Preview: ESIP Student Fellows, Restarting Web Services, AGU Thriving Earth Exchange, CODATA, ASLO Ocean Sciences, WDS Data Stewardship Award and Telecon reminders.

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ESIP Update: August 24, 2015

Hi ESIP. I'm happy to announce that the ESIP staff now spans all timezones in the lower-48. From Florida, to Texas, Colorado, and Oregon... we've got you covered! I've just landed in Portland, OR after several weeks on the road. If there any ESIP members in the area, I'd love to start a regional meet-up! Please contact me at if you are interested in joining.  

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:
  • Student Fellows Application Released
  • Restarting Web Services Cluster
Around the Federation:
  • AGU TEX Sharing Solutions Event
  • ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • WDS Data Stewardship Award
  • CODATA Workshop
  • Tuesday: Semantic Web, Envirosensing
  • Wednesday: Drupal
  • Thursday: NO Energy and Climate
  • Friday: Education

Federation News
Student Fellows Application Released

ESIP Student Fellows are a group of graduate students that are interested in working in cross-discipline activities that further the development of Earth science technologies that improve the flow of data bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science and applying research to real-world problems. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group on current Earth Science problems. The students become engaged in the group as rapporteurs, documenting the work of the group on the monthly telecons and at the semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As the student become more familiar with the group activities he or she may chose to tie in his/her own research to the group activities.


  • Networking with professionals in your research field
  • Share research to a broader audience
  • Learn collaboration best practices
  • Exposure to potential job tracks - government, industry, academic


  • Rapporteur for a single cluster or work group that aligns with research interest
    • Document monthly telecons (~1 hr/month) on the ESIP Commons meeting template
    • Document Summer and Winter Meetings (~6 days total) using the ESIP Commons meeting template
  • Attend the Education Committee's Crash Course for Collaborative Technology
  • Support the cluster's use of collaborative technologies including, but not limited to: Twitter, WebEx, MediaWiki, Drupal, Facebook
  • Write one blog post every other month on current cluster initiatives or your research as it relates to cluster.
  • Share your research with community at the ESIP poster sessions during physical meeting


  • Research in Earth/environmental sciences, Computer Science or Earth science education.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Social media awareness/usage is desired.


  • Must be in a graduate program (M.S./Ph.D.) or a post-doc less than 2 years beyond your Ph.D.
  • Must be able to attend the full duration of both Summer and Winter Meetings
  • Must attend telecons for the cluster; attendance only excused if the chair knows at least 24 hours before the call. Only 1 call will be excused.
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S. 


Fellows will serve a year-term starting from December 2015 - December 2016. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the Summer Meeting and one at the conclusion of the year). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by the Foundation for Earth Science. Participation in the Fellowship after the Summer Meeting is contingent on satisfactory performance. There will be an option to renew for a second year at the end of the first year.

Application Process

If you are interested in being considered for the ESIP Fellow position, please submit a cover letter stating your interest in the Student Fellow program and resume through this application form. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis; those submitted prior to October 9, 2015 will receive priority. Phone interviews will be conducted in mid-October. Please indicate in your cover letter which graduate program you are attending and which cluster, work group or committee you would like to work with. If you have additional questions: Annie Burgess, Community Director, at

Restarting Web Services Cluster
To kick-off the restarting of the Web Services cluster, a brainstorming google doc and wiki page have been created. These are open documents - everyone is encouraged to participate! The cluster's first telecon will be September 14th, 2pm ET.

For any questions/comments about the Web Services Cluster, contact Soren Scott at 

Around the Federation

AGU TEX Sharing Solutions Event
American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS), is helping scientists, leaders, and technologists use cloud computing to advance Earth and space science solutions. We are providing grants to exemplary co-designed solutions that address local challenges related to climate change, natural hazards and natural resource. These grants will help move local solutions to the cloud, so they can be adapted by and improved upon by other teams in other communities. 

We invite you to submit prototype community solutions from multidisciplinary teams of scientists, city leaders, and computer programmers.  The winning solutions will be the ones that are co-designed by multi-disciplinary thinkers and the ones that shift the conversation from narrow questions like “how do I buy more street sweepers” to innovation-generating questions like “how can I get clean streets.” 

Teams that propose winning solutions will receive technical support to move their prototypes to the cloud.  They will also have the opportunity to inspire future innovation in a live and virtual Sharing Solutions Co-Design Event in March 2016.

Submissions will open on September 8th and online applications may be submitted at

Prizes: Three winners will receive $15,000 in grant funds to use AWS on-demand cloud services. Terms and conditions for grant use, apply:

Challenge Areas: Three winning projects will be selected by a panel of judges. Each winning project must be a working prototype designed by policy makers, city planners, citizens, and scientists to address local or regional challenges related to climate change, natural hazards and natural resources.
An additional winner will be selected for student engagement; this project should encourage the use of technology to improve k-12 and/or college student participation in solving any of the challenge areas above.

Learn more and apply at

ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting
The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be held 21-26 February 2016 in New Orleans, LA, USA. There are several sessions in the Ocean Observing and Data Management program (details here) that are of potential interest to the ESIP community, including
Science at Sea: Marine Data Stewardship from Proposal to Preservation

The “Science at Sea" session conveners are interested in contributions that span the full research data life cycle: from those that focus on a particular data stewardship topic or challenge, research discipline or program to those that address overarching visions for regional, national and international initiatives. 

Session co-conveners: 
Bob Arko, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY 
Cyndy Chandler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 
Shawn Smith, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Tallahassee, FL, USA 
Karen Stocks, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA Abstracts will be accepted until the deadline, 23 September 2015, 11:59 PM EDT. 

Other sessions of interest to the ESIP Community include:

ED001: New Advances in Telepresence-Enabled Research
ED008: Sharing Ship-Based Ocean Research Through Innovative/Hands-On Technology
IS004: Innovative and Emerging Research Technologies for Marine Sciences  

OD008: Tools, Services and New Technology for Oceanographic Big Data

If there are other ASLO sessions you'd like to see advertised, please email me ( and I will include them in the next Monday Update! 

WDS Data Stewardship Award
Call to nominate Early Career Researchers for the 2015 WDS Data Stewardship Award closes in exactly two weeks' time.
Please complete the following nomination form and return it to the WDS International Programme Office by Monday, 07 September 2015. The winner will then selected by the WDS Scientific Committee and their prize presented at SciDataCon 2016.
Note that eligible nominees from the previous call may be nominated again.

CODATA Workshops
The CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation Standards and Practices is organizing a series of workshops in participating countries. The objective is to promote the implementation of global data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities. Each workshop will bring together stakeholders including representatives of government, funders, research institutions, research data archives, learned societies, publishers, journal editors etc, to establish how principles may best be turned into practice in each national research system and culture.

Check the archives ->

Annie Burgess
Community Director
Foundation for Earth Science | 585.738.7549 |

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