June 5 is the ESIP room block cut off for hotel rooms. 

ESIP Update - June 2

Good Morning! This is a loaded update after taking the first week of summer off from the Monday Update. The ESIP Summer Meeting is 5 weeks away, July 8-11, Frisco, CO. The room block at Copper Resort will close this Thursday, June 5.  

We've added two new plenary speakers - James Howison, UT-Austin and Jeffrey Morisette, Director, DOI North Central Climate Science Center. We will round out the plenary with a set of Ignite talks on your experience on software sustainability. If you are interested in giving one, see the details below. 

Other meeting highlights include: 
  • OPeNDAP Developer Workshop @ Mon, July 7  
  • Agile Training Workshop led by Pete Behrens
  • Music Night w/ Dave Fulker & co, Tues evening, July 8
  • First Raskin Lecture by Zhenlong Li, Wed, July 9   
  • Software Carpentry Bootcamp - July 10-11 
All the meeting details are at the very end of this email

Federation News:
  • Member Highlight: The HDF Group
  • Member Highlight: NOAA's NODC
  • Nomination Committee Proposed Bylaw Change posted for 30-day Review

Around the Federation: 

  • DMPTool v2 workshop at the DataONE Users Group Meeting
  • International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability - November 2-5, 2014, New Delhi, India
  • Science on Drupal BoF @ Drupalcon, Thurs, 6/5 
  • [JobOpp] Two positions at CIESIN, Columbia University
  • [JobOpp] Manager, Distributed Active Archive Center at NSIDC

Telecons this week:
See the telecon calendar for times and call-in details)

  • Monday - Cloud Computing (Microsoft Azure4Research Talk ---- Scale out your Research Computation using Microsoft Azure)
  • Tuesday - Agriculture & Climate
  • Thursday - IT&I Rant and Rave: ​Data Management Maturity Model w/ â€‹Harry Furukawa, the Director of Product Development ​from AGU

For questions, ideas or comments about ESIP or content for next week's update, please reply to this note.

Thanks for reading!


Federation News

Member Highlight: The HDF Group
The mission of the HDF Group is to develop and maintain high quality software for managing large complex data, to provide outstanding services for users of these technologies, and to insure effective management of data throughout the data life cycle.  HDF refers to “hierarchical data format” and the software that makes it possible to access data in the format. The largest number of applications of HDF are in the Earth Sciences. The biggest user of HDF over the past 20 years has been NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).  The vast majority of EOS data products are stored in either HDF4 or HDF5. Many of these are described as being in the HDF-EOS format, but it’s just HDF4 or HDF5 with an Earth Science-friendly API. HDF5 is used in many other fields, such as high frequency stock trading, flight testing, oil and gas, animated film production, earthquake simulations, gene sequencing, radio astronomy, plasma physics, and the study of lunar dust.

For the second year, the HDF Workshop will be at ESIP this summer on Tuesday, July 8.  They are planning sessions on Services, Python and Data Conventions, as well as sharing ideas about new products. 

Member Highlight: NOAA's National Oceanographic Data Center 
The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) was established in 1961 and has served the Nation with unmatched expertise in the scientific stewardship of marine data and information.NODC’s collection and granule data discovery systems ( ) use the open source Geoportal Server, and are a direct result of knowledge acquired at ESIP meetings and the resulting collaborations with ESIP members. In addition, through ESIP interactions, NODC has been able to deploy and stay in touch with the latest developments on numerous interoperable data services including the OPeNDAP Hyrax Server, the Unidata THREDDS Data Server, CSW, and OpenSearch. For more on NODC and why they participate in ESIP, see the blog

Nomination Committee Proposed Bylaw Change - posted for 30-day Review
As the Federation grows in numbers and diversity, the time has come for a more guided approach to nominations. The proposed nominations committee, to selected by the President and approved by the Executive Committee, will be tasked to provide a core set of nominations that cover all of the positions open for election. ESIP Federation members will still be able to nominate candidates for any and all positions, using the existing bylaw mechanism. 
The goal of the nominations committee is to find the best candidates for each of the elected officer jobs. With so many new members, and with new leadership emerging from cluster and committee chairs, the nominations committee will need to look broadly at the whole ESIP membership assembly. The proposed bylaw changes are designed to create the nominations committee. This committee will also be guided by a short policy document, to be drafted and approved by the ExCom, which will provide the logic and vision for their decisions.

Again, each ESIP member will still be able to make nominations for any open position. Please feel free to add your own discussion points to the wiki:
Around the Federation 

DMPTool v2 workshop at the DataONE Users Group Meeting
The DMPTool partners are pleased to announce a half-day workshop at the upcoming DataONE Users Group meeting in Frisco, CO July 6th and 7th.  (The DUG meeting is co-located with the ESIP Summer Meeting).

