5 days to submit sessions to ESIP Winter Meeting | Last call to submit 2015 ESIP Student Fellow Apps | RDA TAB Election, Job Opps and workshops

ESIP Update - Oct 5

Good Morning!

There are 5 days left to submit sessions for the Winter 2015 ESIP Meeting. Please submit your breakout sessions by this Friday, Oct. 10 to the ESIP Commons. After Friday, additional sessions may be accommodated, but they are not guaranteed. Thank you all for contributing to the meeting!

Also, last call for 2015 ESIP Student Fellow Apps. They are due this Wednesday! 

Federation News:
  • Member Highlight: NCAR
  • Drupal Replay: Relaunching
  • Reminders: 2015 Student Fellow apps due Wed 10/8; Call for ESIP Testbed projects

Around the Federation: 

  • Next CUAHSI Virtual Workshop on 
  • Last day to vote for RDA TAB Elections
  • Save the Date – November 20, 2014 Data Infrastructure: The Importance of Quality and Integrity
  • [JobOpp] Global Imagery Browse Service (GIBS) Operations & Test Engineer
  • [JobOpp] UNAVCO Seeking a Content Specialist


  • Tues - Agriculture & Climate
  • Thurs - ACDD/Documentation call #2;  

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

Thanks for reading!


Federation News

Member Highlight: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR’s mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related physical, biological and social systems; to support, enhance and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community – nationally and internationally; and to foster transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. 

Recently, NCAR has focused efforts on data citation and on adding DOI's to datasets, software packages and other reusable resources. For more details on the NCAR highlight, their data citation and DOI work and to see why they participate in ESIP, see the post

Drupal Replay: Relaunching
Did you miss the ESIP Drupal Working Group webinar for September? It was on Relaunching (USGCRP website) presented by the ForumOne Team. 

Called by Philip Bump of The Atlantic “one of the best designed, clearest articulations of climate change I've ever seen.”, get the inside story on the design and launch of, the highest-profile Obama administration website of 2014. Built to present a unified compendium of federal climate change research drawn from 13 different agencies, the site also houses the Third National Climate Assessment – the definitive report on how climate change is affecting the United States. Join us to learn from the strategy and development teams that worked with the U.S. Global Change Research Program and their stakeholders for over a year to design, develop, and launch this Drupal 7 site to wide public acclaim.

This session covered:

  1. How you can turn dense, scientific data into a beautiful, accessible site
  2. How you can successfully leverage Drupal in a rapid development cycle
  3. How you can wrangle a complex stakeholder environment into a successful project
Thanks to Bruce Caron for getting it to YouTube.   

Reminders - ESIP Awards, Meeting Sessions, Student Fellows 

Around the Federation 

CUAHSI Virtual Workshop - Sensor Management Best Practices Corinna Gries, University of Wisconsin, Center for Limnology Don Henshaw, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station - This Tues, October 7 
A working group of practitioners experienced in the entire life cycle of streaming sensor data (sensor network establishment, data transmission, data storage, quality control and assurance, and data access) is developing a best practices guide for managing sensor networks and data. The guide builds on the collective experience of working group members as well as earlier workshops where six topics had emerged. We will give a brief overview of each of the topics. The working group intends to release preliminary findings on the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Federation wiki page ( and hopes to involve the broader community in ongoing forums and in adding new materials such as sensor network use cases and resource links. For all details and to join the call see the website

Today is the last day to vote for RDA TAB Elections
The Technical Advisory Board provides technical expertise and advice to the Council. It also assists in developing and reviewing RDA Working Groups to promote their impact and effectiveness. The Technical Advisory Group is responsible for the development, maintenance and evolution of the RDA Technical Roadmap document. A line-up of 12 candidates are competing for 4 seats of the TAB during and following the RDA 4th Plenary in Amsterdam. Details and vote on the RDA site. 

Save the Date – November 20, 2014 Data Infrastructure: The Importance of Quality and Integrity
This one-day workshop is a must for anyone involved in creating, managing, or using scientific data. The Open Data movement dramatically is changing the flows as well as the roles of all involved. This workshop will explore the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that must be considered when assessing the quality and integrity of the data. We will investigate with major stakeholders how can we rely on the quality and integrity of the data that are becoming increasingly available. Mark your calendar now to reserve the date of this informative workshop. For details see the workshop website

[JobOpp] Global Imagery Browse Service (GIBS) Operations & Test Engineer
The NASA Earth Observing a System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) system fulfills an increasingly critical role in providing full resolution visualizations of Earth Science data products. GIBS services are consumed by numerous mapping applications and libraries for use in activities such as education, research, and emergency response. 

We are seeking an engineer with strong experience in integration testing and operational support activities. In addition to technical aptitude and the ability to learn quickly, the ideal candidate demonstrates strengths in interpersonal, presentation, and troubleshooting with a passion for his/her role, GIBS, EOSDIS, and the NASA space program.

As an Operations and Test Engineer, you will be responsible for:
• Monitoring, identifying, analyzing, and resolving operational issues to ensure 24/7 system availability.
• Leading the development, execution, and analysis of functional, performance, and stability system tests.
• Participating in imagery product development, validation, integration, and reconciliation.
• Identifying system enhancements or issues and coordinating with the development and systems engineering team for resolution.
• Participating in configuration management and software deployment.

For full detail and to apply, see the website:

[JobOpp] UNAVCO Seeking a Content Specialist
UNAVCO has a challenging and career-launching opportunity for the right individual with skills in information systems, computer science or a physical science. We need an energetic, fast-learning and flexible Content Specialist to help connect geoscience research tools at UNAVCO with researchers using a VIVO implementation. VIVO is an open source semantic web application populated with researcher information, such as publications, collaborators, and institutional connections. The position as a Content Specialist – Data Technician II is available either as full time or part-time. See UNAVCO’s career page for more details and to apply now.
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