Winter Meeting Recap EditionGreat Meeting Everyone! 

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We hope you all got home safey! 
When we got to Bethesda, it was 8 degrees (with the windchill) and when we left, it was 60 degrees and foggy. DCA was a mess on Friday.  
The meeting was as active and engaging as ESIP meetings get, with great plenary speakers and lively breakouts! There is a Flickr group you can join to share your photos.
To see a list of everyone at the meeting go to this LINK on Sched.

Congrats to Barbara Ryan for her Martha Maiden Award!  And to Mike Daniels (President's Award) and Danie Kinkade and Sophie Hou (Catalyst Award)!

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

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ESIP Celebrates its 20th Year of Making Data Matter!

Federation News  

  • Barbara Ryan selected for the Martha Maiden Award
  • Winter Meeting videos available online
  • Wednesday Science Software telecon with Doug Walker

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

Telecons Scheduled 

  • Tuesday: CLEAN, Education, Science Communication
  • Wednesday: Science Software, VR/AR
  • Thursday: Data Analytics, DRONES

Telecon highlights: Invited speaker at Science Software Cluster. NOTE: some clusters will be skipping their regular times, having met last week.
See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description. 

Federation News

Barbara Ryan selected for the Martha Maiden Award
Many ESIP Congrats to Barbara Ryan, who was awarded the Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement Award!
Barbara J. Ryan, is the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. GEO is comprised of 104 Member States, the European Commission, and 118 international scientific and technical partner organizations. MORE

Winter Meeting Recordings are Online
The link to all of the ESIP 2018 Winter Meeting plenary and breakout session recordings is here:
To find a recording for a specific session, you will need to know which day it was held, and in what room. This, along with the session description and speaker/presenter info, can all be found here:
Note that multiple sessions may be recorded in one file, so you may have to fast-forward through to find the start of your desired session. 

Wednesday Science Software telecon with Doug Walker
Wednesday, Jan. 17 12pm EST GOTO LINK
Abstract:  The StraboSpot Project is an initiative by field and laboratory geologists to develop data management and sharing for field data and derived laboratory measurements.  The project involves extensive community outreach in early phases to develop methods and interfaces appropriate to and in concert with scientific workflows and domain specific languages (in a geologic sense).  We have completed work with structural geologists and are in the early phases of working with petrologists and sedimentologists.  The data collection is done on mobile devices, using a hybrid development environment, and on a web application leveraging that code.  We use a backend graph database system because of its flexibility to expand to user needs and performance for exploring related observations that span many spatial levels.  The presentation is designed to give an appreciation for the system, the domain development strategy, and to invite participation in the project and interactions with the system.

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. 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
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.


NOTE: Job Opportunities (including internships) 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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