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Monday Update - March 11, 2013

Good morning! This Friday, March 15, the ESIP websites will all be offline starting at 5 EDT to migrate the Drupal and wiki sites to a single sign-on. Thanks for your patience as we make this last step. 

The Summer ESIP Federation meeting, July 9-12, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, call for sessions is now open. Submit your session proposal to the ESIP Commons (instructions) and your ideas for NC Museum of Natural Science presentations to this Google Form

Around the Federation:
- USGCRP Our Changing Planet for FY2013 Report Officially Released
- GCMD/IDN 9.9.0 Software Release
- Sensor best practices workshop, April 2-4, Albuquerque
EarthCube Solicitation Call - Q&A w/Program Managers
- Upcoming EarthCube Domain workshops 

Telecons this week:
- Today: Data Stewardship; Products and Services 
- Tuesday: Discovery
- Wednesday: OpenSource

Please send updates for next week's update to me by Sunday evening.

Thanks - 


ESIP Summer 2013 Call for Sessions

We are now accepting session ideas for the ESIP Summer Meeting. The sooner we can put together an exciting array of sessions for the 2013 Summer Meeting, the easier it is for our community to plan for their time at ESIP. We will close the call for sessions April 15, when we open registration, but there will still be some open space for late-breaking session ideas. 

For this meeting, we are particularly interested in featuring sessions related to the meeting theme of Building the Value Chain for Earth Science Data and Information in Disaster Planning, Response, Management and Awareness.Submit your session proposal to the ESIP Commons (instructions).

Unique to this meeting, we have the opportunity to spend one afternoon at the new Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh). The Museum has opened its doors to us to allow us to share the exciting technology and other products you create with the public. Details on the museum platforms can be found on the meeting page. Submit a presentation idea through this Google Form. 

Questions? Contact Carol or Erin. 

Around the Federation: 

USGCRP Our Changing Planet for FY2013 Report Officially Released
"The Our Changing Planet report released [Friday] showcases tangible results of work carried out by USGCRP agencies, including, for example, some of the most detailed, data-rich maps of Alaskan permafrost ever generated; the most precise map ever produced of carbon stored in Earth’s tropical forests; critical informationabout the number and magnitude of extreme weather events in the United States; and updated maps that help gardeners and growers plan for harvesting seasons." - Tom Armstrong, Executive Director USGCRP

GCMD/IDN 9.9.0 Software Release
The GCMD staff is pleased to announce the release of GCMD/IDN Version 9.9.0.  With this software release, the GCMD's "Next Generation" portal will now serve as the default GCMD web site (  The new web site offers an advanced search refinement capability.  This option permits users to navigate the comprehensive GCMD keyword taxonomy through a "tree" structure and perform free-text, spatial, and temporal searches within the same query.  In response to each refinement the interface displays the keywords in a dynamically updating window, where keyword are displayed as broader terms at the top with each subsequent level revealing a narrower term.  As the user further refines the query, terms unrelated to the search drop out while the number of records matching the query (displayed to the right of each keyword) inform the user exactly how many records match that term.  The user can browse the data set and data services titles that match the query in the right hand window and view the detailed metadata.  Please see the attached announcement for further details.An online tutorial describing how to use the new search features is available:

The "Legacy" GCMD web site will continue to run as a portal and will be phased-out in the Fall of 2013.  Customized GCMD Portals will use the "Classic" GCMD format for this release.If you have questions or comments, please contact our User Support Office (

Sensor best practices workshop, April 2-4, Albuquerque
The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program has funded a workshop to develop a best practices document on managing sensor networks and data. I am hoping to assemble a working group of LTER information managers with representatives from other groups (9-10 participants) with experience in sensor networks, and plan to convene a workshop in Albuquerque the week of April 1st (2.5 days from April 2-4). 

We still have openings and funding to bring 2-3 additional participants to Albuquerque.This work builds on recommendations from the LTER/NERC SensorNIS workshop at Hubbard Brook in Oct 2011 and the LTER Sensor Resource Guide workshop at the LTER ASM in Estes Park, Sep 2012. The work will be posted in the EnviroSensing Cluster with the ESIP Federation and our current outline is here: If interested contact Don Henshaw, by March 12. Office: (541) 750-7335

EarthCube Solicitation Call - Q&A w/Program Managers
March 13, 3-4 EDT

Upcoming EarthCube Domain workshops 

Sedimentary Geology
Date: March 25-26, 2013
Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Organizers: Marjorie Chan (University of Utah), David Budd, University of Colorado Boulder
Contact: Marjorie Chan, marjorie.chan AT

Community Modeling
Date: April 22-23, 2013
Location: Boulder, CO
Group Organizers: Louise Kellogg (University of California, Davis), Jennifer Arrigo (CUAHSI), Lorraine Hwang (Computational Infrastructure Dynamics), Scott Peckham (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System), David Tarboton (Utah State University)
Contact: Ariel Shoresh, ariel AT (Travel Logistics), Lorraine Hwang, ljhwang AT (Workshop Questions)

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Erin Robinson
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