The ESIP community is gathering in Durham, N.C. July 19-22, 2016 for their annual summer meeting. The focus of this year's meeting is Frontiers in Earth Sciences Big Data, which was chosen by the community to promote dialogue about the many facets of big data and how they pertain to the Earth and space sciences.

Those unable to attend the meeting in person can take advantage of free remote access to the breakout sessions and plenary talks. To join any of the breakout sessions, visit the meeting schedule to find the remote participation connection links and phone numbers, which are listed at the bottom of each session description. Remember that the remote participation links and phone numbers are unique for each session.

Remote participants can also watch the following plenary sessions and main events; click the links below for the livestream or the GoTo Meeting access information.

Meeting Welcome and Overview: Tuesday, July 19 from 8:00-9:00a.m. EST
Are you new to ESIP or in need of a refresher on the terms used by the community? (What is a Type I, anyway?) Join us for a brief overview of ESIP, and a review of the meeting highlights.

Plenary Session: The Value of Big Data: Wednesday, July 20 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. EST (access via GoTo Meeting)
The era of big data in the Earth sciences is upon us. The terabytes of data now collected by Earth observing technologies present unique opportunities and challenges for data storage, management and access technologies. Plenary speakers will address how to improve the use of Earth and space sciences big data.

8:00 a.m. Welcome from ESIP President Emily Law
8:30 a.m. Amanda Weigel, Raskin Scholar
9:00 a.m. Plenary talks. Speakers:

Jonathan Marino, Founding Director, MapStory Foundation
Ellen Prager, Marine Scientist, Earth2Ocean, Inc.
Benjamin L. Preston, Senior Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

How-to Plenary Talks: Wednesday, July 20 from 11:00-12:30 p.m. EST (access via GoTo Meeting)
This is a series of nine short how-to talks by community members who will show how they use, manage or visualize Earth sciences data. See the list of lightning talk presenters.

State of the ESIP Federation: Thursday, July 21 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST
ESIP President Emily Law will review community highlights and achievements from the past six months.

You can also keep up with meeting activities and conversations on social media by following @ESIPfed on Twitter and @Federation-of-Earth-Science-Information-Partners-ESIP on Facebook. Whether you're joining the meeting in person or remote, we encourage you to share your meeting experience on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #ESIPfed.