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ESIP UPDATE: 01.02.19

Good Morning ESIP,

Happy 2019! As we hit the ground running this year, we are sharing many new things to be excited about in ESIP, including new members, new community fellows, and new clusters you can join. We look forward to continuing to make data matter with you and hope you do, too.

The ESIP Winter Meeting is just around the corner – now less than 2 weeks away! It promises to be a riveting lineup of talks, breakout sessions, posters, and more. We look forward to seeing many of you in Bethesda and hope that others can join us remotely as well.

As always, if you have any news or announcements for a future ESIP update, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Megan Carter Orlando
Community Director
Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Wednesday: IM Code Registry
  • Thursday: Community Resilience, Citation Guidelines

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

Federation News 

Welcome to New ESIP Members
Seven new members have joined ESIP since July. See who they are below and learn more here. If your organization is not yet a member of ESIP, explore how to join and the benefits of doing so here.

  • AuScope Limited
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Montana State University, Department of Earth Sciences
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • OpenTopography
  • University of Nevada Reno Cyberinfrastructure

Welcome to the 2019 Class of ESIP Community Fellows
The recent call for ESIP Community Fellows attracted a number of very impressive applicants. Ultimately, we welcomed 10 new fellows for 2019, including two returning fellows. The new fellows have already assumed their roles of providing support for and participating in various ESIP collaboration areas, as listed below. You can learn more about the new fellows here and meet them in-person at the Winter Meeting this month.

  • Rose Borden | Information Quality | Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Patrick Chandler | CLEAN Network | Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
  • Eleanor Davis | Ag & Climate | Univ. of South Carolina
  • Alexis Garretson | Data Stewardship Committee/Software Citation | Brigham Young Univ.
  • Daven Quinn | Science Software/IT&I Committee | Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Yuhan Rao | Machine Learning | Univ. of Maryland
  • Zachary Robbins | Semantic Technologies | North Carolina State Univ.
  • Ben Roberts-Pierel | ESIP Lab | Oregon State Univ.
  • Katy Rico | Education Committee | Univ. of Michigan
  • Connor Scully-Allison | Envirosensing | Univ. of Nevada, Reno

New ESIP Clusters
Several new ESIP Clusters have been formed recently and hit the ground running so-to-speak, including Citation Guidelines, Community Resilience, Machine Learning, and Marine Data. Each of these groups will host a breakout session at the upcoming ESIP Winter Meeting to involve the broader community in shaping future directions. Learn more about all ESIP Clusters and find out how to join at

ESIP Member Highlight: Element 84
Element 84, Inc., which has been an ESIP member since 2014, is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) that designs and develops scalable software solutions. Their capabilities include agile software development, large-scale cloud systems, data analytics, and UI/UX design. Element 84 is currently working with NASA to build Cumulus, a solution that will eventually store a majority of NASA’s remote sensing archive and will create the foundation for more efficient research and analysis using Earth science data. Learn more about Element 84, including why they participate in ESIP, here. Would you like ESIP to feature your organization in a future ESIP Member Highlight? Contact

Around the Federation

Test Out NOAA OneStop 2.0 Website
In an effort to continue to improve the user experience of NOAA OneStop, NOAA is conducting another round of user testing for the 2.0 version of the OneStop site. Click here to sign-up to participate in the study.

Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative
The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, a collaboration between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon Sustainability, was established to “give anyone working on sustainability issues both knowledge of how to use the cloud and access to datasets that can be combined to offer new insights and drive new solutions.” The Initiative makes weather forecast models, satellite imagery, air quality measurements, and other public datasets more accessible in the cloud, and provides tools for analysis. Check out this blog to see how the Initiative has already enabled exciting new insights.

Amazon Earth Observation Cloud Credits Program Launched
A new collaboration between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will now allow eligible organizations from developing countries to apply for AWS cloud credits and additional support to host, process, and analyze Earth data needed to promote sustainable development. To learn more, see here.

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