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ESIP Update - April 27

Good Morning! This is an exciting week for me because after an extensive search process for a new Foundation for Earth Science (FES) Community Manager, I can announce that we have hired two new staff for the FES team, Dr. Annie Burgess as ESIP's Community Director and Rebecca Fowler, Communication and Outreach Director (press release).  Both will support ESIP. Annie starts today and you will hear from her this week. Rebecca will start in two weeks. In Federation News I've shared both bios. 

Hiring for these positions was both so much fun and so hard all at once. I'm grateful for all that applied. It was an amazing pool of candidates and really wonderful to see how community-minded and passionate about ESIP so many people are. 
Federation News
  • FES New Staff Bios for Annie Burgess & Rebecca Fowler
  • Cloud Computing Telecon Today with Jonathan Chiang, IT Chief Engineer, JPL
  • Spring Testbed Showcase Recording 
  • Reminder: Summer 2015 - Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA - July 14-17 Call for Sessions due today! 

Around the Federation:

  • NOAA CRADA Big Data Announcement


  • Mon. - Cloud Computing
  • Tues. - Envirosensing, Semantic Web Cluster

If you have items for next week, questions, or general comments about ESIP, just hit reply. 

Thanks for reading!


Federation News

FES New Staff Bios
Dr. Annie Burgess
, a natural community builder, has significant expertise in Earth science, technology and data. Annie most recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship working with Dr. Chris Mattmann in the Computer Science Department within the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering. Prior to that, she completed her PhD with Dr. Tom Painter, with whom she worked to develop remote sensing products that infer additional energy absorbed by the global snowpack attributed to light absorbing impurities such as mineral dust. She will join FES as ESIP’s Community Manager combining all of those talents to move ESIP forward.
Rebecca Fowler is a science communicator, outreach specialist and strategist. For more than ten years she’s developed and implemented innovative outreach and communications initiatives that facilitate interest and participation in Earth science, most recently as Senior Communications Officer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She’s received funding for these projects from private foundations and government agencies, and recently collaborated with New York City’s International Center of Photography on a series of public programs about climate science. She will lead FES in supporting our communities’ communication and outreach needs. 

Cloud Computing Telecon Today with Jonathan Chiang, IT Chief Engineer, JPL
Jonathan Chiang is the IT Chief Engineer and a member of the Executive Cloud Steering Board at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He presented at our 2014 Winter meeting. Since that meeting Jonathan has been working on improving On-Premise Cloud Computing offering within JPL as well as managing access to external vendors. Jonathan will join our Monday 4/27/2015 telecon @10:00am (PT) / 1:00pm (ET) to discuss his experience and lesson-learned. WebEx Details on Telecon Calendar:

Products & Services Current Testbed Project Update - Recording
Last week, Christine White, Chair of Products & Services hosted a showcase of currently funded Testbed projects. Link to Spring Showcase

Summer 2015 - Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA - July 14-17 
Housing Update: 

A quick Asilomar housing update: Currently, Asilomar is charging in full for the housing. I am trying to remove the pay-in-full requirement and change to a hold. I will send a note to the group as soon as I can confirm this. Reserve your room here: 

Call for Sessions: 
We’re inviting proposals for sessions and presentations from technical practitioners, scientist and educators for the Summer Meeting. We want to hear stories and innovation from around the Earth science community crossing sectors and organizations. We’re interested in success stories and cautionary tales; best practices and abject failures; lessons of the past and visions of the future. 

While the theme focuses on all aspects of community resilience, sessions are welcome on all topics relevant to ESIP. Submit your ideas to the ESIP Commons (Instructions). Sessions are due by April 27, 2015.

Around the Federation

NOAA CRADA big data announcement
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced a big data project with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Corp., and the Open Cloud Consortium to explore ways of bringing the Department closer to its goal of unleashing its vast resources of environmental data and delivering on one of the Department’s key priorities – transforming Department data capabilities and supporting a data-driven economy. For more information please visit:

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Erin Robinson
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