ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Highlights, New Partners, and more

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ESIP UPDATE: 08.17.2020

Dear ESIP,

It's now been just a little over 3 weeks since the ESIP Summer Meeting concluded. Last week's ESIP Meeting Highlights Webinar was a testament to just how action-packed the meeting was. You can now access the webinar recording and recordings of all Summer Meeting sessions in this YouTube Playlist. To get an even more complete picture, check out the meeting Sched site to see session notes, presentations, takeaways, and recordings.

We would like to give a warm welcome to ESIP's 3 new partner organizations approved by the ESIP Board during the Summer Meeting:

We also wanted to let the community know that Dan Keyes, ESIP Operations Director, has moved on from the organization. Dan was an excellent colleague and I know many of you found him to be very kind, helpful, and reliable. We are grateful to Dan for the 6+ years he spent with ESIP and we wish him well in the future. ESIP will be looking to hire a new employee in the near future. Details will be shared soon. We thank you for sharing the advertisement with others and for letting us know if you know of potential candidates.

This week, ESIP Staff will be supporting the 2020 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop. We hope to see some of you there!


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate; Governance
  • Wednesday: Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation; Education; Discovery
  • Friday: Machine Learning

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


Machine Learning Cluster Newsletter
The ESIP Machine Learning Cluster (led by Chair Anne Wilson and Community Fellow Yuhan Rao) released their most recent newsletter in July. The newsletter provides an overview of Machine Learning Cluster sessions at the ESIP Summer Meeting, where links take you to where you can find the session recordings, notes, and presentations. The newsletter also includes a broader look at some activities and resources relevant to the ESIP machine learning community. Check out the full newsletter here.

More News

New from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) managed by CIESIN
The Food Insecurity Hotspots Data Set consists of gridded data identifying the level of intensity and frequency of food insecurity over ten years between 2009 and 2019, as well as hotspots of consecutive food insecurity events, for five regions: Central America and the Caribbean, Central Asia, East Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa. New Publication: “Using Disaster Outcomes to Validate Components of Social Vulnerability to Floods: Flood Deaths and Property Damage across the USA,” in a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability. Authors are Beth Tellman, Cody Schank, Bessie Schwarz, Peter Howe, and CIESIN's Alex de Sherbinin. This Special Issue was guest-edited by de Sherbinin and Stefan Kienberger, comprised of 13 articles on the topic of climate risk and vulnerability mapping.

Webinar Series: Serving Society with Space Data
Co-hosted by the Space Enabled Research Group (MIT Media Lab) and the Secure World Foundation, this virtual series engages a multi-sector audience in discussions on how space technologies and geospatial applications contribute to better outcomes in critical fields around the world, such as energy, food security, poverty, and governance. Held twice a month, the events bring together stakeholders working in companies, nonprofits, academia, and government to highlight initiatives taken to progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using a truly transformative multi-stakeholder approach. The series highlights real-world case studies as well as opportunities and challenges for expanding the use of satellite data in efforts to achieve the SDGs.  This series seeks to look at ongoing work by a variety of actors, with a special focus on development and humanitarian projects. Learn more here. Upcoming webinars include:

  • 8/19 (10:00-11:30am ET) SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9/2  (10:00-11:30am ET) ALL SDGs: Monitoring and Evaluation

Help AGI Understand COVID-19 Impacts on Geoscience Workplace & Instructional Environments
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is conducting a year-long study to understand the impacts on geoscientists, employers and educational institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to discover which of these changes will become permanent. Over the next 52 weeks, survey participants will be emailed a brief online status survey twice a month. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete. For more information about the survey, visit

LTER Network Synthesis Working Group Proposals
With 28 active research programs going back 40 years and more, the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) has generated a rich trove of data (including over 7000 publicly available long term datasets housed at the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI). To encourage reuse, synthesis, and integration of these data, the LTER Network Office is funding 2-4 new synthesis working groups for up to 2 years and up to $55K/year.  Proposals emphasizing LTER's core thematic areas are encouraged, as are novel applications of LTER data. Proposal PIs do not need to be current LTER investigators, but synthesis teams should involve some LTER researchers and must draw on data from at least 2 LTER sites. Proposal deadline is October 14, 2020, with decisions in early January 2021. Full details at

SGCI Science Ambassadors Program
Are you interested in a) sharing with others how the use of a gateway has changed your work; b)Training others on the use of your gateway of choice; or c) Presenting your experience of using a gateway for education? COVID-19 is changing the ways we communicate about our science. Given that current outreach to communities is being done virtually or via publications, the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) has redesigned the Science Ambassadors Program to provide funding of up to $1000 per year to scientists who have an appointment or affiliation with a US university. These funds can be used for virtual meeting registration costs, publication costs, and more. Learn more about this opportunity and apply on a rolling basis at the end of each month (starting 6/30) at

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