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ESIP Update - Feb 2

Good Morning! Quick reminder about the Community Manager position. The job description is here and please share!

The Executive Committee met in January and discussed 2015 plans, so this note is primarily an update on 2015 activities and a reminder about ESIP's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan roadmap.  

The 'Around the Federation' is repeated from last week. 

Federation News
  • Strategic Plan Roadmap Reminder 
  • 2015 ESIP Activities
  • [Job Opp] FES Community Manager (Primary Focus - ESIP)
  • Summer 2015 - Asilomar, CA - July 14-17. Visioneers meeting today 10 am PT/1 pm ET
  • ESIP 202 Recording

Around the Federation: 

  • AGU Award Nominations - Due 3/15/2015
  • RDA - Fifth Plenary, San Diego, March 9-11, 2015
    • Brokering Accessors Hack-a-Thon at RDA March 11 and 12
  • GEOSS News
    • Announcement for the release of a Call for Participation (CFP) for the AIP-8 
    • A Roundtable Discussion on Advancements in Information Technology and the Next Ten Years of the Global Earth Observation System of System


  • Today - Visioneers
  • Tues - ExCom; Discovery

If you have items for next week, questions, or general comments about ESIP, just hit reply. 

Thanks for reading!


Federation News

ESIP 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Roadmap Reminder
ESIP, led by Emily Law, ESIP VP is in the process of creating a strategic plan for 2015-2020. We have created a workspace to track progress and collect resources for the plan. 

The goals are: 
  1. Increase the use and value of Earth science data and information.
  2. Strengthen the ties between observations and user communities (e.g. technologies, research, education and applications)
  3. Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications. (e.g., feedback to sponsors – value of their investment)
  4. Position ESIP to play a major role in Earth science issues (e.g. addressing effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation), supporting sustainable science data infrastructure)
The community has identified potential actions for these goals and Emily has created a roadmap. This is open. Please add additional ideas, comment if things aren't clear and identify leads for these activities. 

2015 ESIP Activities 
At the January Executive Committee, Peter shared high level activities that ESIP will be working on over the next year. Discussion of these items can be found here from the January Excom notes
  • Strategic Plan Update 
  • Federation-Foundation Relationship
    • Revising MOU between Federation and FES 
    • ESIP Budget 
    • Gift Funding mechanism 
  • Earth Science Decadal Survey
  • Summer 2015 ESIP Meeting 
  • Partnership Update 
  • Process for handling ESIP endorsements (sign-on, ratify)
  • Other ideas?  If you have other ideas please email Peter or me. 
[Job Opp] FES Community Manager (Primary Focus - ESIP)
The Foundation for Earth Science (FES, is seeking an energetic and innovative Community Manager!  The Community Manager will primarily work with the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP, to build and scale existing community engagement efforts and will create new programs to support and grow the community. Ideal candidates should be passionate about building communities with a background in informatics, Earth/environmental sciences, communications, information and library science, or related areas.

Review of applications will begin by February 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Please address any inquiries to erinrobinson@esipfed.orgFor more information on this posting and to apply, see:

** I'd greatly appreciate your help getting the word out to the right candidates. Please forward to any friends and colleagues that may be interested. 

Summer 2015 - Asilomar, CA - July 14-17. Visioneers meeting today 10 am PT/1 pm ET
The Summer Meeting will be at Asilomar outside of Monterey, CA, July 14-17, 2015. 
Visioneers is meeting again this Monday (TODAY) at 10 PT/1 ET to continue refining the meeting theme. Visioneers is short-lived working group that convenes to brainstorm the meeting theme and new innovations for the meeting. It doesn't commit you to attend or to actually implement these ideas unless you want to.

Planning is here on the wiki: 
WebEx Details on telecon calendar (
ESIP 202 - Recording & Slides
ESIP collaborations have many kinds of support. Check out ESIP 202 to learn about the wiki, list-servs, webex and other resources to support your groups. 

Around the Federation 

AGU Award Nominations - Due 3/15/2015
Please consider nominating your colleagues (or asking your colleague to nominate you) for an AGU award. Past nominators are encouraged to refine and update unsuccessful candidate nominations, and address feedback that the nomination process now more explicitly supports.

Of note to ESIP is the Charles S. Falkenberg Award, given in "recognition of an early career, middle career or data scientist who has contributed to the quality of life, economic opportunities and stewardship of the planet through the use of Earth science information and to the public awareness of the importance of understanding our planet.” This AGU award was established in 2002 jointly with the ESIP Federation where Charles had been an active member. Nominations are due March 15.

All details:

RDA's 5th Plenary Meeting - March 9-11, 2015 
Join the Research Data Alliance at its 5th Plenary Meeting in San Diego, California from March 9 -11, 2015, at the beautiful Paradise Point Hotel.  To learn more about this event and/or register, please visit

Brokering Accessors Hack-a-Thon at RDA March 11 and 12 The RDA Brokering Interest Group, in collaboration with the NSF EarthCube project BCube, is sponsoring a Accessor Development Hack-a-Thon at the 5th RDA plenary in San Diego, CA. Accessors are the modules that add new capabilities to a brokering framework. We invite you to join our broker development team in creating new accessors to meet your specific needs. The Hack-a-Thon will take place on March 11th and 12th. Participation must be limited to 12 developers in order to ensure an effective experience. For more details follow this link. To request a place in the Hack-a-Thon, contact Siri Jodha Khalsa at

Announcement for the release of a Call for Participation (CFP) for the AIP-8 
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has announced a Call for Participation (CFP) in the 8th phase of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-8). AIP-8 aims to increase the use of GEOSS resources by end-users. An end-user might be, for example, a farmer in a developing nation whose cell phone app accesses an online service that supplies planting advice and market forecasts based on sophisticated processing of data acquired by satellites, local Internet-connected sensors, and social networks.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) provides leadership in AIP-8 and invites OGC members and other organizations to respond to the CFP. The CFP documents are available at:

A Roundtable Discussion on Advancements in Information Technology and the Next Ten Years of the Global Earth Observation System of System
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a global partnership of 97 governments and 88 organizations, is working to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) – a network of Earth observation systems, databases and models. The purpose of GEOSS is to provide access to critical  environmental information to decision-makers around the world. With the recent evolution of data & analytics technologies, as well as an increasing demand for access to data, services and information, GEO is preparing a forward-looking strategy to capitalize on the advancements in computing architecture, data  discovery, and information delivery. 

To help GEO plan its post-2015 strategy, this roundtable event will explore the options for the GEOSS architecture post 2015. It will include a discussion of partnership opportunities with commercial companies and the open-source community. 

This event will be held during the Esri Federal GIS Conference. Participation is by invitation only. Please use this link to register:
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Erin Robinson
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