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ESIP UPDATE: 07.29.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

I hope those of you who were able to participate in the ESIP Summer Meeting in Tacoma (or virtually) have now had a chance to settle back into your lives, digest the many things you likely worked on and learned, and started the process of thinking about how to integrate those lessons/strategies/technologies into your work. For me it seemed that there was a palpable sense of things getting done and new connections being made. That certainly was the case for the breakout and un-conference sessions that we had around the topic of assessment of training materials registered in the Data Management Training Clearinghouse. I had a similar sense in the other breakouts that I attended and in one-on-one conversations with folks in the hallways and over lunch. The record attendance, significant number of new attendees, and full agenda for three and a half full days speaks volumes about the continued value that engagement with ESIP provides to our current and new partners. The engagement and active participation of the ESIP community is what makes us strong, and on more than one occasion has warranted the use of ESIP not as a noun but as a verb – as in “Go out there and ESIP”, or “We ESIP'ed the heck out of that.”

Keep up the good work and keep thinking about what you want to ESIP next.

Have a great week,
Karl Benedict
ESIP President

Join the next webinar in ESIP's ‘Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information‘ Webinar Series!

What: ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights
When: Thursday August 8th, 12:30 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Monday: Partnership
  • Tuesday: CLEAN
  • Thursday: Data Stewardship; Disasters Lifecycle

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

More ESIP News 

Next ‘Data to Action' Webinar: ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights (8/8 at 12:30 pm ET)
The ESIP ‘Data to Action' Webinar Series will take a break in July for the ESIP Summer Meeting. We will reconvene on August 8th at 12:30 pm for the ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar, a number of fast-paced lightning talks summarizing meeting outcomes and next steps.

What: ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights
When: Thursday August 8th, 12:30 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

News from Around the Community

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Announces GEO Individual Excellence Award
This award will be presented to up to 3 individuals in in 2019 who have demonstrated exceptional personal commitment to the GEO Mission and whose work has had tangible impact. Examples of accomplishments for which individuals may be recognized could include: being instrumental in generating energy within a community that has led to significant progress or achievements; using creative and innovative approaches to achieve collaboration; overcoming administrative, political, institutional or structural barriers to advance the goals of a community; engaging or mentoring youth; advancing a diverse and inclusive GEO. Nominations due by 7/31. Learn more here.

Second Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Workshop on Remote Sensing Data Interoperability
The ARD Workshop, which is supported by Radiant.Earth, will take place August 5-7th in Menlo Park, CA at the USGS Menlo Park Campus. The workshop will discuss interoperability between commercial data sources of imagery and public datasets. In particular, there will be presentations on different approaches to data harmonization with an emphasis on determining standard approaches and practical recommendations on standards for Analysis Ready Data. The workshop is open to technical staff in commercial EO data providers, government agencies like USGS, NASA and ESA, as well as data analytics providers, researchers and NGOs. Space is limited, please use this form to apply.

Job Opening: Web Developer for USGCRP
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is looking for a web developer to work on the Global Change Information System and build information management technology to support the National Climate Assessment and other important reports on climate change. Learn more and apply here. Contact Reid Sherman ( if you have any questions.

NASA Earth Science Data System Working Group focused on exploring JSON Encodings in Earth Observation Coverages Requests Input on Discussion Paper
The NASA ESDWSG that is exploring JSON encodings in Earth observation coverages has produced a discussion paper. The discussion paper, available as a Google Doc or downloadable here, is meant to spark an interactive discussion on the topic, not a formal review of the paper (i.e., focusing on content, not grammar). Please provide feedback by 7/31 either by requesting access to comment on the Google Doc or sharing feedback with the EOSDIS Standards Office at

World Data System (WDS) Data Stewardship Award 2019: Call for Nominations Open
The WDS Data Stewardship Award is awarded annually to celebratee the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the involvement of scientific data stewardship through their (1) engagement with the community, (2) academic achievements, and (3) innovations. Starting this year, nominations are open to any scientific organization, group, body, union, or otherwise; however, WDS Members are especially encouraged to send recommendations if you know of an early career researcher who deserves to have their accomplishments recognized. Learn more and nominate by today, 7/29, here.

