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

ESIP's 2019 webinar series explores 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? Join us for the webinars below. Webinars are 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
 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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Check back soon for more upcoming webinars. To see what's coming up in ESIP's IT&I Tech Dive Webinar Series, see here.