ESIP Update: WM20 Session Proposal Deadline Extended, Data to Action Webinar, and moreLots going on around ESIP this week. 

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ESIP UPDATE: 10.21.2019

Good Morning, ESIP,

The deadline to propose a session for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting has been extended to this Friday (10/25). It's not too late to add your session to an already great lineup of proposed breakout sessions!

As we look forward to the Winter Meeting, now just 79 days away, we would also like to bring to your attention the side events that will take place – the GeoSemantics Symposium hosted by ESIP's Semantic Technologies Committee (1/6) and the ESIP and OGC API – Coverage Analytics Sprint (1/6 and 1/7). Register now to join us in Bethesda!

This week, on Friday 10/25, please consider joining us for the next ‘Data to Action' Webinar, to be given by Dr. Carol Song. The webinar will feature “An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework (GeoEDF) for FAIR Science.”

Also this week Erin Robinson (ESIP Executive Director) and other ESIP community members are at the Research Data Alliance's 14th Plenary, where the theme is ‘Data Makes the Difference.' The meeting program features many breakout sessions that allow remote participation. If you wish to check them out, see here.

The deadline to nominate someone (or yourself) for an ESIP Leadership position has been extended to 10/29. We are also still seeking nominations for the Martha Maiden Award and the Partner of the Year Award.

Finally, at the bottom of this email you'll find a very exciting SAVE THE DATE for the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting in lovely Burlington, VT (7/7-7/10)!

Have a great week, everyone,


2020 ESIP Winter Meeting | Jan. 7-9, 2020 in Bethesda, MD
Call for Sessions & Registration NOW OPEN!
Learn more at:

Data to Action Webinar Series
What: An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework (GeoEDF) for FAIR Science
 Dr. Carol Song, Senior Research Scientist, Purdue University
When: Friday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 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: CLEAN
  • Tuesday: Information Quality; Semantic Technologies
  • Thursday: Marine Data;

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

ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting News

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Registration OPEN!
Registration is now open for the 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting. Register now through early December to take advantage of early-bird registration rates!

2020 ESIP Winter Meeting: Call for Sessions EXTENDED to 10/25!
The session proposal portal for the 2020 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Winter Meeting (Jan. 7-9, 2020) will remain open for one more week until 10/25! For 20+ years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. We especially welcome session proposals related to our 2020 theme: Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data. Learn more and submit a proposal by 10/25 here.

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: GeoSemantics Symposium
The ESIP Semantic Technologies Committee is pleased to announce that they will host a full-day GeoSemantics Symposium on the day before the ESIP Winter Meeting (January 6th, 2020). The symposium theme is Putting Data to Work: connecting science domain experts with ESIP data semantics and machine learning technologists. The morning will feature presentations from invited science domain experts where technologists can listen to and learn about current, pressing science needs. The afternoon will follow a ‘vote with your feet’ format where breakout sessions will enable in-depth conversation, brainstorming and project planning focused on how parties can work together in the future. This format departs from previous events in line with feedback indicating an interest in ‘real life’ problems for attendees to consider. You can register for the event through the same registration form as you use for the full ESIP Meeting (more info here). More information about the symposium will be made available here as it becomes available.

ESIP Winter Meeting Side Event: ESIP and OGC API – Coverage Analytics Sprint
ESIP and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) are convening an agile development sprint to advance APIs for analytics on coverages, arrays, and gridded data beginning the day before the ESIP Winter Meeting (1/6) and continuing on 1/7. This will be a key event in the development of OGC APIs for geospatial resources and building blocks for community APIs. A previous OGC API Hackathon in June 2019 advanced common elements across OGC APIs for Features, Coverages, Map Tiles, Processing and Catalogs. The next sprints are advancing specific elements of the individual APIs. You may opt to register for this event using the same registration form as is used for the ESIP Winter Meeting linked here. A limited amount of travel support is available. Please complete this form if you would like to be considered for this support.

More ESIP News 

Nominate Yourself or Others for ESIP's 2020 Leadership (DEADLINE EXTENDED to 10/29)
The ESIP Nominations Committee is still looking for additional nominations for ESIP's elected leadership offices for 2020, with a finalized ballot planned no later than October 31, 2019. The nominations and ballot can be seen here. If you would like to nominate someone for a position (or self-nominate), please send your nomination to as soon as possible. Nominations should provide a bio and statement of interest for the position that includes why the nominee is interested in being part of ESIP’s Leadership. 

