ESIP Update: Summer Meeting Registration and Call for Sessions OPEN and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 03.18.2019

Good Morning ESIP,

Believe it or not, the ESIP Summer Meeting is quickly approaching! We are very excited to announce that registration is now open. We encourage you to continue to contribute session proposals.

This week we will kickoff our 2019 Webinar Series, which follows this year's theme, “Data in Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information.” Join us this Friday (3/22) at 12:30 pm ET to see ESIP's sponsor representatives from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS, discuss how their organizations contribute to increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information.

Finally, check out this new ESIP Partner Highlight featuring the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program.


Megan Carter Orlando
ESIP Community Director

Register and submit session proposals NOW for the ESIP Summer Meeting

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network
  • Wednesday: Out2Lunch, Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation, Education, Drones

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

ESIP News 

Data in Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information Webinar Series
ESIP's 2019 webinar series explores activities within and outside of ESIP that contribute to increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information by addressing three main questions: How do these activities contribute to increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information? What are quantitative and qualitative ways that can be used to assess and measure this use and value? And, what are the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in further increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information? The first 3 webinars are listed below.

For more details, including connection info, see here.

2019 Raskin Scholarship: Apply by April 1st
In March 2012, the ESIP Federation lost long-time member, Rob Raskin. Rob was soft-spoken, easy-going, wise and an Earth science information partner extraordinaire. Rob was a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. In collaboration with Rob's family, the ESIP Federation and the Foundation for Earth Science remember Rob and his dedication to support the next generation of Earth science data and technology leaders through the Robert G. Raskin Scholarship. The Raskin Scholarship, which includes a $5000 award, as well as travel to and the opportunity to present at the next ESIP Meeting, is given annually to a current graduate, post-doc, or early career individual in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. For more information, including how to apply, see here.

ESIP Partner Highlight: Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R)
The Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) program provides fleet-wide management of underway data to ensure preservation of, and access to, our national oceanographic research assets. Learn more about R2R and why they participate with ESIP in this Partner Highlight.

ESIP Information Quality Cluster (IQC) Participates in Australian Research Data Center (ARDC) TechTalk
ESIP IQC members presented in a ARDC TechTalk Webinar held on March 1st. You can check out their presentations at the YouTube links below.

Spring 2019 Out2Lunch Webinar Series
The Spring 2019 Out2Lunch Webinar Series continues this week on Wednesday at 1 pm ET. To learn more and view previous webinars, see here.

  • 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.
Around the Community

Earth and Environment Science Information Partners (E2SIP) – 3rd Workshop
The next in a series of workshops supporting information interoperability in the Earth and environment science community will be held at CSIRO Black Mountain (Canberra, Australia) on Thursday May 9th in association with the C3DIS 2019 conference. The Australian E2SIP collaborates with the US-based ESIP Federation to share technologies, practices, and conventions, and build the community of practitioners primarily from the research and government sectors. The workshop is structured around a series of breakouts on topics including drones, data management, and big data, and plenary sessions to set the scene and plan next steps. The detailed program can be previewed here. If you are interested in attending, please complete the form at this Eventbrite ticket link.

NASA Early Career Faculty Solicitation
NASA has released a solicitation, titled Early Career Faculty, as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2019.” NASA is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research. The proposals must address one of the following four topics:

  • Advancing Human-Robot Teams for Space Exploration
  • Terrain Mapping and Processing Algorithms
  • Intelligent Calibration of Constellations of Sensors
  • Advanced Thermal control Materials for Exploration Spacecraft

View the solicitation here. Notices of Intent are due by 4/3.

Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology Hackathon (GOAT:HACK)
GOAT:HACK will be hosted on April 4th and 5th at the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD. The goals of the event are to: 

  • bring together a multidisciplinary cohort of researchers, designers, developers, and agricultural practitioners working on public agricultural technologies;
  • enable open access to data and tools resulting from public agricultural research;
  • develop open source technical infrastructure that enables research, adoption, and evaluation of sustainable agricultural practices.

Learn more and apply by 3/22 here.

Survey on Digital Management of Physical Samples and Sample Collections
As part of a grant from the Sloan Foundation, the IGSN 2040 Team is looking to engage researchers across disciplines and across the globe through a survey on physical sample and sample collection digital management. The survey will be used for the development of services, tools, and documentation related to the management of samples. In particular, the team is interested in the use of unique identifiers, such as IGSNs to manage samples. You do not need to be familiar with IGSNs to complete this survey. You can take the <15 minute survey here before March 28th.

DataONE 2019 Summer Internship Program
Undergraduates, graduates and recent postgraduates are invited to apply to work remotely with DataONE for 9 weeks between May and July 2019. Four internships will be funded with a stipend of $5000 each. Potential projects include:

  • Tools to enhance community driven data management education
  • Provenance for Self or Others? A Study with Hands-on Experiments
  • Supporting Community Outreach and Advocacy for Open Data
  • Reach and Citation of DataONE
  • Build capacity for using DataONE via Python
  • A Reproducible Network Analysis of the DataONE Linked Open Data graph

To learn more, see here. Apply by 3/22. For questions, contact

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.

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.

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





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