ESIP Webinars

Upcoming and past webinars are listed below. If you can't join us live, make sure to view recordings on the ESIP YouTube Channel. To see what's coming up in ESIP's IT&I Tech Dive Webinar Series, see here.

2020

Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data

ESIP's 2020 Webinar Series moves beyond data discovery to explore how the Earth science community is putting data to work, using and reusing data in new and creative applications, creating derived products and showcasing examples of data integration in order to enhance the resilience and enhance the socioeconomic value of data. In addition, playing on the double meaning of work, putting data to work will highlight public-private partnerships as we explore how data usage increases the value of Earth science research to other economic sectors.

This is a theme that resonates with many ESIP Collaboration Areas and Partners, so instead of having a separate webinar track for the theme, we are collaborating with these groups within normal monthly telecon schedules to build connections across the ESIP community. Exploring the challenges and opportunities of these examples, we hope to derive some patterns that we can all use as we continue making data matter.


Putting Spatial Data to Work for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Who: Estella Geraghty (Esri Chief Medical Officer)
When: Wednesday September 23rd, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Join: See the ESIP Telecon Calendar for Connection Info

The response to COVID-19 is providing significant insight into how to improve data, information products, and outcomes. With maps and spatial analysis, organizations are delivering deeper understanding of virus trends, increased awareness of impacted populations, insights about where resources are needed most, and transparent communications with community stakeholders and the public. Location intelligence helps communities ensure testing sites are accurately placed, personal protective equipment (PPE) inventories are tracked, communities adhere to social distancing guidance and surge management is optimized. From indoor space management to contact tracing and community resilience, Dr. Geraghty will highlight a range of applications and success stories from GIS users around the world who are putting spatial data to work to support their COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.


2020 ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights

When: Thursday August 13th, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
Learn More & View Recording: HERE

The 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar will provide an overview of plenary and breakout sessions from the ESIP Summer Meeting held online (July 14th-24th, 2020). Whether you weren't able to attend the meeting in person or you're looking to see what happened in concurrent breakout sessions, this webinar is a great way for you to learn about what happened at the meeting and how to get involved in next steps.


Usability: How Usability Techniques Can Support Your Scientific Communities

Who: Sophie Hou (Data & Usability Analyst, Apogee Engineering – Contractor to the USGS)
When:
Wednesday June 24th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
View Recording: HERE
View Slides: HERE

At the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), it is critical that our scientific research and products are provided in a useful way to our communities. The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) Usability Collaboration Area focuses on bringing the USGS community together to 1) discuss usability challenges when serving scientific data, and 2) identify strategies that can help improve data’s usability from an end-user perspective. As the current lead for the USGS CDI Usability Collaboration Area, Sophie will provide an overview of how the Usability Collaboration Area is providing usability resources to the USGS community. Sophie will also discuss a few use cases for how she is applying the usability resources to USGS projects. Finally, as a former co-chair of ESIP’s Usability Cluster, Sophie will share her lessons learned for how to collaborate with our communities to optimize the usability of our scientific data.


CUAHSI HydroShare

Who: Jerad Bales, Anthony Castronova, Jeff Horsburgh
When:
Thursday May 14th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
Join: See the ESIP Telecon Calendar

The IT&I Committee will host ESIP's next Putting Data to Work Webinar, which will feature HydroShare, a platform for sharing hydrologic resources (data, models, model instances, geographic coverages, etc.), enabling the scientific community to more easily and freely share products, including the data, models, and workflow scripts used to create scientific publications. HydroShare also includes a variety of social functions, such as resource sharing within a specified group, publication with a DOI, and support for integrating external applications to view and use resources without downloading them. The presentation will provide an overview of HydroShare, details of CUAHSI Compute resources which can be accessed through HydroShare or in a standalone mode, and the metadata model used in HydroShare, as well as describe some community resources held by HydroShare, including comprehensive information on recent hurricanes and the complete Critical Zone Observatory data library.


