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ESIP Update - Sept 22

Good Morning! The October 2014 RFP for ESIP Testbed was released Friday. Find the full RFP on the Testbed site. Proposals should be submitted by 10/31. 

A bit of Winter 2015 ESIP Meeting news this morning. We have confirmed Tim Stryker, US GEO, as a plenary speaker. Please submit your breakout sessions by Oct. 10 to the ESIP Commons

Federation News:
  • Call for Testbed Projects, October 2014 Testbed RFP
  • Attribute Conventions for Data Discovery v1.3 Outstanding Issues - Review & Telecon
  • ESIP Student Opportunities - Due early October 

Around the Federation: 

  • 2014 NOAA-David Johnson Award - Nominations due 10/17
  • Next CUAHSI Virtual Workshop on Field Data Management - Wednesday, October 1st
  • Vote for EarthCube Leadership Council by 9/30


  • Mon - Partnership
  • Thurs - ACDD/Documentation; IT&I Rant/Rave 

If you have items for next week, questions, or general comments about ESIP, please reply to this note.

Thanks for reading!


Federation News

Call for Testbed Projects, October 2014 Testbed RFP
The ESIP Products and Services Committee with the ESIP Testbed Configuration Board are seeking proposals to carry out recently funded work to expand the ESIP Testbed. The Testbed is intended to foster innovative collaboration across all sectors of the ESIP Federation by enabling Federation committees and clusters to develop, test, and improve availability and accessibility of member products and services.

Some ideas for this October funding round could include, but are not limited to, offering solutions that do one or more of the following:

  • Further goals of committees, clusters and working groups by implementation of demonstration technologies using the ESIP Testbed resources and infrastructure
  • Build upon the initial research and work of a previous Testbed project
  • Investigate ideas related to other initiatives such as President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and app challenges, or  the AGU Thriving Earth Exchange
  • Organizations that sponsor a student to investigate an interesting problem

Please see the 2014 October Testbed RFP document for more specifics and instructions for how to propose. The regular P&S call, Oct. 21 will be used for Q&A about this solicitation. 

Attribute Conventions for Data Discovery v1.3 Outstanding Issues - Review & Telecon
There has been significant discussion on finalizing ACDD v1.3. John Graybeal put together a spreadsheet identifying the outstanding issues. If you have an interest, please review and respond by COB this Wednesday. The group will have a final call, this Thurs to resolve these issues. Details for call are on telecon calendar

2015 Student Opportunities
There are two student opportunities - Raskin Scholarship and ESIP Student Fellows, open with applications due in early October. Please share these with early career colleagues!  

Reminders - ESIP Awards, Meeting Sessions, Student Fellows 

Around the Federation 

2014 NOAA-David Johnson Award - Nominations are due to NOAA by October 17, 2014.
NOAA is now accepting nominations for the 2014 NOAA-David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data. The award, presented by the National Space Club, is given annually to young professionals who have developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data.

Please click here to review a flyer describing the David Johnson Award and an announcement outlining the eligibility criteria and nomination package requirements. If you have any questions about making a nomination, please contact NESDIS Chief of Staff Kelly Turner (

CUAHSI Virtual Workshop - The GCE Data Toolbox, Wade Sheldon, University of Georgia, GCE LTER Information Manager - This Wednesday, October 1 
The GCE Data Toolbox is a comprehensive software framework for metadata-based processing, quality control and analysis of environmental data that is distributed as a free and open source add-on to the MATLAB technical computing environment ( This software integrates metadata capture, creation and management with data processing, quality control and analysis to support the entire data management lifecycle from acquisition through publishing. Wade will demonstrate how the toolbox can be used alone as a light-weight data management solution, or integrated with other cyberinfrastructure to provide a more comprehensive solution. 
For all details and to join the call see the website

Vote for EarthCube Leadership Council by 9/30 5pm PDT
Elections are now open until Tuesday, September 30 at 5pm PDT. 
Learn about the candidates and cast your vote for Committee and Team representatives via the links below:
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