The half day workshop on the afternoon of Monday July 7th will introduce the recently released version 2 of the widely used DMPTool. It will introduce new and existing users to data management plan requirements, features of the new tool for the completion of comprehensive Data Management Plans that meet funder requirements, highlight key features for specific user groups, and will culminate with hands-on practice using the tool. All stakeholders are invited, with particular emphasis on researchers, research administrators, funders, and librarians/IT managers. For all details:

International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability - November 2-5, 2014, New Delhi, India
The following is a part of the announcement of “SciDataCon 2014” – a conference to be held in New Delhi, India, during November 2-5, 2014. The call for papers is out now, and session proposals and paper abstracts are due June 16, 2014. See for more details.
“Research data are essential to all scientific endeavours. The emerging cultures of data sharing and publication, open access to, and reuse of dat
a are the positive signs of an evolving research environment. Nevertheless, several cultural and technological challenges are still preventing the research community from realizing the full benefits of these tendencies. 
The Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the World Data System (WDS), interdisciplinary committees of the International Council for Science (ICSU) are together advancing this agenda by actively promoting effective data policies and good data management practices in the research community, to produce better science, which ultimately benefits society.  As a major c
ontribution to this effort, the two organizations are co-sponsoring and organizing a high profile international biennial conference, which will examine, in an integrated way, the data issues at the heart of the global research questions and in a manner that will have tangible benefit for research and society.
SciDataCon will provide a unique platform bringing together international experts
and practitioners in data sciences, technologies and management; researchers from the natural, social, health, and computer sciences; research funders and sponsors; and policy makers and advisors.”

Science on Drupal BoF @ Drupalcon, Wed, 6/4 
If you are attending Drupalcon Austin 2014, stop by our "Science on Drupal" BoF Wednesday · 03:45-04:45, Room: 8C - VLM | 3rd floor

[JobOpp] Two positions at CIESIN, Columbia University
CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is seeking to fill two Officer of Research positions, one in its Science Applications Division and the second in its Geospatial Applications Division: [JobOpp] Manager, Distributed Active Archive Center at NSIDC
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC),, part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is hiring amanager for its NASA Distributed Active Archive (DAAC) program. Visit the Jobs at CU Web site ( for application instructions and a full job description. Search for job #RF01375. If you still have burning questions, contact Ron Weaver at

ESIP Summer Meeting Details: 

Meeting Highlights & News: 
Ignite@ESIP Sustainable Software-Style
As you know, the ESIP Summer Meeting theme is "Linking It Together: Sustainable SoftwareAdvancing Science Data and Services". With that in mind part of the plenary session will be curated set of Ignite style talks. Ignite (, a concept created by O’Reilly Media, provides presenters a strict presentation format - five minutes and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds - to make their point. 

We are specifically looking for talks that highlight ESIP work along the dimensions of softwaresustainability including building and sustaining communities around software, sustainablesoftware development for software reuse/scale/interoperability.., and financial sustainability or persistence over time. 

If you are interested, please express your interest with this Google Form:

Questions? Ideas? Email me ( 

OPeNDAP Developer Workshop @ Mon, July 7  
During the upcoming ESIP Federation meeting, OpenDAP will hold a Developers Workshop (July 7-8). Presentations are welcome on the full range of DAP-related efforts, with special interest in how DAP and its applications are evolving. Topics likely will include cloud storage, asynchronous access, semantics, and extended server functions, and confirmed speakers include:

        • Brian Blanton
        • Brian Mapes,
        • Roland Schweitzer
        • Tim Pugh
This promises to be a really exciting workshop!

Music Night w/ Dave Fulker & co, Tues evening, July 8
We are so lucky that Dave Fulker has agreed to lead the Music Night, Tues, July 8. He has arranged for his band to play at the ESIP summer meeting earlyTuesday evening. Though jazz is their core strength, He's enlisted a rhythm section that can cover most anything, and invites any of you who are musicians (in just about any genre) to plan on sitting in for a couple of your favorite tunes!
More from Dave: 
Live music will run from roughly 5:30 until 7:45 PM on July 8th, and I'm reasonably certain we'll be playing at some location within the Copper Mountain Resort.
I will have a trumpet and a flugel horn, and my colleagues will be bringing a (good) electronic keyboard, an upright bass, and a drum kit. Feel free to use any of these, but if you need other instruments, you'll have to bring your own or contact me ( for assistance...
If you would like to play, please let me know in advance, and give me a few tune names so I can be sure we're prepared (assuming the tunes are workable!).

The rest of the meeting details: 
  • Registration: Early registration is $400/members and $525/non-members. After June 5, the registration fee rises to $500 (members) and $625 (non-members). A student registration is available for $150. A special one-day attendance is available for $200. We are also offering a 2-day Software Carpentry Bootcamp for an additional $50. This fee reserves your seat and will support the Raskin Scholarship Fund. A full refund will be given through May 31, 2014. To register:
  • Agenda: Here is a link to the evolving agenda
  • Plenary Speakers: We have confirmed Yolanda Gil, USC and Dan Katz, NSF, James Howison, UT-Austin and  Jeffrey Morisette, Director, DOI North Central Climate Science Center
  • Altitude: This meeting is at 9600 ft, so please remember to drink a lot of water. It will be cool in the evenings, so pack warm clothes like a fleece and long pants. 
  • Accommodations: A limited block of rooms is available at the Copper Mountain Resort at the federal per diem rate of $92/night (plus taxes) and $120/night for non-federal employee. To make reservations, call in and speak to a Groups specific Agent when setting up their reservation – Group Reservations can be reached at 866.837.2996. When making your reservation reference the group name, Federation of Earth Science Information Partners and code 1681 for non-fed and 1684 for federal per diem rate. If you are a government employee, you must request the federal per diem rate (code 1684). The room block will be held until June 5, 2014, 5pm MT or it is filled.
  • Transportation: The SummitExpress Shuttle is offering a discounted rate of $57.60 one way with the promo code ESIP or if you have a group of 3 or more paying on a single credit card, the rate is $52, between the Denver International Airport and Copper Mountain. Once you are at Copper Mountain there is a free bus that runs between Copper and downtown Frisco as well as bikes for rent. Plenty of restaurant options at Copper too. 
For all meeting details see the website:
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Erin Robinson
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