ESIP Collaboration Area Highlights

When: Wednesday April 22nd, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
Join: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/417506261
Dial in by phone: +1 (571) 317-3116 (Access Code: 417-506-261)
International Phone Numbers: Here

ESIP is home to 30+ vibrant and diverse community-driven collaboration areas centered around Earth science data challenges and opportunities. Several collaboration areas will share lightning presentations about their recent activities and efforts to increase the use and value of Earth Science data. This webinar aims to broaden awareness of ESIP collaboration area activities, increase communication and collaboration between existing collaboration areas, and invite new participants to join. To learn more about ESIP collaboration areas, see here.


Discrete Global Grid System in Action: Provision of Rapid Response During Australian Bushfires and Other Applications

Who: Shane Crossman & Irina Bastrakova (Hosted by IT&I Committee)
When:
Thursday March 12th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
View Recording HERE
View Slides HERE

Everything has a location. Location can be defined using descriptive terms (e.g. place names), geometry (e.g. geographic coordinates) and/or index notations (e.g. statistical boundaries). However, existing approaches and disconnected infrastructures limit our ability to discover, access and integrate spatial data across organisation and jurisdiction boundaries to produce up-to-date reliable information. The Location Index project (LOC-I) aims to introduce a consistent way to access, analyse and use location data to support the effective integration of socio-economic, statistical and environmental data from multiple data providers to support the spatially enabled delivery of Government policies and initiatives.

The devastation caused by the Australian Bushfires highlighted the need for a new approach for rapid data integration. The total burnt area during Autumn-Summer 2019-2020 is 72,000 square miles, which is an equivalent to a half of Montana or North Dakota and Delaware areas combined. Rapid response in provision of information on areas affected by the bushfires was required to support evaluation of the impact, and also planning the recovery process and support for families, businesses and the environment. This presentation will discuss application of the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) in bringing together diverse complex information from multiple sources to support the response process. The presentation will also discuss testing of the DGGS capability in other use cases.


2020 ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights

When: Wednesday February 5th 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
View Recording and Slides HERE

The 2020 ESIP Winter Meeting Highlights Webinar provided an overview of plenary and breakout sessions from the ESIP Winter Meeting held in Bethesda, MD (January 7-9th, 2020). Whether you weren't able to attend the meeting in person or you're looking to see what happened in concurrent breakout sessions, this webinar is a great way for you to learn about what happened at the meeting and how to get involved in next steps.


2019


Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information

ESIP's 2019 webinar series explored activities within and outside of ESIP that contribute to increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information by addressing three main questions: How do these activities contribute to increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information? What are quantitative and qualitative ways that can be used to assess and measure this use and value? And, what are the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in further increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information? Webinars were recorded and posted to the ESIP YouTube Channel here.


Data for our Planet: Increasing the Use and Value of Global Information Infrastructures to Support Resilient Cities, Disaster Risk Reduction and Infectious Diseases

Lesley Wyborn, Erin Robinson, Francoise Pearlman, Jay Pearlman, Bob Downs
When: Wednesday November 13th 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
View the Recording: HERE

Accessing and integrating data from heterogeneous sources is a significant barrier facing evidence-based responses to global grand challenges. To address this ISC-CODATA is preparing an international, coordinating research program; ESIP has developed a community of practice around earth science data standards; and ENVRI aims to align and share FAIR compliant in-situ data and services. This webinar will 1) invite the community to engage with these initiatives; 2) examine specific challenges relating to data accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIR); and 3) examine these issues around a set of pilot case studies, including infectious diseases, resilient cities and disaster risk reduction. Grand challenges need to access and integrate data from many different sources. Discovery and interoperability mechanisms are frequently suboptimal. Time and space is usually a key to integration, and remote sensing and in-situ Earth observation data play a crucial role. The session will allow detailed exploration of the issues in relation to case studies of significance to the community. It will explore the applicability and potential of the FAIR principles, ‘fitness for use’ criteria, Operational Readiness Levels, alignment of metadata specifications, and data cubes to contribute towards the solutions needed to assist data integration.