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions. Read position descriptions by clicking on position names here. Terms are one year with the option to run for a second term:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Governance Committee Chair
  • Finance and Appropriations Committee Chair
  • Partnership Committee Chair
  • Data Stewardship Committee Chair
  • Education Committee Chair
  • Information Technology & Interoperability Committee Chair
  • Semantic Technologies Committee Chair
  • Three year representative to Foundation Board (1)

Nominate an Individual for the Martha Maiden Award
In honor of Martha E. Maiden’s leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to nurture the ESIP Federation into a vibrant and mature organization, the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Earth Science Information Community award was established in 2009 to recognize outstanding service to the Earth Science information community. This award, which is given annually at the ESIP Winter Meeting, honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and a collaborative spirit in advancing the field of Earth Science information. Learn more, view past recipients, and nominate a person by 10/31 here.

Nominate an Organization for ESIP Partner of the Year
The Partner of the Year Award honors an ESIP Partner Organization that exemplifies the spirit of ESIP in one or more areas. This year we are looking for partner organizations that have supported ESIP’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Goal #4 (Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information). *NEW THIS YEAR*: the award now comes with 2 free ESIP Meeting registrations. Learn more and nominate your own organization or another one by 10/31 here.

This FRIDAY: ‘Data to Action' Webinar: An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework (GeoEDF) for FAIR Science
GeoEDF, an extensible geospatial data framework, aims to lessen and possibly remove such barriers by creating seamless connections among platforms, data and tools, making large scientific and social geospatial datasets directly usable in scientific models and tools. GeoEDF is designed to abstract away the complexity of acquiring and utilizing data from diverse data providers. Extensible data connectors will implement common data query and access a variety of protocols supporting both static and streaming data. Extensible data processors will implement common and domain-specific geospatial data processing such as resampling, format conversion, or a scientific simulation model. A plug-and-play workflow composer will allow users to string together data connectors and processors into reproducible workflows that can be executed in heterogeneous environments. Automated metadata extraction and annotation will be integrated into such workflows, supporting FAIR science through ease of data discovery and reproduction. By bringing data to the science, GeoEDF will accelerate data-driven discovery. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, including its objectives, system design, scientific use cases, and anticipated outcomes. Read the full abstract here.

Who: Dr. Carol Song, Senior Research Scientist, Purdue University
When: Friday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Dial in by phone: +1 (646) 749-3117 (Access Code: 292-855-413)
More Info & Past Webinars:

Machine Learning Cluster Releases 1st Quarterly Newsletter!
ESIP's Machine Learning Cluster has started a quarterly newsletter series to engage with the broader ESIP Community on machine learning related activities happening within and beyond ESIP. Check out the first issue here.

News from Around the Community

Location Powers: Data Science Summit (11/13-11/14, Google Crittenden Campus, Mountain View, CA)
The Location Powers: Data Science summit will convene experts on data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, remote sensing and GIS to provide a technology basis. Participation by leaders in social sciences, business development and government policy will lead to recommendations that have meaningful outcomes from the geospatial data science developments. Learn more and register to attend here.

Global Learning & Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Data Fundamentals (10/31 at 1 pm ET)
A one-hour virtual training to be held on 10/31 at 1 pm ET will teach research scientists about GLOBE data and how to access it. The GLOBE Program is an international, NASA-sponsored program with more than 150 million Earth observations contributed by 35,000 schools and 150,000 citizen scientists in 120 countries. The virtual training includes demonstrations of GLOBE’s free online data access and visualization tools. Training is 60 minutes. No prior knowledge or experience with GLOBE required. Find more info and register here:

International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) Founders Scholarship
The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) invites you to submit nominations for the Founders Scholarship. The Founders Scholarship is a new IAMG award. It includes a certificate and a check of 4000 US dollars. The IAMG Bylaws state that, “The Founders Scholarship shall be presented annually to an outstanding student or post-graduate scientist.” However, to avoid overlap with the Vistelius award, preference will be given (in its first year) to an outstanding undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student. For details about prerequisites for nominations, please see the IAMG web site and click on Awards&Honors. Nominations are due by 10/31.

Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum
You are invited to attend the Esri Ocean and Atmospheric GIS Forum (Nov. 5-7, 2019) at the Esri Conference Center in Redlands, CA. There a growing community of atmospheric and ocean professionals will gather to share advances in data collection, analysis, and our understanding of MetOcean interactions. Discuss how multidimensional data and web apps can put scientific information to work in your organization. Consider the potential of sharing knowledge across these disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Be a part of this growing community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean and atmospheric analytics and applications. Learn more and register to attend here.

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