CU Boulder Earth Data Analytics Professional Certificate
If you're looking to gain skills in Earth data science and scientific programming, this nine credit professional certificate program provides fundamental skills required to work in the rapidly growing field of earth data science. Graduates will be prepared to launch or advance careers as data scientists, data analysts, GIS/geospatial analysts, remote sensing scientists, or product managers, among other careers. The certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced earth science professionals, and career changers. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2019. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate here. This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. The final application deadline is 8/12. Learn more here. Contact with questions.

Register for the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI)
FSCI is a week-long program of coursework, group activities, and hands-on training around the latest trends in scholarly communication to be held Aug. 5th-9th, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Courses feature the latest technologies in research flow, new forms of publication, current standards and expectations, and explores ways of measuring and demonstrating success that are transforming science and scholarship. Who should attend? Researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and post docs from across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Learn more, register, and apply for travel assistance here.

GreenTech 2019 Conference: Innovating Environmental Protection for the Future
The next 50 years of environmental protection will not look like the first 50—they will be driven by technology as much as by regulation. Join us in Seattle, Washington, for a two-day conference where we will explore innovative and transformative technologies—drones, artificial intelligence, sensors, blockchain, and biotechnology among others—and the unique opportunities—and challenges—they present for protecting the environment. Engage with a diverse group of stakeholders at this one-of-a-kind event, which will include demonstrations, discussions, and dialogue. Learn more and register by early registration deadline of 8/1 here.

ESIP Community Members suggest you consider submitting to the following AGU Fall Meeting sessions. To avoid an overload of individual messages to the ESIP-All Mailing List, we have been sharing sessions here in the Monday Update each week. Submit by the deadline *THIS WEEK* of 7/31. Click links to see full session abstracts and conveners.

  • ED022* – Dirty Stories of Data Rescue: Sharing Successes and Learning Opportunities to Improve Workflows; How often have we heard a story about old research notes, found by chance, that made a study possible, or changed the course of a project? How often have we heard someone lament the passing of a colleague and the loss of their records, or the discovery of a trove of old magnetic tapes or digital files? What other close calls of data loss have been averted by the efforts of data rescuers and conservators? By encouraging scientists to share their stories, we can create deeper engagement with data rescue and conservation efforts. Storytellers in this session will present their efforts as a narrative, and participants can then engage with the storytellers at their eLightning posters to encourage discovery of additional data rescue and conservation pathways.
  • ED023* – Earth Data Science Education: Training Earth Scientists for Interdisciplinary Work on New and Emerging Approaches; this session will focus on pedagogy and teaching that incorporate data science methods in Earth Science curricula. Potential topics include data wrangling, data integration and assimilation, machine learning, Semantic Web, augmented reality, visual analytics, or any other data-driven problem-solving method.
  • EP002Advances in uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) use for Earth and planetary observation; this session will focus on new methodologies enabled by uncrewed (or unmanned) aerial vehicles in multiple domains, and new platforms, sensors, operational approaches, and data-analysis techniques that drive these approaches. We especially encourage submissions describing new tooling and workflows to manage UAV mission planning and data analysis.
  • H029Artificial Intelligence and Remote Sensing Enabling The Next Generation of Global Applications for Sustainable Development; As we partake in this fast-paced golden age for earth observations and AI, we have to be mindful in realizing the potential of these innovative technologies where it matters the most: improving the wellbeing of humanity and planet Earth.  This session solicits presentations 1) showcasing promising use-cases of AI and EO in sustainable development, 2) addressing the main technological challenges left to solve, and 3) exploring the next generation of applications in this domain.
  • IN003Advancing Capabilities to Enable Current and Future Use of Earth and Space Science Data; Data centers, repositories, archives, and other data facilities and systems strive to offer trustworthy capabilities and services that enable sharing and long-term use of open data. Upon acquiring data from various missions, projects and/or studies and in diverse formats, data product and service developers assess, manage, curate, process, integrate, package, organize, describe, and disseminate data, to facilitate widespread and continuing data sharing and use. Providing capabilities for sharing open data fosters new studies and new data products and services. The TRUST Principles (Transparency, Responsibility, User Community, Sustainability, and Technology), certification, and policy development can contribute to system improvements as well as increased user expectations. Presentations describe approaches and opportunities to improve systems, capabilities, and services for enabling current and future uses of Earth and space science data products and services.
  • IN006 – Scalable Cloud Optimized Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for Earth Science Big Data and Analytics; this session will focus on Earth observations that are service oriented and distributed via geographic information systems (GIS) in the cloud, especially as coupled with 3D/4D visualization/analysis and machine/deep learning.
  • IN007Airborne Data are Unique: Methods and Ideas for Improving Policies, Metadata Standards, Data Storage, Discovery, and Use; Users and data producers often find the rules don't easily apply when working with airborne data. The problems span all areas of data handling – from measurement to data production, archival, data product distribution and discovery, and user support. The unique characteristics and complexity of airborne data make it difficult to use many of the formats, tools, and services that were designed primarily for satellite data. This session aims to highlight airborne data issues of concern and examine various solutions, either existing or under development. The intent is to bring together the airborne data community to encourage cooperation and support as we seek a path forward towards a more unified and improved airborne data handling process.
  • IN010Assessment and developments in the structured metadata developer tool chain for and associated extensions; This session will look at: the range of tools needed to increase the simplicity, efficiency and connectivity of data provider and research workflows; advances in Linked Data and vocabularies, including versioning; and community recommendations on or extensions to
  • IN017Communities, Tools and Policies that Enable Integration of Earth, Space and Environmental Science Data and Cyberinfrastructures; In recent years there has been rapid growth in online datasets, vocabularies, tools and compute resources for Earth, space and environmental science researchers. Most are coordinated by separate communities and range from major international/national initiatives down to notable efforts by much smaller communities. There are social, scientific and technological challenges that each is trying to solve in isolation, but there are sufficient differences that make it hard to leverage common developments across them. The time is ripe to synchronize efforts and create globally connected networks of Earth, space and environmental Science data, software, compute resources and researchers. Presentations are solicited ranging from those building community specific systems to those trying to resolve the challenges of internationally linking multiple communities to create globally networked environments that share common solutions for more efficient and effective use of limited funding.