 


An Extensible Geospatial Data Framework (GeoEDF) for FAIR Science

Carol Song, Senior Research Scientist, Purdue University
Rajesh Kalyanam, Research Scientist, Purdue University
When:
 Friday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
View the Recording: HERE

GeoEDF, an extensible geospatial data framework, aims to lessen and possibly remove such barriers by creating seamless connections among platforms, data and tools, making large scientific and social geospatial datasets directly usable in scientific models and tools. GeoEDF is designed to abstract away the complexity of acquiring and utilizing data from diverse data providers. Extensible data connectors will implement common data query and access a variety of protocols supporting both static and streaming data. Extensible data processors will implement common and domain-specific geospatial data processing such as resampling, format conversion, or a scientific simulation model. A plug-and-play workflow composer will allow users to string together data connectors and processors into reproducible workflows that can be executed in heterogeneous environments. Automated metadata extraction and annotation will be integrated into such workflows, supporting FAIR science through ease of data discovery and reproduction. By bringing data to the science, GeoEDF will accelerate data-driven discovery. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, including its objectives, system design, scientific use cases, and anticipated outcomes.

 


2019 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop Recap & New Approaches to Dealing with Increasing Volumes of Data for Numerical Weather Prediction

When: Friday September 20th, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET
View the Recording HERE

Join us for a recap of the very recent NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop and for a presentation about the application of Machine Learning and, in particular, Deep Learning techniques for processing of satellite observation data to improve Numerical Weather Prediction by the team at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL). See contributors and read the full abstract here.

 


ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar

When: Thursday August 8th, 2019 at 12:30 pm ET
View the Recording: HERE

The 2019 ESIP Summer Meeting Highlights Webinar provided an overview of plenary and breakout sessions from the ESIP Summer Meeting held in Tacoma, WA (July 15th-19th, 2019). Whether you weren't able to attend the meeting in person or you're looking to see what happened in other breakout sessions, this webinar is for you.

 


Supporting Better Water Management and Planning in a Changing Climate

When: Friday June 21st, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET
View the Recording: HERE

Water planners and managers want their decisions to be based on the best available information. Yet, too often, there is a lack of two-way dialogue between suppliers of scientific information (e.g., researchers) and potential users of scientific information (e.g., water utilities) that create barriers and can lead to inappropriate uses. This presentation by Dr. Julie Vano promotes a conversation on how we might overcome these barriers. Dr. Vano will share details about newly released guidance on Dos and Don’ts for using climate information for water resources planning and management and highlight several complementary efforts, done in partnership with decision makers, to share information and foster engagement to improve climate resilience. More info here.


The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Translating Data to Inform Decisions

When: Friday May 17th, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET
View the Recording: HERE

Join us to hear from a panel of speakers on how the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) was developed, including what standards of transparency and traceability were used, and how the reach of NCA4 is being expanded through outreach and derived products. More info here.


ESIP Collaboration Area Highlights

When: Friday April 19th, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET
View the Recording: HERE
ESIP is home to 30+ vibrant and diverse community-driven collaboration areas centered around Earth science data challenges and opportunities. Several collaboration areas will share lightning presentations about their recent activities and efforts to increase the use and value of Earth Science data. This webinar aims to broaden awareness of ESIP collaboration area activities, increase communication and collaboration between existing collaboration areas, and invite new participants to join. To learn more about ESIP collaboration areas, see here.


How NASA, NOAA, and the USGS Increase the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and Information

Friday March 22nd, 2019 at 12:30 pm ET
View the Recording: HERE
Join us to hear from representatives of ESIP's sponsors, NASA, NOAA, and the USGS, on how their organizations contribute to increasing the use and value of Earth science data and information.