Preview: Winter Meeting, Student Opportunities, Ontology Survey, EarthCube Leadership, Geoscience Paper of the future, RDA webinar, Future of the Commons, and telecon reminders. 

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ESIP Update: September 14, 2015

Hi ESIP! Lots going on this week - registration for the Winter Meeting is now open, the Web Services cluster is having its first telecon and its looking like an epic El Niño! 

Big props to LuAnn Dahlman for identifying Kotzebue, Alaska in last week's GeoQuiz! If you've got an interesting place you'd like featured in our next GeoQuiz, send me an email!

If you have any items you'd like to see included in next week's update, questions or general comments about ESIP, hit reply or email me at - Annie
Federation News:
  • Registration for the ESIP Winter Meeting is OPEN
  • ESIP Student Opportunities
Around the Federation:
  • Survey of Ontology Usability Metrics
  • The Future of the Commons: Data, Software and Beyond
  • EarthCube Leadership Elections
  • Geoscience Paper of the Future Training Session
  • Webinar on RDA's recently endorsed outputs
  • Monday: Web Services 
  • Thursday: Data Analytics, Documentation

Federation News
Winter Meeting Registration is now OPEN
Winter Meeting registration is open. The early member rate is $415 and for non-member organizations, the rate is $550. Both rates will go up $100 around Dec. 15, to $515 and $655, respectively. There is a 1-day registration for $200 and a discounted rate for students. 

A block of rooms at the Wardman Park Marriott are available for $179/night. Hotel reservations can be made online. The room block will expire Dec. 21, 2015 or when the block is full, whichever comes first.

We are still planning the theme and identifying plenary speakers, as details are available, they will be added to the meeting page. If you are interested in contributing to the meeting theme please join the Visioneers list-serv

ESIP Student Opportunities
Student Fellows:
ESIP Student Fellows are graduate students interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Student fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities.
The Scholarship will provide a $2000 stipend and travel support to the ESIP Federation bi-annual meetings.

Raskin Scholarship:
The Raskin Scholarship will be awarded annually to a current graduate or post-graduate student in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences.  Special attention will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in semantics, GIS, cyberinfrastructure and computing in the geosciences. The Scholarship will provide a $2000 stipend and travel support to the ESIP Federation bi-annual meetings. The Raskin Scholar will have an invited talk covering their field of interest at the ESIP Summer Meeting.

To learn more about the Student Fellows program and Raskin Scholarship visit:

Around the Federation
Survey of Ontology Usability Metrics
Evaluation of ontology usability is a topic of increasing interest. We are taking a small research on an ontology usability scale and are working on a list of questions that can be used in the usability evaluation. Considering that a long list may make the evaluation work tedious, we invite you to choose up to ten questions from the list that you think are the most important for evaluating the usability of an ontology. The survey is anonymous and takes up to five minutes. It is accessible here

The Future of the Commons: Data, Software and Beyond
Co-sponsored by CENDI, National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and theResearch Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), and hosted by the Board on Research Data and Information and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, this one-day workshop for data professionals is focused on the evolving concept of the “commons” and the many challenges associated with its development.

Topics to be covered include privacy, security, customization by various research communities and the need for change in some research cultures. Speakers include:

  • John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks
  • Dr. Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
  • Dr. Robert Grossman, Chair – Open Cloud Consortium, University of Chicago, Open Data Group, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Laurie Goodman, Editor-In-Chief, GigaScience
  • Dr. Maurie Kelly, DataCommons@PSU, Director of the Informatics Group at Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State University
  • Dr. Merce Crosas, Project Lead – Dataverse, Director of Data Science at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9am - 4:30 pm…Registration Now Open!

EarthCube Leadership Elections
Voting has officially begun for open Leadership positions within EarthCube. You may view the full list of candidates and cast your vote at:
NOTE: In order to vote in the Leadership Elections, you will need to login with your EarthCube account. 

Geoscience Paper of the Future Training Session
Please join us Monday, September 28th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm MT at the Denver Federal Center, Building 810 for a Geoscience Paper of the Future Training Session: Learning Best Practices for Scholarly Publication. The training session will be available for remote participation; however, I would like to encourage participants in the Denver area to attend in person. The exact room location will be announced closer to the training date. Please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues. Everyone is welcome!
Registration: There is no registration fee to participate in an OntoSoft GPF training session.  To RSVP, please email by Wednesday, September 23, specifying your name, home institution, training session date, and whether you will participate in person or remotely.  Session participation details and training materials will be emailed to all registered participants two days before the session.
The Geoscience Paper of the Future (GPF) Initiative was created to encourage geoscientists to publish papers together with the associated digital products of their research. This means that a paper would include: 1) Data available in a public repository, including documented metadata, a clear license specifying conditions of use, and citable using a unique and persistent identifier; 2) Software available in a public repository, with documentation, a license for reuse, and a unique and citable using a persistent identifier; 3) Provenance of the results by explicitly describing the series of computations and their outcome in a workflow sketch, a formal workflow, or a provenance record, possibly in a shared repository and with a unique and persistent identifier. Learn more about the initiative at

The training is divided into two sessions, each 90mins with a break in the middle. Training materials are provided to all participants.  For each training topic, basic concepts and best practices are introduced. A summary at the end provides specific advice and pointers to implement those best practices.

Webinar on RDA's recently endorsed outputs
This is a brief reminder that RDA will be holding a webinar titled “An Overview of RDA’s Recently Endorsed Outputs” on Wednesday, September 16th at 14:00, which will provide a detailed overview of these outputs, how the endorsing organizations are using them, and how you can begin incorporating these solutions into your own data research activities.

The endorsed/adopted outputs include:
A Basic Vocabulary of Foundational Terminology and a Query Tool
Created through the efforts’ of RDA’s Data Foundation and Terminology Working Group, this vocabulary was the result of the group working with 21 data models and over 120 community experts to address the problem of fragmentation in data models.
A Persistent Identifier Registry
Due to the inconsistency in identifying data objects, RDA’s PID Information Types Working Group built a persistent identifier registry that supplies a base set of PIDs and a process for managing and adding future data types. The group also implemented an API for accessing typed information.
A Basic Set of Machine Actionable Rules
RDA’s Practical Policy Working Group tackled the problem of automating data management by creating a basic set of machine actionable rules that support replication, preservation, and other common application scenarios.
A Data Type Model and Registry
RDA’s Data Type Registry Working Group created a process model for registering data types and managing that registry over time so that it is usable by a diverse set of users and tools.

All are welcome to register to attend, so please share this announcement with your peers unaffilated with RDA so that they can be more familiarized with our accomplishments.

Registration is available at:  

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Annie Burgess
Community Director
Foundation for Earth Science | 585.738.7549 |

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