Note: Pre-meeting workshops start on Monday, July 24. Details can be found in Sched.

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2017 theme is Strengthening Ties Between Observations and User Communities. The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 – 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for the Federation’s activities over the next three years. The 2017 theme will be woven into meeting sessions, collaboration-area activities and community outreach, with the goal of improving dialog between Earth sciences data producers, distributors and end-users.

ESIP meetings are interdisciplinary and inclusive. They are a member-led mix of plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities that encourage discussion about emerging and persistent topics in Earth science data, provide exposure to new technologies and emerging concepts, and facilitate relationships with colleagues from across institutions and disciplines.

We have adopted Sched to share our meeting schedule. Sched allows you to sign up for sessions ahead of time, show you who else is coming and will send email reminders every morning of the meeting with a list of things you signed up for. To start using the online scheduling app, go to this URL:

The 2017 Summer Meeting is at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.


A few small blocks of rooms have been held at a group rate of $104, within GSA per diem rates for Bloomington. The blocks will be held until July 7, 2017 or they are filled, whichever comes first.

Transportation to IU

Ride Sharing:
Airport Shuttles:

Meeting Location

The ESIP Summer Meeting will be held in the Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, Indiana. To find registration, follow directions to Indiana Memorial Union Circle Drive.

When you arrive, enter through the main lobby of the Biddle Hotel & Conference center, which is attached to the Union Building. Once in the lobby, use the stairs/escalator to go to the second floor where you will find meeting registration and all breakout rooms.

Pre-ESIP Meetings & ESIP Workshops:

DataONE Users Group Meeting

Monday & Tuesday, Indiana Memorial Union

The 2017 DataONE Users Group Meeting will be held July 24-25th featuring plenary presentations, topical breakout sessions and community led discussions. There is no cost for meeting registration but it is separate from ESIP Registration. More information HERE.

Annual gathering of the LTER Information Managers

Monday, Indiana Memorial Union

The LTER Network of 28 research sites maintains its cohesion in information management practice and technology through the ongoing communication and collaboration among all the sites' information managers via monthly online sessions and an annual in person gathering. Part seminar, part town hall, part hack-a-thon and even part group therapy, these annual meetings have prompted professional growth and a chance to give back to the community that has fostered our own initiation to this profession. Most of these sessions will be open to interested outsiders, with the single exception of our governance discussion and elections.. More information HERE.

sUAS Data Management ESIP Workshop

HDF ESIP Workshop (Day 1)

Goings On:

Monday Night Bowling!

Monday, 7-9pm @ Memorial Union Bowling 

Anyone in town for the ESIP Summer Meeting or DataONE is welcome to join us for an evening of bowling. Lanes and shoes are on us… just bring your A-game! Sign-up on Sched to let us know you are coming.

Research as Art

Wednesday, 7-9pm @ the WonderLab (308 W. 4th St., Bloomington)

This is a gallery-style event that uses visual media to show how the ESIP community uses data.The goal of Research as Art is to show how the ESIP community uses data, and the diversity of the work done by our members. We’ll display a range of entries that show the diversity of research done by members of our community, as well as their creativity and the impact of their work, in an engaging and accessible way. Drinks and snacks will be offered; your name tag includes a ticket good for one drink of your choice. Please note that this event replaces the traditional Wednesday evening poster session.

Call for sessions is open through July 3! Details here.  Meeting attendees are invited to submit one piece of visual media depicting their work—figures, videos, computer models, sculptures and more. The event will allow the ESIP community and members of the general public to learn about ESIP work in an engaging and easily accessible way.

FUNding Friday Draw-a-thon (poster making session)

Thursday, 7-10pm @ Tap Bar, 101 N. College Ave., Bloomington

Join us at The Tap, a collaborative, creative poster-making session that will help you prepare for FUNding Friday. Please plan to attend if you’re going to pursue a FUNDing Friday grant, we’ll have poster-making supplies on hand. This event is also for those looking to brainstorm a FUNding Friday project and people who wish to find project collaborators, but anyone is welcome to attend. 

FUNding Friday

Friday, 8:30-9am @ Frangipani, Indiana Memorial Union

ESIP provides small grants to members and students to allow them to test new technologies and innovative ideas. We recognize that innovation requires a willingness to take risks; these grants give the community the freedom to be inventive and apply creative approaches to challenging problems. During this event, members and students are invited to pitch a project to meeting attendees via a poster and brief talk. Several grants of $5,000 are given to ESIP members and several grants of $3,000 are given to students whose projects are selected by attendees for funding. Awardees are expected to present the results of their project at a future meeting. Complete rules are here. 

Speaker | Moderator Information
  • All rooms will have a macbook at the podeum. Speakers should have their slides loaded on a USB device to plug-in to those laptops.
  • The projection in all rooms is 16:9.
  • All rooms have in-room speaker systems, i.e. your video clips can have sound.
  • If you have a remote presenter/participant, all remote-participation information is posted per-session in Sched.
  • After your presentation, upload your session content (PPTs, Session Notes, etc.) directly to Figshare – here are the instructions.

Thanks to our Member & Meeting Sponsors!

ESIP meetings are a truly collaborative effort. Our thanks to those who volunteered to lead sessions, present posters and contribute content to individual sessions. We extend a sincere thank you to the ESIP Visioneers, led by Steve Diggs and Denise Hills, who honed the annual theme, helped identify plenary speakers and ensured that ESIP continues to innovate at each of our meetings.

Sponsoring Members

ESIP gratefully acknowledges the funding it receives from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS which support the work of the ESIP community and makes our meetings possible.