ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Call for Sessions, Putting Data to Work Webinar Series

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ESIP UPDATE: 03.09.2020

Hello ESIP,

This week, I'm happy to announce that the Call for Sessions has been released for the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting to be held July 14th-17th in Burlington, VT. For this meeting, we especially welcome session proposals related to ESIP's 2020 theme: Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Learn more and submit a proposal by 4/17 here.

Our 2020 Webinar Series will kickoff this week on Thursday at 3 pm ET. In keeping with the year theme, the webinar series will move beyond data discovery to explore how the Earth science community is putting data to work, using and reusing data in new and creative applications, creating derived products and showcasing examples of data integration in order to enhance the resilience and enhance the socioeconomic value of data. In addition, playing on the double meaning of work, putting data to work will highlight public-private partnerships as we explore how data usage increases the value of Earth science research to other economic sectors. This is a theme that resonates with many ESIP Collaboration Areas and Partners, so we are collaborating with these groups within normal monthly telecon schedules to build connections across the ESIP community. The first webinar, which will be led by the IT&I Committee is entitled “Discrete Global Grid System in Action: Provision of Rapid Response During Australian Bushfires and Other Applications” and will feature Shane Crossman and Irina Bastrakova of Geoscience Australia. Learn more below and here.

If you're looking for a great read this week, check out Ten Rules to Increase the Societal Value of Earth Observations. Authored by a team of ESIP Community Members led by Arika Virapongse, the paper builds upon the 2018 ESIP webinar series entitled, “The Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science Data, Information, and Applications.”

Have a great week, everyone,

Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN; Program Committee
  • Wednesday: Semantic Harmonization; Community Data
  • Thursday: IT&I Tech Dive
  • Friday: Sustainable Data Management

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

Call for Sessions NOW OPEN: Learn more at


2020 ESIP Summer Meeting: Call for Sessions OPEN NOW through 4/17!
The session proposal portal for the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 14th-17th, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont) is open now through 4/17. For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. For this meeting, we especially welcome session proposals related to ESIP's 2020 theme: Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Sessions that discuss technical examples of how data can be put to work to address science use cases are strongly encouraged. Sessions are generally 1.5 hour blocks and can follow a number of different formats. Learn more and submit a proposal by 4/17 here. Questions? Send them to

2020 Raskin Scholarship Call for Applications (due 3/15)
The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students and early career researchers 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 award 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.

Discrete Global Grid System in Action: Provision of Rapid Response During Australian Bushfires and Other Applications (IT&I Webinar Related to ESIP Year Theme)
The devastation caused by the Australian Bushfires highlighted the need for a new approach for rapid data integration. The total burnt area during Autumn-Summer 2019-2020 is 72,000 square miles, which is an equivalent to a half of Montana or North Dakota and Delaware areas combined. Rapid response in provision of information on areas affected by the bushfires was required to support evaluation of the impact, and also planning the recovery process and support for families, businesses and the environment. This presentation will discuss application of the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) in bringing together diverse complex information from multiple sources to support the response process. The presentation will also discuss testing of the DGGS capability in other use cases. Featured speakers will be: Shane Crossman and Irina Bastrakova.

When: Thursday March 12th at 3 pm ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (408) 650-3123 (Access Code: 533-510-693)

Join the Community Data Cluster's Second Telecon (Wednesday 3/11 at 4 pm ET)
In keeping with ESIP's mission “to make data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, policy makers and the public” the Community Data Cluster (led by Steve Diggs and Andrea Thomer) aims to improve usable data services offered directly to the public. Currently, local organizations and community organizers often do not know about, have access to, or have tools to use environmental data. The ESIP Community Data cluster will be a connection point for local organizations and community organizers looking for data to support community needs. They plan to work with local experts to assess data requirements, align these needs with existing resources (e.g. people, data) and work to connect them. Are you interested in this topic? Join the next Community Data Telecon THIS Wednesday at 4 pm ET and join their mailing list to stay up-to-date on their activities:

Dial in by phone: +1 (786) 535-3211 (Access Code: 857-241-765)

