ESIP Collaboration Areas

ESIP supports virtual and in-person collaborations for cross-domain data professionals on common data challenges and opportunities. Alongside our partner organizations, we create space for Earth science data professionals to connect.

ESIP Collaboration Areas are made up of administrative committees and small working groups that we call clusters. They gather for monthly calls called telecons, present at ESIP Meetings, and initiate ESIP Lab pilot projects. Anyone is welcome to join in and get involved in our 30+ ESIP Collaboration Areas.

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Agriculture & Climate

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Fostering understanding of the value of applying ag-related data to the impacts of, and mitigation efforts for, climate change, as well as the the systems and services used to develop and manage the data.

Air Quality

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Building connections between scientists and technologists to advance the field of air quality.

Biological Data Standards

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Maximizing data relevance and utility for understanding changes in biodiversity over time.

Cloud Computing

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Helping organizations tackle challenges related to the volume, variety, and velocity of data through cloud-based architectures, technologies, and software.

Community Resilience

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Enhancing community resilience through culturally meaningful improvements to data accessibility and informatics tools.

Coalition on Publishing Data (COPDESS)

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Connecting Earth and space science publishers and data facilities to help translate the aspirations of open, available, and useful data from policy into practice.


Community Ontology Repository (COR)

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Supporting the maintenance of COR, a simple repository for Earth science community members to try out semantic technologies, understand their benefits. and explore applications.

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Council of Data Facilities (CDF)

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Federation of geoscience data facilities sharing experiences, discussing common concerns, and collaborating on data infrastructure for Earth system science.

Data Management Training Clearinghouse

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Building a registry for online learning resources about research data management (developed in collaboration with ESIP, now supported with other funding).

Data Readiness

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Discussing advancements, defining recommendations, and developing tools for open environmental data for artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

Data Stewardship Committee

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Developing and fostering practices and standards in the field of Earth science informatics.

Disaster Lifecycle

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Facilitating connections among data providers, managers and developers of disaster response systems and tools, and end-user communities.


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Exploring usage-based discovery, including relationships between datasets and types of usage, from publications to applications to policy-making.


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Furthering the development and use of drones as as tools for Earth science applications and research and as instruments with unique data management and standardization challenges.

Education Committee

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Promoting the development and dissemination of Earth science educational products, information, and tools to a broad user community including educators and learners at all levels in both formal and informal settings.

Enviro Sensing

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Sharing and developing best practices for real-time sensor network data quality and deployment strategies.


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Providing a forum for the Australasian Earth & environmental science data and informatics community to collaborate on challenges and solutions in eResearch infrastructures, including practices, standards and emerging technologies

Finance Committee

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Considering all ESIP financial matters in accordance with ESIP Policies and Procedures.

Governance Committee

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Considering all amendments to ESIP's Policies and Procedures, as well as acting as a resource for questions from community participants.

Information Management Code Registry

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Building a comprehensive registry of information management software for environmental scientists, and providing a community forum to explore the development of new software ideas.

Information Quality

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Providing authoritative information and guidance to data providers on how best to implement data quality standards.

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IT&I Committee

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Ensuring that Earth science data, information and services can be readily exchanged and integrated and encouraging the use of best information technology practices.

Machine Learning

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Sharing experiences and resources on machine learning and its applications in the Earth and space sciences, and developing training materials to share with the broader ESIP Community.

Marine Data

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Exploring critical topic areas in informatics such as data management, interoperability, data analytics, data quality, and cloud computing, specifically related to the marine environment.

Meetings Committee

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Overseeing ESIP's twice annual meetings and responding to attendee feedback.

Nominating Committee

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Soliciting and accepting nominations for all elective offices and ensuring that there are candidates for each elective office at the time of elections.

Open Science

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Gathering and sharing knowledge with the aim of increasing awareness and adoption of open science.

Operational Ethics

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Developing guidance and examples that connect the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) to the practice of doing data science.

Partnership Committee

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Considering new organizational partnership applications and forwarding accepted applications to the partner assembly for comment.

Physical Sample Curation

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Enhancing discoverability, access, and use of physical sample collections.

Public-Private Partnerships

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Sharing experiences around and developing best practices on the development and maintenance of effective public-private partnerships.

Research Artifact Citation

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Discussing and developing guidelines for citing research objects, including data, software and services, and much more.

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Supporting improved search and discovery of scientific resources by developing best practices for publishing and harvesting structured data on the web based around the core vocabulary.

Semantic Harmonization

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Disseminating best practices for harmonizing semantic resources, focusing on harmonizing the SWEET ontology with other commonly used ontologies, such as ENVO.

Semantic Technologies Committee

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Promoting research and development of semantic technologies in support of Earth science data discovery, dissemination, and analysis.

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Soil Ontology and Informatics

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Connecting the soils research community and those whose research incorporates soils data to informatics tools for better research.

Sustainable Data Management

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Investigating pathways for sustainable increased collaboration and coordination in the area of environmental data management that will benefit both research networks and also individual investigators.


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Defining the future as we open the doors to open wildfire science and proactive solutions in wildfire management.

Do you see an opportunity for a new ESIP Cluster?

Would your project benefit from accessing the ESIP framework for collaboration? Contact to discuss whether your topic of interest would fit in with existing ESIP Collaboration Areas or if you should propose a new group. 

How Clusters Work

Check out How to Cluster: A guide for cluster leaders, those who are considering starting a cluster, and those who are just curious about how clusters work!

Inactive Collaboration Areas

After achieving their initial goals, these ESIP Collaboration Areas have gone into hiatus – a period of low activity. You will still likely find sessions covering these topics at the twice annual ESIP Meetings. If you would like to discuss re-activating any of the groups below, please contact