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ESIP Update - May 12

Good Morning! This morning we installed the first of a series of website 'face lifts' to our main site, and  to the ESIP Commons and ESIP Testbed portal. Please take a look around and let me know what you think. 

The ESIP Summer Meeting is 8 weeks away, July 8-11, Frisco, CO. All the meeting details are at the very end of this email. We had a burst of registrations last week and are over 50 people so far! Here is the link to register:

Federation News:

Around the Federation: 

  • [JobOpp] Ecoinformatics Job Opportunity at the National Agricultural Library (May 9-May 22, 2014)
  • Dear Colleague Letter - Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution
  • C4P Webinar on Specify Software for Collections and Lifemapper Computational Platform

Telecons this week: 

  • Tuesday - Executive Committee; Discovery
  • Wednesday - Science Software
  • Thursday* - Documentation

* Earth Science Data Analytics has shifted to next Thurs for May only. 

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: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
This past week our Member Highlight was the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at University of Wisconsin.  The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) was established in 1980 within the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) to formalize and support research between NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) and SSEC.For all the details see the blog

Kyle Nelson on Communicating Science on Social Media: A Google+ Hangout with Jessica Rohde
In mid-April, the ESIP Student Fellows and I were lucky to sit down with Jessica Rohde and talk about science communication. Kyle Nelson wrote up a short blog sharing his take-aways with all of you. Thanks, Kyle! 

Student Fellow Blog from Reid Boehm: Livestock identification, traceability and a thing called agvocacy
This week Reid Boehm, Student Fellow for the Agriculture and Climate cluster, introduced us to 'Agvocacy'. It is a conglomeration of agriculture and advocacy. A term coined by a farmer in Ohio to put a name to an activity that is happening right now via social media outlets.

EnviroSensing at the ESIP Summer Meeting - Request for Input
The EnviroSensing cluster is organizing a session at the meeting and we were hoping to get some input on what you would like to see happening during that session. Since it can be considered the kick-off meeting for the cluster it would be great to discuss here on the list what are your interests, expectations, goals for this cluster prior to the meeting. And accordingly how should the session be structured. Would you like to contribute to the session in any way (presentation, demo, discussion topic)? Remote participation is possible.

LAST WEEK: ESIP Partner Applications posted for 30 day comment 

We have six new ESIP membership applications posted for 30 days of comment. Please review and post comments to the wiki discussion page or email Tyler Stevens ( or me. 
Around the Federation 

[JobOpp] Ecoinformatics Job Opportunity at the National Agricultural Library (May 9-May 22, 2014)
NAL, the USDA National Agricultural Library seeks an experienced Ecoinformaticist for its Knowledge Services Division.  The individual will play a leading role in shaping programs to support the informatics and data management needs of the Long Term Agro-Ecosystem Research Initiative.  Key functions of the position include: establishing metadata and data format standards; developing and implementing data management plans for national datasets; enabling data interoperability through the implementation of ontologies and semantic technologies; developing, designing, and implementing spatial data management systems and a spatial data infrastructure.
The position is posted on USAJobs opening on Friday, May 9  and closing on Thursday, May 22, 2014.  This is a Term appointment for 13 months with the possibility of extension up to four years.  NAL is located in Beltsville, Maryland.
Direct Link to the job announcement:

Dear Colleague Letter - Supporting Scientific Discovery through Norms and Practices for Software and Data Citation and Attribution
The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program invite collaborative workshop and exploratory research (EAGER) proposals in the following areas:
  • Citation and Attribution
  • Metrics of Impact
For the entire 'Dear Colleague' Letter:

C4P Webinar on Specify Software for Collections and Lifemapper Computational PlatformTuesday, May 13, 4-5pm Eastern Time.

The topics for the next C4P Webinar are Specify Software for Collections (James Beach, University of Kansas) and Lifemapper Computational Platform (Aimee Stewart, University of Kansas). The link to the webinar is WebEx link for May 13, 4-5pm ET. If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647 Note: if you have had problems logging on to the WebEx, inform us at For all details:

ESIP Summer Meeting Details: 

In preparation for the meeting, a few details: 
  • Registration: Early registration (through June 5, 2014) 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. It is shaping up to be one of the best we've ever had with contributions from over 40 people. At this point the agenda is basically full and we will only be taking a few select additional sessions. Finally, we are finalizing plenary speakers and will share those shortly. We have confirmed Yolanda Gil, USC and Dan Katz, NSF.  
  • 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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