More News

2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting: Call for Abstracts
You can now submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations and working sessions for the 2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting (June 2-4, 2020 in San Diego, CA) by March 20th here. In addition, please consider the following call for notebooks:
Call for Notebooks – Abstracts Due April 1 
As scientific studies become more data intensive and software dependent, reproducibility principles and other factors increase the importance of citable publications that include reusable workflows, software, and data-access procedures. This importance is reflected in new academic journals, such as the Journal of Open Source Software, whose peer reviewed articles highlight the software itself, and often can include executable notebooks (Jupyter, R Studio, etc.). In this spirit, EarthCube is issuing its first call for Notebooks as primary, peer-reviewed submissions to a digital proceedings for this year’s EarthCube Annual Meeting.   More info  /  SUBMIT HERE  (Notebook abstracts due April 1. Final Notebooks due on May 1.)

Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Summer 2020 Fellowship Program in Ecological Data Management
EDI is excited to announce 9 fellowships available for Summer 2020 (6/9-8/14). The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students legally living in the US. The fellows will receive training in data management and archiving and gain hands-on experience at specific host research sites. During the first week of the program the fellows will participate in a mandatory data publishing workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. For details on the fellowship program and to apply (by 3/13), please visit

NCEAS Training on Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis
Registration is open for a new intensive, five-day immersion course “Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis” (5/11-5/15 in Santa Barbara, CA). The course, which will happen quarterly, will enable environmental researchers across career stages and sectors to gain fundamental data science skills in support of open, reproducible research techniques. Major course foci will include managing data to enable better reuse, building reproducible workflows using R and git, and communicating results within the framework of synthesis science. This is an opportunity for students, researchers, data managers, and others to reinforce or expand their learning and become familiar with current best practices and tools in data science and open science. These skills will enable you to maximize your productivity, share your data effectively, and accelerate the scientific community’s ability to work together on solving important questions about the natural environment and our interactions with it. Learn more and register by 4/6 here.

Arctic Data Center Data Science Training
The Arctic Data Center will host a 5-day data science training workshop October 19 – 23, 2020 at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California. This 5-day workshop will provide researchers with an overview of data management practices, data science tools, and concrete steps and methods for more easily documenting and uploading their data to the Arctic Data Center. Both early career and established researchers from the Arctic research community are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected on the basis of their current research or work activities; their previous experience with open science practices, data management techniques, and analysis methods; and their current or former opportunities to access training in these areas. We will prioritize applications from individuals currently funded through the NSF Polar Programs. Participants will receive support to cover the cost of airfare and accommodations for the duration of the course. See more info and apply by April 24, 2020 here. For questions, contact

OGC seeks public comment on revision to TimeseriesML standard
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on version 1.3 of the TimeseriesML standard. TimeseriesML is an XML Encoding of the Timeseries Profile of Observations and Measurements, and is used for the representation of observations as ‘timeseries’ – that is, a sequence of data values that are ordered in time. TimeseriesML supports observations tagged with location, but is equally useful for applications that aren’t concerned with location. Learn more and comment by 3/19 here.

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Google Earth Engine Announce Call to Action for Projects to Monitor the Pulse of our Planet
Shared data means everything to Earth observation researchers. If we hope to solve global problems such as climate change, open data is at the heart of finding answers. Sharing is at the heart of GEO’s latest call to action. In partnership with Google, GEO will select 25 project proposals to receive licenses for Google Earth Engine, to be used to tackle significant societal challenges and improve understanding of our planet.

Google is providing these licenses, valued at US$3 million, to broaden the use of Earth observation data. In keeping with GEO's goal of promoting openly shared data, we require that the chosen projects offer the results of their work to the open science community, including code, algorithms, datasets and results. See more details and apply by March 15, 2020 here.

2020 Gateway Focus Week Applications are Now Open!
The Science Gateways Community Institute offers two Focus Weeks per year. The 2020 sessions are: 

  • June 1-5, Columbia University, New York, NY (apply by March 27)
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4, San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, CA (apply by Sept. 25)

Gateway Focus Week is a five-day intensive workshop that has been carefully designed to benefit teams who want to ensure the sustainability of their gateway projects. Teams engage in hands-on activities that help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders. Participating teams produce a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan with a corresponding pitch deck that includes actionable goals. By working closely across teams, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and challenges. Teams also learn how to access consultations, engagement opportunities, and other resources from the SGCI. Apply now!

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