      IN019Data and Information Services for Interdisciplinary Research and Applications in Earth Science; this session seeks presentations to describe current Earth science data and information service activities for interdisciplinary research and applications, including tools or data services, existing or in development. Presentations addressing specific needs and challenges of handling big data with machine-learning or natural language processing, including access to findable and relevant data for training purposes and service development, are highly encouraged.

    • IN020Data Integration: Enabling the Acceleration of Science Through Connectivity, Collaboration, and Convergent Science; this session explores the challenges and successes repository managers and communities have in providing support and services to researchers interested in accessing and using data from multiple sources and scientific domains with unfamiliar formats, and unknown quality and uncertainty. We seek methods for identifying and communicating best practices and challenges in this diverse data environment.
    • IN026Environmental Sensor Networks; Climate study related experiments and observational stations are getting bigger and number of sensors and instruments involved is growing very fast. Experiments like SPRUCE, NGEE-Arctic, NEON have to deal with hundreds of sensors and instruments. The most effective way to manage such large installations is to incorporate all equipment into a network. At this session we would like people to share their experience in establishing, maintaining, and managing a fixed environmental sensor networks on or near surface measurements (will not include remotely sensed data – satellite imagery, aerial photography, etc.). This session is open for all works about an existing system, planning a completely new network, upgrading an existing system, improving streaming data management, and archiving data.
    • IN029 – Exploration and Importance of Data Usage Metrics and Altmetrics; this session invites presentations on various data-usage metrics and altmetrics for research studies and/or applications, including community adoption of usage-based metrics, standards for recording and exchanging usage data, uncertainties for compilation of usage data sets, and  understanding of the whole concept of usage metrics.
    • IN035Making Data Uncertainty Information FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable; this session seeks to discover solutions (from conceptual prototype to operational) that intend to make uncertainty information for all varieties of Earth science data FAIR and targets open-source solutions of varying types, e.g., web tools/services, documented practices/policies, metadata standards, data recipes, software packages, community repositories/hubs, cloud-based analytics, etc.
    • IN038 – Near Real-Time/Low Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications; this session seeks contributions that demonstrate the benefit of near real time/low latency scientific or social media data, discuss innovative real time analysis approaches including machine learning and big data strategies, decrease data delivery latency, or identify gaps in current capabilities.
    • IN043Standards for the Benefit of Science and Society; Standards can help to ensure the F.A.I.R.ness of data, reduce the barriers to adoption of new technologies within local and regional cultures, and help close the digital divide between less economically developed countries and advanced societies. But the development de jure standards takes time and effort, and adoption of the end product is not guaranteed. This session consists of presentations highlighting the practical aspects, including sociological factors, involved in development and adoption of standards and best practices. Presentations describing specific use cases and outcomes involving standardization efforts are also being solicited.
    • IN047Tracks across the Ocean, Sky, and Land; Many different types of projects collect track data, which describes the time and location where Earth science measurements were made along the path traversed by a ship, airplane, drone, vehicle, or hiker. This session is an opportunity to explore and share approaches for storing, discovering, visualizing, and analyzing track data, in an effort to identify recommended practices and opportunities for further collaboration across science domains.
    • IN048Transforming Earth and Planetary Science with Mixed Reality and Other Innovative Visualization Solutions; this session seeks presentations describing current and ongoing work exploiting the power of immersive technologies as leading-edge visual frameworks, providing scientists and researchers with platforms to broaden their understanding of geophysical/geospatial science data and natural phenomena by leveraging the distinctive characteristics of VR, AR and MR.
