Winter Meeting Edition! Welcome to Bethesda! We have lot's to talk about!

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Welcome to Bethesda! 
Winter sure started with a bang! We hope everyone got here OK!  For those of you still stuck in SFO (for example), the plenaries will be livecasted! 

This meeting we are all-in on our on-line scheduling app. So grab this URL and hop on:

We have a great line-up of plenary speakers and a broad selection of breakouts! So grab your coffee and let's go!

In 2018, ESIP celebrates twenty years of “Making Data Matter”! In this year, we hope to grow our grasp of the “ESIP way” so that we can become better at spinning up (and spinning down) clusters and continue to challenge ourselves to run the best Earth science data meetings on the planet. 
Bruce and the ESIP staff

P.S. Keep up on all the action on Slack! If you are not already on the ESIP Slack team: here is your INVITATION.  If you are on Slack, are you using the Slack App? It's a much better GUI. Grab it HERE

Below: Welcome to Winter!

Federation News  

  • ESIP 2018 Winter Meeting
  • 2018 ESIP Geosemantics Symposium

Around the Federation

  • 2018 Synthesis Webinar Series: LTER
  • Call for White Papers: Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science
  • CDI: Request for Proposals and Using GSTalk

Telecons Scheduled 

  • ESIP MEETING… no telecons

Telecon highlights: You can join ESIP breakouts remotely: check out the LINKS on Sched <>.
See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description. 

Federation News

ESIP 2018 Winter Meeting: Welcome!
Glad you are here! Our theme for 2018 is Data for our Changing Earth: Realizing the socioeconomic value of Earth science data.

 2018 ESIP Geosemantics Symposium
The ESIP Semantic Technology Committee is please to invite you to the 2018 Geosemantics Symposium, to be held in conjunction with the 2018 ESIP Winter Meeting. The Geosemantics Symposium will be held on January 8, 2018 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda Maryland. The theme for this year's Symposium is “Practical Applications of Ontologies and Semantic Technologies”. The morning session will feature presentations on real life applications that leverage semantics to make data and information FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). The afternoon session will feature hands-on workshops and tutorials on how to implement and use semantic tools and techniques, and how to work with ontologies to achieve FAIR objectives. The agenda is still under development, but you can track it as it develops here.

Around the Federation

2018 Synthesis Webinar Series
The LTER Network Communications Office is pleased to announce a new webinar series hosted by the NCO and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). This series highlights the progress of the LTER synthesis working groups ( The webinars will cover the latest ideas emerging from LTER synthesis research, as well as insights on the process. In the lead-off webinar on January 11th, Dr. Steph Hampton will present and discuss what is being learned about the science of team science, drawing on experiences from several synthesis centers. Please join us for one seminar or the whole series. All webinars are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 11 am Pacific Standard Time.

Call for White Papers: Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science
NASA has requested the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to investigate and recommend best practices as the Science Mission Directorate considers whether to establish an open code policy, complementary to its current open data policy. The committee appointed by the Academies to carry out this study is now soliciting community input in the form of white papers. Full details of the committee’s membership and schedule of activities, as well as the statement of task for this study and detailed instruction for drafting and submitting a white paper, are available on the study webpage
The specific goal of this call for white papers is to hear broadly from the community on any issues, situations, or points of view relevant to the topic, to ensure consideration of the full set of possible consequences of any new NASA open source policy. For the purpose of this call, “open code” and “open source” refer to computer program source codes released publicly under an open source license, as defined by the Open Source Initiative

To be considered at the committee’s next meeting, white paper submissions are due no later than January 12, 2018. The committee strongly encourages authors to submit white papers by this deadline, but papers will continue to be received until midnight on January 31, 2018.
Questions about the project or white paper submissions may be directed to the project staff at:

CDI: Request for Proposals and Using GSTalk
The FY18 CDI Request for Proposals was announced last month. 
The CDI RFP process is a great way to share your data-integration project ideas with the community and make them happen. Not just another RFP, the entire CDI community is able to comment, suggest, and connect over the submitted statements of interest. I hope you will participate in this collaborative process, and make new connections with your peers!
The deadline for the Statements of Interest is February 1, 2018. 
On January 16 there will be an Information Session for the CDI Request for Proposals process, detailing this year’s focus and the submission process.

2. On January 10th, we’ll hold our first Monthly Meeting using the GSTalk Platform instead of WebEx. 
The main presentation topics on January 10, 2018 are “How FOIA impacts Data” (Brian May, USGS) and “The CDI Request for Proposals: Past, Present, and Future” (Leslie Hsu, USGS). We will be using GSTalk, the new presentation platform, for this call, since WebEx is no longer available.
Please try to give a little extra time to connect to the GSTalk link that will come out with the meeting reminder. The dial-in phone number will remain the same!

NOTE: Job Opportunities are now listed on the ESIP Job-Opportunities Slack Channel <>.  You can post and find jobs there. If you are not yet on the ESIP Slack team, use the invite (above) to join.

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