ESIP Update: Winter Meeting, Peer Recognition Awards, Data FAIR at AGU, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.29.18

Hello ESIP Community,
This week’s update has a central theme: invitation.
You are invited to the ESIP Winter Meeting, a key opportunity to network, learn, share, and prepare for your science work in 2019. You are invited to convene a session there: foster discussion around your research question, showcase technology lessons learned, work on a problem with the diverse cross-organization participants, do a hackathon – engage your community and move earth science forward.
You are invited to honor good work of colleagues through the ESIP award process. Honoring a colleague builds the reputation of science workers and the reputation of our field as well. And nominating yourself is not out of bounds either.
As we look towards 2019, you are also invited to serve. There are many ways to lead and grow through ESIP. Our elected volunteers contribute thought-leadership, visioning, and stewardship of ESIP now and for the future. 
This time of year sees projects, business, school, and life events in full swing – but the Future You will be happy that the Past You said “yes” to an ESIP invitation.
Looking forward to seeing all you do! Always feel free to send feedback, ideas, or questions to me directly at
Christine E. White, ESIP President 2018

  This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:

  • Tuesday: CLEAN Network
  • Wednesday: Visioneers
  • Thursday: Disaster Lifecycle

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

Federation News 

Register for the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting & Submit Sessions!
Registration is open for the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting. Details are here. Please submit your session proposals – we especially welcome sessions related to our 2019 theme: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and InformationLearn more.

Data FAIR at 2018 AGU Fall Meeting
The Data FAIR at AGU Fall Meeting provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain and learn about skills and techniques that will help further your research and make your data and software open and FAIR. The Data FAIR activities include Town Halls, Workshops at the AGU Booth, and a Data Reference Desk hosted by the ESIP and staffed with experts from the Earth and space science informatics community to answer your data questions and demo tools and platforms. Learn more and view the full schedule here. Better yet, sign up for a time slot at the Data Help Desk to answer data-related questions or to demo your tool or platform! Contact with questions.

EnviroSensing Cluster to Present in Monthly Tech Talk Series
Join the EnviroSensing Cluster as they present an invited webinar in the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Monthly Tech Talk Series on November 1st at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT. The webinar, entitled ‘Cart Before the Horse: System QA and Data QC Practices for Sensor Networks,’ will feature several short talks by EnviroSensing Cluster participants. View more details and register to participate here.

Information Management Code Registry (IMCR) Cluster to Host Virtual Hackathon
The IMCR Cluster will host a virtual hackathon on Wednesday November 14th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm ET to continue development of three R packages:

  • ingestr – For reading standard format data from sensors, data loggers, html, pdf, etc.
  • qaqcr – To perform quality assurance and quality control measures on of various data types.
  • taxonomyCleanr – For fixing common taxonomic data issues.

Learn more and find out how to join here.

Nominations Open for Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award  
This award is named for Martha E. Maiden, NASA Program Executive for Earth Data Systems. Ms. Maiden is widely credited for nurturing the ESIP Federation in its infancy and has overseen its growth and maturity. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication, and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information over the lifetime of their career. All details can be found on the website here. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me or Christine White, ESIP President, president at

Nominations Open for ESIP Partner of the Year Award
The Partner of the Year Award is intended to honor an ESIP member organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for member organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #3 (Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications). Learn more and nominate a member organization.

Nominations Open for 2019 ESIP Leadership Positions
Nominations for 2019 ESIP leadership positions are now OPEN! If you are interested in serving or nominating someone, please email the committee at The nominations committee will reach out to those that have been nominated to confirm the nomination and explain next steps in the process. To see positions that are accepting nominations, please see here. Elected leaders receive travel support.

Around the Federation

UW Freshwater Initiative Invites Participants for WaterHackWeek 2019
The UW Freshwater Initiative is pleased to invite you to participate in the inaugural WaterHackWeek, hosted at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute, March 25-29, 2019.  Participants will learn about open source technology, models, and data for conducting state-of-the-art freshwater research. Following other successful hackweek models, mornings will consist of interactive lectures, and afternoon sessions will involve facilitated exploration of datasets and hands-on software development. What to expect from WaterHackWeek 2019:

  • Peer-learning collaborations
  • New skills and tools, including the latest technology and software
  • Personalized mentorship from professional data scientists
  • Interdisciplinary applications of data tools
  • Access to an interactive library of custom tutorials
  • Dedicated time and space to explore new ideas

In preparation for WaterHackWeek 2019, eScience Institute is also offering a 2-day Software Carpentry Workshop, February 7-8, 2019. For more information about the Software Carpentry Workshop, please visit:

For more information about WaterHackWeek, visit Limited travel support for attendees is available. Please contact with any questions. Please apply by Monday, November 26, 2018.

NSF Workshop on Conceptualizing a National Geospatial Software Institute
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a project ( to conceptualize a national Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure for serving diverse research and education communities. To forward the strong momentum gained from two successful workshops, the third workshop will take place in the Washington DC area (January 27-29, 2019). Submit a position paper by October 31st, 2018. If your position paper is selected, you will receive travel support to attend the workshop.

Workshop: The Nexus of Climate Data, Insurance, and Adaptive Capacity (Nov 8-9, 2018)
This workshop, organized by the Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, Reinsurance Association of America, RENCI, and Wake Forest University, will facilitate a national, interdisciplinary scientific research discussion on modeling and managing climate change risks between three different but related research communities: the climate modeling and data community, statisticians, and researchers within the insurance and reinsurance industries. This workshop will be aimed at active scientific researchers in each community, with the goals of: sharing perspectives, methods, and databases; defining gaps of existing research; and forming actionable research paths which can only be addressed by teams which are new, collaborative and interdisciplinary. Learn more.

FY19 USGS Community for Data Integration Request for Proposals Released
Core Science Systems and Office of Enterprise Information leadership is excited to announce the FY19 USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) Request for Proposals. 

All interested scientists and staff are urged to consider participating in this opportunity to engage with a dynamic team that spans all mission areas and regions.  With more than 900 members, a major program goal is to support the advancement of USGS science through technical innovation and data integration. This year, we are encouraging proposals that produce building blocks for an Integrated Predictive Science Capacity with the following themes:

  • Producing FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data and tools for Integrated Predictive Science Capacity (see the Enabling FAIR Data site)
  • Reusing or repurposing modular tools such as those that were developed by previous CDI projects, including the CDI Risk Map,
  • Building authoritative national datasets for hazards or assets (integrating data and assessing quality),
  • Tools and methods for biosurveillance of emerging invasive species and health threats.

Two-page statements of interest are invited for submission and are due by Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5 pm ET.  See the proposal website for more details, or email

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





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