Preview: SSEC Member Highlight, upcoming ESIP highlights, registration OPEN for ESIP Winter Meeting, student opportunities, BESSIG meeting, and telecon reminders. 

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ESIP Update: September 21, 2015

Hi ESIP - The University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year - 12 of those years they have been a member of ESIP! Check out our new Member Highlight of SSEC here!

Stay tuned for upcoming ESIP Member Highlights featuring NASA Earth Observations (NEO) and UNAVCO. We will also be featuring ESIP Interviews with UNAVCO director Chuck Meertens, Kevin Ward with NEO and Denise Hills, program director, Energy Investigations at the Geological Survey of Alabama.

If you have any items you'd like to see included in next week's update, including ESIP members you'd like to see highlighted, hit reply or email me at - Annie
Federation News:
  • Registration for the ESIP Winter Meeting is OPEN
  • ESIP Student Opportunities
Around the Federation:
  • Today (21st) in Boulder - BESSIG Meeting
  • Monday: Data Stewardship
  • Tuesday: Envirosensing, Semantic Web
  • Wednesday: Drupal
  • Thursday: Energy and Climate
  • Friday: Education
Link to ESIP's meeting calendar here.

Federation News
Winter Meeting Registration is now OPEN
Winter Meeting registration is open. The early member rate is $415 and for non-member organizations, the rate is $550. Both rates will go up $100 around Dec. 15, to $515 and $655, respectively. There is a 1-day registration for $200 and a discounted rate for students. 

A block of rooms at the Wardman Park Marriott are available for $179/night. Hotel reservations can be made online. The room block will expire Dec. 21, 2015 or when the block is full, whichever comes first.

We are still planning the theme and identifying plenary speakers, as details are available, they will be added to the meeting page. If you are interested in contributing to the meeting theme please join the Visioneers list-serv

ESIP Student Opportunities
Student Fellows:
ESIP Student Fellows are graduate students interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Student fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities. The Scholarship will provide a $2000 stipend and travel support to the ESIP Federation bi-annual meetings.

Raskin Scholarship:
The Raskin Scholarship will be awarded annually to a current graduate or post-graduate student in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences.  Special attention will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in semantics, GIS, cyberinfrastructure and computing in the geosciences. The Scholarship will provide a $2000 stipend and travel support to the ESIP Federation bi-annual meetings. The Raskin Scholar will have an invited talk covering their field of interest at the ESIP Summer Meeting.

To learn more about the Student Fellows program and Raskin Scholarship visit:

Around the Federation
Today in Boulder - BESSIG Meeting
If you happen to be in Boulder TODAY, please consider joining us at the September meeting of the Boulder Earth and Space Science Informatics Group (BESSIG) when Matt Mayernik, from the UCAR Library, will present: 

Ontology Reuse in Geoscience Semantic Applications

"Interplays between local ontology development and the establishment of wider ontology connections are fundamental to the Semantic web. This presentation will discuss the goals and work of the EarthCollab project, focusing on ontology selection, consolidation, and reuse driven by geoscience use cases. The EarthCollab project is a collaboration between UCAR, Cornell University, and UNAVCO to leverage semantic technologies to manage and link geoscientific information and resources. We are using the VIVO semantic web software suite to support the discovery of information, data, and potential collaborators within the geodesy and polar science communities.

We will present our ontology design approach, which is heavily emphasizing ontology reuse, and how the different needs of each use case have informed our ontology selection and design. In specific, we will discuss our approach to bringing together the VIVO-Integrated Semantic Framework (VIVO-ISF) ontology, the Global Change Information System (GCIS) ontology, and the Data Catalog (DCAT) ontology, among others, using the VIVO application. We are interested in engaging the BESSIG community in discussions around 1) key decision points for new semantic web applications in deciding when to reuse existing ontologies and when to develop original ontologies, 2) the benefits and drawbacks of using and expanding existing ontologies."

More information is available here.

Come on by!

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Annie Burgess
Community Director
Foundation for Earth Science | 585.738.7549 |

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