ESIP Update: *TODAY* Innovation Webinar, Spring 2021 ESIP Lab RFP, Full ESIP Meeting Schedule, & more

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ESIP UPDATE: 05.24.21


As a Mid-Atlantic resident this morning I am writing to you listening to the mesmerizing “whir” of the Brood X cicadas. They really are a fascinating species, spending 17 years underground awaiting their emergence. While we haven’t been underground for 17 years, the past nearly 17 months have seen a much more isolated existence for many of us. It is exciting to see the world emerging (safely) and planning the preparation for more meetings, personal connections and (gasp!) even work travel on the horizon! The ESIP team is hard at work not only planning our Summer Meeting for this year (Register here!), but we are also close to finalizing hotel arrangements for our Winter Meeting 2022, as well as next Summer 2022. We are really excited for all 3 meetings. And I, for one, am excited to meet all of you in person! 

Brood X cicadas on my Crepe Myrtle in Maryland

Please join us today at 2pm ET for the next Innovation Webinar sponsored by SAIC. I am really excited to have NOAA’s Office of Coast survey share with you their work on Precision Marine Navigation. I saw this program in action as a pilot project in the Port of Long Beach a few years ago and am excited to see the scaling of this effort. Julia Powell and John Kelley will share with you how by standardizing data formats and utilizing cloud technologies to process and disseminate NOAA’s data, the Precision Marine Navigation tools allow for machine-to-machine readability with navigation equipment and software and provide new, more intuitive ways for mariners to visualize and discover the data. 

This week the ESIP Team is also pleased to be supporting USGS’s Community for Data Integration Workshop. Megan has been hard at work with the USGS team working to bring elements of interactivity that ESIP has become known for to the workshop. Tomorrow afternoon I will be providing a short intro to ESIP for all participants and Wednesday we will pilot the use of a new platform to host posters and demos, Speed Data-ing, a Diversity and Inclusion discussion and an Early Career Networking event with ESIP Fellows and USGS Fellows.

Have a great week and see you at today’s webinar!


Susan Shingledecker
ESIP Executive Director

Registration Open NOW: Learn More HERE

This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons: 

  • Monday: Cloud Computing; ESIP Innovation Webinar; Meetings Committee
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Semantic Technologies; Physical Samples Cluster
  • Thursday:; Air Quality

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

ESIP Meeting News

ESIP Summer Meeting: Registration Now OPEN
Registration is now open for the 2021 ESIP Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, ONLINE), which will have the theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. The meeting will be another jam-packed week of plenaries, community-contributed breakout sessions, networking opportunities, FUNding Friday, and much more. Check out the full meeting agenda and register here.

Spring 2021 ESIP Lab RFP Open Now Until 6/18
The ESIP Lab facilitates project-based learning opportunities for earth scientists to increase their technical savvy, while increasing our collective knowledge of earth system science. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. Proposals related to the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:

  • Modernization of earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.

This RFP challenges investigators to outline a project they do not currently have the technical skills to accomplish. By outlining a project that requires an updated skillset, it empowers investigators to block out time for learning while still working towards scientific and/or technical objectives that align with their ‘day job.'  All investigators will be encouraged to engage with the ESIP community and offered mentorship from subject-matter experts so they can efficiently overcome roadblocks and follow community-recommended practices. Contact Annie Burgess ( with any questions.

Now on YouTube: Visualization of Landsat Data stored in the Cloud using LandsatLook 2.0
If you missed the last ESIP IT&I Tech Dive Webinar, you can now check it out on the ESIP YouTube Channel at

Other ESIP News

*TODAY* Innovation Webinar: NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation Program (5/24 at 2 pm ET)
Join us for ESIP's next webinar on innovation on Monday 5/24 at 2 pm ET to learn about the NOAA's Precision Marine Navigation Program. Abstract: From recreational boaters to container ship operators, all mariners rely on a wide array of navigation data while operating at sea. To enhance the mariner’s decision-making process, NOAA’s Precision Marine Navigation (PMN) program is developing innovative services and products that make NOAA's weather, oceanographic, and bathymetric data more accessible. By standardizing data formats and utilizing cloud technologies to process and disseminate NOAA’s data, the PMN tools allow for machine-to-machine readability with navigation equipment and software and provide new, more intuitive ways for mariners to visualize and discover the data. Through these next-generation services and products, NOAA is helping to achieve a safer and more efficient marine transportation system. Learn more and REGISTER here.

Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth & Space Sciences (COPDESS) Upcoming Editor Workshop (5/28)
The following workshop will be offered this month. Learn more and register here. If you can't make the live event, please check back to view recordings.

