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ESIP Update - April 14

Hello! Apologies for the delayed update this morning. A power outage put me a bit behind... 

Federation News: 

Around the Federation: 

  • EarthCube News:  
    • All-Hands Meeting - Registration Open
    • C4P Telecon 4/15, 4-5 ET
  • BESSIG 4/16 - An Easy Bake Semantic Metadata Repository for Scientific Data
  • [JobOpp] NASA: Disasters Program Manager 
  • GEO Appathon 2014

Telecons this week: 
Wed - Info Quality | Education
Thurs - Earth Science Data Analytics | Disaster w/ CEOS WGISS (off schedule)

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

Thanks for reading!


Federation News

ESIP ExCom March Committee Reports
  • Strategic Plan - Emily Law reported on the beginning of the ESIP Strategic plan. The strategic plan will engage the entire ESIP leadership - both Excom and Work Group/Cluster leads.
  • Ficom - Bill Teng reached out to the Ficom group and they will be having a telecon to discuss funding criteria in the next month.
  • Partnership - Tyler Stevens reported that Partnership met on Monday to review applications and their 2014 plan. Of the 8 submitted, 5 were fine with no additional modifications and Erin was following up with the other 3 for more details. The group is working on a welcome packet for new members and membership criteria and will report on both of those things in May.
  • Constitution & Bylaws - Bruce Caron reported that the tiger team is in place for the nomination committee and they have a discussion page going on the wiki.
  • Data Stewardship - Erin reported for Ruth that the group still has two papers in process. They have submitted two sessions for the summer meeting. The Data Study group will meet with members of BRDI on Monday to discuss how this project will move forward.
  • Education - Roberta Johnson reported that NESTA had 14 events and saw 1200 teachers at NSTA this week. ESIP is part of the fall NSTA meeting, so will be great for exposure. The Ed. committee is planning an ESIP Summer Session to connect teachers to data providers and get data into the classroom.
  • IT&I - Erin reported that last week's rant/rave was from John Evans, GST on Drones, mesonets and cubesats for disasters. Emily shared with the Disaster cluster and the session was well-attended.
  • Products & Services - Christine reported that the ESIP Testbed - Call for proposals is out. It has generated some ideas and there are two weeks left. There will be two calls a year moving forward, one that closes 4/30 and the other 9/30. The group will meet this month to talk about FUNding Friday revisions and will report back in May.
ESIP Cloud Computing Cluster Upcoming Calls
April 28, 2014 @10:00am-11:30am (PT)/1:00pm-2:30pm (ET)
Eucalyptus – Building private/hybrid cloud infrastructure
June 2, 2014 @10:00am-11:00am (PT)/1:00pm-2:00pm (ET)
Using Microsoft Azure for geoscience research
For all details:

Member Highlight: OPeNDAP
OPeNDAP joined ESIP formally only last year. However, prior to that its principals had a long association with ESIP, going back to the formation of the organization by Martha Maiden when the Distributed Oceanographic Data System (DODS) project received funding from NASA as one of the original ESIP projects. 

As part of this summer's ESIP Federation meeting, we at OPeNDAP are organizing a Developers Workshop on July 7-8 (The 2014 Developer's Meeting). Presentations are welcome on the full range of efforts related to the Data Access Protocol (DAP), with special interest in how DAP and its applications are evolving. Covered topics likely will include cloud storage, async access, semantics, and extended server functions, and invited speakers on several of these will be announced soon.

For full highlight:

REMINDER: ESIP Summer Meeting
  • The Summer Meeting Agenda is coming together. We have 23 so far. Feel free to add on to these sessions or reach out to conveners to present in a session already proposed. 
  • The session deadline is extended to 4/20, so that you have a few days after the AGU session deadline (4/16) to finalize details. These sessions don't need to be absolutely final, but to get space I need a title and estimate of time in 1.5 hour blocks. 
  • Do you play a musical instrument? We're looking for musical ESIPers for a jam session on Tuesday, July 8. Send me an email or reply to this note. 

Around the Federation 

EarthCube All-Hands Meeting - Registration open & Call for sessions
The EarthCube All-Hands Meeting will bring together project institutions, partners, collaborators, and scientists from across the globe to share their progress and experience with EarthCube thus far, and discuss and plan activities for the upcoming year. This meeting will be held from June 24-26, 2014 at the Renaissance Dupont Circle hotel in Washington, D.C.

C4P Telecon - Advances And Emergent Needs in Paleogeoscience Cyberinfrastructure Tuesday, April 15, 4-5p ET

iDigBio and Using and microdata for data discovery

The topics for the next C4P Webinar are iDigBio (Gil Nelson, Florida State University) and Using and microdata for data discovery (Douglas Fils, Ocean Leadership Consortium).

The link to the webinar is WebEx link for April 15, 4-5p ET (the date stated at the link updates weekly). If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647

BESSIG meeting, Wed, 4/16, 4:15 - 6:00, Outlook - An Easy Bake Semantic Metadata Repository for Scientific Data
Mik Cox, Tyler Traver, Anne Wilson, Doug Lindholm, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), Don Elsborg, CU Faculty Affairs

This presentation will discuss the use of open source tools and the tasks that remained to create a semantically enabled metadata repository. It is also the third anniversary of BESSIG!
For all details: 

[JobOpp] NASA: Disasters Program Manager 
NASA Applied Sciences Program has issued a vacancy announcement for a Disasters Program Manager position within NASA's Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program.  The position is posted on USAJobs, and we've also put an advertisement within AGU's Eos Transactions and on-line job listing. Some information about the position is below and more is at this website:

Please send to potential candidates and feel free to distribute this vacancy announcement broadly.

GEO Appathon 2014
The GEO Appathon is a global applications (App) development competition that aims to develop new, exciting and - most importantly - useful Apps using Earth observation data from the open and expansive Earth Observation data sets in the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI). See
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