ESIP Update: Socioeconomic Value of Data Webinar Series and Hello from New Community DirectorLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.01.18

Happy October Everyone –

In my first day on the job as ESIP's new Community Director, I would like to take this opportunity to say it's nice to ‘meet' you all. I am looking forward to working with and getting to know you and your collaborations. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at at any time.

This week at ESIP you can look forward to the 4th installment of the Socioeconomic Value of Earth Observations Webinar and several collaboration area telecons. This Friday (10/5) is the last day to submit applications for the 2019 Class of ESIP Community Fellows. And don't forget to start brainstorming – the call for session proposals for the ESIP Winter Meeting will be out very soon!

If you would like to include an announcement in a future update, please send me a note.

Have a great week,  
Megan Carter
Community Director, ESIP

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Ag & Climate; Envirosensing
  • Wednesday: Usability; IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Disaster Lifecycle

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

Federation News 

Join the 4th Socioeconomic Value of Earth Observations Webinar:
The “pipeline” of Earth science data to climate resilience and its value for real-world decision making

Date: Tuesday Oct 2, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET
Location: GoToMeeting; (details below)

The ESIP Agriculture and Climate Cluster (ACC) has, over the past several years, been developing a “pipeline” to transform ongoing or recent agriculture / climate-related research and applications into case studies that become part of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT; These CRT case studies document “how people are building resilience for their businesses and in their communities,” using relevant data and tools. To more explicitly capture the flow of data from initial observations, to derived information, to integration into end user decision-making, and to the values/benefits of decisions, the ACC is involved in an ongoing ESIP Lab-funded project, “Enabling the encoding and visualization of provenance metadata for better discovery and understanding of climate resilience strategies for agriculture-related decision-making.” Capturing this data-to-decisions (D2D) provenance can inform the value of socioeconomic data and information, and help contribute toward better real-world decision making for agriculture and climate resilience strategies. 

Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Principal, Knowledge Motifs LLC
Dr. Bill Teng, Principal Scientist, NASA GSFC (ADNET Systems)
Dr. Richard Bernknopf, Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico
Dr. Brian Wee, Founder and Managing Director, Massive Connections
Dr. Arika Virapongse, Principal, Middle Path EcoSolutions

This is the fourth in a six-part webinar series that explores the socioeconomic value of Earth Science data, information, and applications by addressing three main questions: How does Earth Science data contribute socioeconomic value and to societal benefits? What are different quantitative and qualitative ways that can be used to assess and measure this value? And, what are the challenges and opportunities for enhancing how Earth Science data contributes socioeconomic value? The flow of data from the initial observations, to the formulating of information, and its integration into decision-support systems is addressed.
For more information about the webinar, see

Call for 2019 ESIP Community Fellows Ends Friday (10/5)

The call for the 2019 class of ESIP Community Fellows ends this Friday October 5th. Community Fellows are graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth science. This fellowship provides a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group on current Earth Science technology challenges.

Fellows serve a year-term starting from December 2018 – December 2019 and receive a $2000 stipend and paid travel to our Winter and Summer Meetings.

For more information, please visit here.

Coordinated ESIP Input to NASA Science Mission Directorate Strategic Plan for Data and Computing
Kevin Murphy, 
Program Executive for Earth Science Data Systems, sent a note to ESIP-All last week announcing the RFI to NASA's SMD Strategic Plan for Data and Computing. There has been a bit of chatter about an ESIP coordinated response. There is a Google Doc here with the questions, if you are interested in participating. 

Save the date – ESIP Winter Meeting, January 15-17, 2019 in Bethesda, MD – Call for Sessions coming soon!

Around the Federation
Trustworthy Data Repositories Cohort
A cohort of data repositories is being assembled to apply for CoreTrustSeal certification as part of the American Geophysical Union Coalition Enabling FAIR Data Project. CoreTrustSeal certification demonstrates to a repository’s users and funders that they have been evaluated by an independent authority and endorsed for their trustworthiness. We are planning a series of webinars in the first part of October to provide more information on CoreTrustSeal and the certification process. The webinars will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this cohort, please send email to Rebecca Koskela (  Also, please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested in joining the cohort.

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





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