  • Rubric for Models and Model Data — Best Practices for Preservation and Replicability (5/28 at 10:00 – 11:30 EDT, 14:00 – 15:30 UTC)
    • Abstract: Learn about the work of the RCN for Model Data to develop a rubric for Models and Model Data to establish best practices for preservation and replicability. A common question about research efforts that use models and simulation is “what must be included as digital objects cited in the paper for publication?”  The co-chairs will describe the process used to develop the rubric and give an introduction for how it might be applied by journal editors to guide their authors.

More News

2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting – (6/15-6/17)
This FREE virtual meeting is sure to be enlightening for those interested in the intersection between data, cyberinfrastructure and the geosciences. This year's theme is “Networking for the Future” and a portion of the meeting will be devoted to networking opportunities. The plenary talk is “Notebooks as Scholarly Objects” and more information about the meeting is found herePlease Register by May 28, 2021.

3rd NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences (9/13-9/17)
This workshop will be a hybrid event on Sept. 13–17, 2021, supported by ESIP. The theme is “Transforming Weather, Climate Services, and Blue Economy with Artificial Intelligence.” The workshop is currently accepting abstracts relevant to this theme. The major topics that will be covered include:

  • AI for Weather & Climate: Using AI to advance the understanding of weather and climate systems and improve the capability to predict extreme events and future changes.

  • AI for Blue Economy: Using AI to enhance all sectors of the American Blue Economy, such as fishery stock assessment, efficient marine resource surveys, automated data acquisition and analysis, image processing, coastal resilience planning, and protection of the marine ecosystem.

  • Workforce Development & Education: Development and educational activities to promote workforce proficiency and increase workforce diversity around AI.

  • Research-to-Operation/Commercialization (R2X) for AI: Examples and lessons learned on how to transfer AI-based research into operational and/or commercial products.

  • Trustworthy & Responsible AI in Environmental Sciences: Tools and case studies to address the ethical concerns of AI applications in environmental sciences and their societal impacts, such as explainable AI and risk communication. 

  • Seamless AI system: Development of end-to-end AI-based systems that provide workflows, products, and/or services to build customized AI applications for end-users.

  • Community of Practices: Strategies and examples of how to organize communities of practice around AI in environmental sciences to accelerate the adoption of AI and the collaborations with communities of practice that are relevant to other NOAA’s Science and Technology focus areas.

  • Tools, Resources, and Datasets: Development of open source tools, resources, and datasets to improve the efficiency and efficacy of AI applications in environmental sciences, such as deep learning tools, reference datasets for AI application benchmarking, and AI-ready data development. 

Submit an abstract by 6/18 using this Google form or visit Learn more at For questions, please contact

AGU Seeks Earth and Space Science Editor-in-Chief
AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief (EIC) for this exciting journal. The EIC is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

• Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
• Set the strategy for the journal.
• Lead the editor selection process.
• Assign and balance review workload.
• Decisions of ethics.
• Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
• Conduct and attend meetings.

If you would like to be considered for the EIC position of Earth and Space Science, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same address. Please make sure that you specify Earth and Space Science in the subject line of the email.

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Focus Week: June 14-24, 2021 (Apply by 6/9)
Gateway Focus Week is a virtual, two-week intensive workshop for innovative research teams. All disciplines welcome!  During the Focus Week workshop, 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. Focus Week is offered twice per year and is subsidized by the National Science Foundation. This allows you to attend what would otherwise be a $2,500 per team event at no cost. You’ll leave Focus Week with a flexible toolkit that you can use as your project continues to mature. Learn more and register here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Software Citation, Indexing, and Discoverability (due 7/16)
Software is increasingly essential to research. It can be viewed as both a tool to be recorded (for reproducibility) and cited (for credit) as a part of scholarly research works, as well as an output of research that can be used, reused, and further developed. Making this happen effectively leads to challenges in how it is cited, indexed, and discovered. These include challenges relating to: software metadata; identifiers for software and their relationship to those of other research objects; the role of other stakeholders such as indexes, libraries and registries; fostering adoption; development of related tools; and the role of the FAIR principles in this space. This special issue will focus on recent work addressing these challenges. Learn more here.

OGC Seeking Participants in 2021 Disaster Pilot
OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) has issued a call for participation in the 2021 Disaster Pilot, which will prototype and demonstrate end-to-end capabilities that integrate OGC standards, data, services, and state-of-the-art technologies to support decision makers and responders in times of crisis. Learn more about the Pilot and how you can participate here.

Job Opportunities Channel in the ESIP Slack Workspace
In case you haven't noticed, there is a lively channel in the ESIP Slack where community members can post and view current job opportunities, like the one posted below. Please feel free to peruse and add openings you are aware of. To find the channel, join the ESIP Slack workspace and then join the #job-opportunities channel.

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