    • IN050What Works — and How(!?):  Sharing Successful Approaches to Educating Research Teams on Research Data Management and Related Data Skills; In this session, educational and training resource creators and adaptors are invited to share their success stories in educating scientific researchers (including students) at different phases of their education or professional career. We’d like to hear answers to the questions: What works? Do you have experience with a pedagogical approach that has proven particularly effective? Have you engaged in collaborative teaching partnerships, and if so, with whom and what has made them effective? Have you developed or used interesting hands-on activities, demonstrations, simulations, or other fun and engaging teaching tools or methods? We welcome and encourage educators from all levels and settings to participate in this session.
    • PA007Bringing Science Down to Earth: Using Creative Storytelling and Multi-Channel Outreach to Advance Awareness and Use of Earth Science in Communities Worldwide; Creative storytelling helps showcase the many ways that Earth science provides societal benefits and improves decision making in myriad sectors and communities. Multimedia-rich stories, interactive websites, social media and media outreach deliver tailored stories that make Earth observations and data relatable to new audiences, and to potentially inspire new users. This session explores creative approaches that make clear the value and relevance of Earth observations to specific geographic locations or communities of interest through a range of channels, engaging communications techniques, and content. This session invites papers that address storytelling and content development that tailors or translates Earth science concepts, systems, and projects to communities or particular audiences.
    • PA015Creating Harmony: Enabling the Composition of Science and Applications through Promoting Data Access and Sharing in Developing Regions; this session seeks presentations that highlight experiences, lessons learned, and innovative technologies for filling data gaps and acquiring closed-source data through building relationships to incentivize data sharing in developing regions. Efforts highlighting regional engagement, capacity building, collaborative research, and tools to help increase data access are welcome.
    • PA043Profiles in Science: Using Relatable Stories and Personal Narratives to Spark Scientific Intrigue; From a young age, stories are how we understand new concepts and navigate the world around us. In particular, personal narratives help connect audiences to the story of science and its impact on the economy, society, and our health. Stories that blend the human experience with technical explanations told across written, oral, and visual platforms spark interest and emotion among global audiences. They are relatable and memorable. This session provides both a range of approaches for crafting personal narratives in scientific pursuits and a forum for attendees to present or appreciate such blended stories. The session invites papers that present tools, models, and techniques on this practice as well as instances of personal profiles with lessons for composing and delivering them.
    • PA052Science to action: Having Social Impact Amid Institutional Barriers; Much environmental research will never have the social impact that it could because it is carried out in institutions that are bound to traditional approaches misaligned with current needs and developed without active engagement with decision makers. Connecting environmental science to environmental problems is more than good science communication or writing a “broader impacts” statement, yet these are too often approaches put forward as pathways to bring science out of the lab and into the real world. In this session we highlight environmental change research having demonstrable impact in the world despite institutional barriers. If you collaborate on sea level rise projections with a coastal city, work in a climate services organization that supports municipal infrastructure planning, model disease vector spread related to warming climate with a health department or do other science that is both socially and scientifically impactful, join us to share how these barriers can be overcome.
    • G012Plate Motion, Continental Deformation, and Interseismic Strain Accumulation; This session seeks studies examining the take up of plate motion in deforming zones and the buildup and release of elastic strain along major faults and in subduction zones using space geodetic measurements, geologic observations, and geophysical data such as seismicity, marine magnetic anomalies, and transform fault azimuths.

    View all Earth and Space Science Informatics Sessions here.

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