose professional career coincided with the dawn of the age of desktop computers to the dawn of the age of mobile devices, I've had to write most of my own software for the research that I wanted to do. While developing the algorithms and the software was a necessity, making it pretty and easy to use has been something of a hobby akin to woodworking, which I also enjoy. I discovered early on that, if the software is easy to use and has a nice interface, one is likely to spend more time in the program probing a broader parameter space and asking “what if” questions. All of my programs were developed initially for my own use but some have become quite popular as they have been released for free on my web page. The most popular, Stereonet, is a program for producing stereographic projections that structural geologists love so much. This program has been in nearly continuous development for the last 33 years and is currently available for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux platforms. My web page for downloads gets ~30,000 hits per year and is is used not only by structural geologists, but also geophysicists, mineralogists, sedimentologists, and even archeologists who use it to plot and analyze the alignment of artifacts. I have several other major programs that have thousands of downloads per year as well as several popular utility programs to enable things like latitude-longitude to UTM conversions. In the last year, I have been exploring the versatility of sensors on smart phones and tablets for collecting data in the field and have now have three apps published in the iOS App Store. Both desktop and mobile versions of Stereonet can act as a lightweight upload client for the StraboSpot database. The field geologist can use the device orientation on the outcrop to measure the location and attitude in space of geologic features and then upload their data to StraboSpot whenever they have a cellular data connection. This talk will focus on my development process, lessons learned (i.e., mistakes made) and thoughts and concerns about the future of academic software development.”

Data Management Working Group: On Thursday, the Data Management Training WG will host special webinar that will offer introductory information about a collaboratively developed Belmont Forum Data Skills Curricula Framework. The presenter will be Vicky Lucas, a key author for the Framework. Ms. Lucas' presentation will be followed by Q&A and open discussion on collaboration opportunities, development options, and other topics related to research data skills training. The webinar is sponsored by the ESIP Data Management Training Working Group in conjunction with the Belmont Forum ‘s e-infrastructure & Data Management Project, and the AGU / RDA / ESIP Enabling FAIR Data project. Call-in information can be found on the ESIP telecon website under “Data Management Training Webinar”. The webinar will also be recorded for later listening. People can contact Nancy Hoebelheinrich if they have questions ( or on the dmt-clearinghouse-wg Slack Channel.

2018 Summer Meeting Updates:
Summer Meeting registration is open. Rates will increase at the end of June for full member and non-member rates. Hotel rooms can be reserved using this link. All details are on the Sched website

ESIPHub to support Summer Meeting Sessions

Have you ever been interested in leading a workshop at an ESIP Meeting to share a workflow or nascent web app? Have you been frustrated by the time spent focusing on setting up participant’s computers instead of what you want to share? Did you ever attend a workshop at ESIP and wish there was shared cyberinfrastructure or even a good old-fashioned computer lab so you didn’t end up retreating to your email when you got too far behind (or ahead)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll be excited to find out about the ESIP Labs Incubator Project ESIPhub and how we are leveraging Jupyter technologies to set up a web accessible computational environment to support workshops at the 2018 ESIP Summer Meeting.

If you’re interested in utilizing ESIPhub we’d like to talk with you about supporting your session proposal or collaborating on one! Get in touch or Slack with us on the ESIP workspace in these channels: #jupyter, #esiphub


Around the Federation News

(PRE ESIP SUMMER MEETING) Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape – Monday July 16th 2018 Marriott University Park, Tucson AZ; co-located with the ESIP meeting

  • Bringing together repository managers and users in support of open science
  • Community contributed talks and posters
  • DataONE updates and visioning
  • Topical breakout sessions and workshops

There is no registration fee to attend and participate in the DUG meeting.
Information, registration and group hotel rates can be found at:

Meeting Theme and Objectives
The 2018 meeting theme, “Building a Community of Scientific Data Repositories in an Open Science Landscape” will bring together repository managers, users and other stakeholders to explore achievements and future work in the open science landscape. Community talks and posters that explore broad topics of interoperability, preservation, data discovery, reproducible research and sustainability are invited.
DataONE encourages DataONE Member Nodes, data scientists, researchers, scientists, students and others to submit abstracts for posters and talks.

Abstract Submission for Posters and Talks
Abstracts for talks and posters are solicited during the registration process. Talks will be approximately 10-20 minutes in duration, to be confirmed with development of the agenda. Submissions for talks will be accepted until June 10th, 2018. Oral presentations are not guaranteed. Those not accepted as oral presentations will be given the option to present a poster. Poster submissions will remain open until the close of registration. 

A shareable flyer and postcard are available online  We would be grateful if you could circulate widely in your networks.

Two new data set have been released by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN:
The India Village-Level Geospatial Socio-Economic Data Set, v1 (1991, 2001), provides detailed administrative boundary data for India (village/town-level) together with more than 200 socioeconomic variables from the 1991 and 2001 censuses. The data are available for the 28 states and combined Union Territories in existence in 1991 and 2001. The data set was developed as part of a research project on the dynamics and determinants of land change in India by Prasanth Meiyappan of the University of Illinois and colleagues from India and from Columbia University. This is the second data set in the India Data Collection, which also includes the data set, India Annual Winter Cropped Area, v1 (2001–2016).

SEDAC has also released a new data set on global patterns of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) over nearly two decades: the Global PM2.5 Grids from MODIS, MISR and SeaWiFS Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) with Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR),  v1 (1998–2016). The data set consists of estimated annual concentrations (micrograms per cubic meter) of PM2.5, with dust and sea salt removed, on a grid of 0.01 degree resolution, or about 1 km at the equator. This version supersedes a previous data set with coarser resolution (0.1 degree, or about 10 km) and data only through 2012. The new data set combines AOD measurements from the NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), and the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) with a chemical transport model. GWR is used to adjust estimates drawing on available ground-based measurements. The data set was developed by a team led by Aaron van Donkelaar at Dalhousie University in Canada.


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