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ESIP UPDATE: 02.25.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

There is a lot of activity in our community this week. Make sure to check out ESIP's Google Summer of Code ideas and submit your ideas. Please share the call for Raskin Scholars an opportunity for graduate students that straddle Earth science and informatics in memory of Rob Raskin, longtime ESIP community member.  

We are kicking off our preparation for the ESIP Summer Meeting in Tacoma, WA this week with the Visioneers call on Wednesday. In addition to thinking about the meeting, Visioneers will begin to think about innovations in other areas of ESIP. If you have ideas for how ESIP could better support you, please join us! 

This week I am participating in Math and Physical Science FAIR Hackathon in D.C.  

Have a great week! 

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Cloud Computing, Documentation, Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network, Information Quality, Semantic Tech
  • Wednesday: Visioneers
  • Thursday: Citation Guidelines, Marine Data

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

ESIP News 

ESIP Assembly-Endorsed Software & Services Citation Guidelines
Did you know that the recently-released ESIP Software and Services Citation Guidelines and Examples can be accessed online here? The Guidelines provide recommendations on how to cite software and services and are intended for use by authors and journal publishers (to make recommendations to authors). Developed by ESIP's Software and Services Citation Cluster, the Guidelines were endorsed by the ESIP Assembly in January 2019.

New Research Object Citation Cluster
Beginning in March, the Software and Services Citation Cluster and the Citation Guidelines Cluster will merge and join forces to form the Research Object Citation Cluster. The new cluster will take on the broad challenge of general research object citation and the question of how to provide a reference that enables access and credit to any given research object (data, software, article, instrument, sample, workflow, etc.). The group will meet on the third Thursday of each Month at 12 pm ET (beginning March 21st, 2019). If you are interested in getting involved in or just staying up-to-date on these efforts, please join this mailing list.

2019 Raskin Scholarship Call for Applications
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences. The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides a $5000 award and travel support to the ESIP Summer Meeting, where the recipient will have an invited talk covering their field of interest. The Scholarship is named in honor of long-time ESIP participant, Rob Raskin, who was an Earth science information partner extraordinaire and a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit our website.

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.

Seeking Ideas from ESIP Members for Google Summer of Code by 2/26

ESIP is applying to participate as a second-year mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code.  As an umbrella organization (e.g. an organization of organizations), ESIP gets to provide the amazing opportunity for our members to participate in Google Summer of Code through their home institution! Click here to share your ideas by 2/26!

Around the Community

OGC Special Session at Pecora/ISRSE Conferences Abstract Deadline 2/25
OGC will have a special session at the colocated Pecora and ISRSE conferences to be held October 6-11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The OGC session theme is “Geospatial Fusion: Observations, Features, Decisions.” It's not too late to submit an abstract, since the abstract deadline was extended to TODAY, 2/25. Learn more here.

OceanObs'19 Conference Deadlines Approaching
OceanObs'19, to be hosted in Hawaii (Sept. 16-20th, 2019), “seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring climate, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.” The deadline is 3/1 for early registration, exhibitor applications, travel support applications, poster submissions, and breakout session proposals. Learn more here.

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 The application deadline is 3/15. For questions, contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke (

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.

USGS Mendenhall Postdoc Opportunity 
A USGS Mendenhall postdoc opportunity entitled, “Data science and machine learning to inform energy resource assessments,” is now available. Learn more and apply by March 4, 2019 here. Contact with any questions. See the full Mendenhall postdoctoral research opportunity list  at

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 Waterhackweek Cyberseminar series, hosted jointly by CUAHSI and the University of Washington, consists of 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. See upcoming topics below and learn more here.

  • 2/28: Landlab modeling framework and use cases | Erkan Istanbulluoglu, Christina Bandaragoda, Amanda Manaster, and Sai Siddhartha, Univ. of Washington
  • 3/7: Tools for building Apps: Thethys | Rohit Khattar, Brigham Young Univ. and Nathan Swain, Aquaveo

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