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ESIP UPDATE: 05.18.2020

Hello ESIP,

The agenda for the ESIP Summer Meeting (ONLINE, July 14-24th) is shaping up nicely. There will be something for everyone and numerous ways for you to share your work and collaborate with others:
  • 50+ Community-Contributed Breakout Sessions (thanks to contributors!)
  • 4 Plenary Sessions
  • FUNding Friday
  • Research Showcase
  • ...and more!
ESIP staff and leaders are zeroing in on tools and techniques to make sure we push the envelope and realize the full possibilities of a virtual meeting. We hope you will plan on joining us!

ESIP Lab Director, Annie Burgess, recently announced the ESIP Lab Spring RFP. The opportunity will fund projects that lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out. Projects should last 6 – 8 months and have a maximum budget of $10,000. Learn more, including the several priority areas of focus that have been identified here.

Last week's Putting Data to Work Webinar hosted by the IT&I Committee about CUAHSI HydroShare drew a large crowd. If you missed it, you can watch the recording at https://youtu.be/UvCDhHWFOT0.


Do you have news you would like to see featured in a Monday Update? Let me know at any time.

Have a great week,
Megan


Megan Carter Orlando
Community Director
ESIP 
This Week's Collaboration Area Telecons:
  • Monday: Partnership
  • Tuesday: Governance
  • Wednesday: Semantic Harmonization; Community Resilience
  • Thursday: Research Object Citation; Education; Discovery
See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description.
ESIP News

ESIP Summer Meeting Breakout Schedule Released
Preparations for the ESIP Summer Meeting are in full swing. As shared previously, it will be a virtual event held July 14th-24th. A very full and exciting community-contributed breakout schedule and plenary lineup can now be viewed in Sched at https://2020esipsummermeeting.sched.com/. ESIP staff and leaders continue to research tools and techniques to make sure we push the envelope with this virtual event. If you have any questions, please contact staff@esipfed.org. We will share more details, including registration information in the coming weeks.


ESIP Lab Spring Request for Proposals OPEN Now (Due 7/1)
The ESIP Lab supports the Earth science community in building innovative, applied technologies through funding and community input. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out. Projects should last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. Proposals that address the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for Earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing Earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.
  • Linked open data techniques and methods, particularly harmonization of disparate information about the same identified objects and entities.
Although this RFP will give priority to proposals addressing the bulleted topics above, other high-quality proposals will also be given consideration. Read the full RFP here.

More News

Essay Competition: Open Data Challenges to Address Global and Societal Issues
CODATA Connect Early Career and Alumni Network in collaboration with the CODATA Data Science Journal (DSJ) is organizing an Essay Competition for Early Career Researchers (ECR) on Open Data Challenges to Address Global and Societal Issues now through 6/30. Learn more here. Potential topics may include:

  • Participants interested in disseminating information on research data in the sciences, humanities and the arts using essays as the medium are welcome to apply.
  • Topics might include but not limited to human health, climate change, resilience, etc. 
  • Essays which discuss the necessary limits in openness are also in scope and are welcome (e.g. personal health information, indigenous sovereignty etc.)
  • Essays that discuss the challenges in making data as open as possible and how such data can be used to address global and societal issues (Crime, Disease, Governance, etc.)
  • Essays might discuss challenges at any point in the data lifecycle and in relation to any of a number of global and societal challenges.  
  • We discourage essays that simply present well known and generic arguments in favor of open data.   
  • Essays are encouraged to use local or specific examples for the benefits of open data and to discuss how challenges can be overcome in both specific circumstances and more globally.  

Trustworthy Data Working Group Survey
You are invited to complete a short survey about scientific data security concerns and practices. The working group is a collaborative effort of Trusted CI, the four NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs, the NSF CI CoE Pilot, the Ostrom Workshop on Data Management and Information Governance, the NSF Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC), the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, the Open Storage Network, and others. The goal of the working group is to understand scientific data security concerns and provide guidance on ensuring the trustworthiness of data. The purpose of this survey is to 1) improve broad understanding of the range of data security concerns and practices for open science; provide input and help shape new guidance for science projects and cyberinfrastructure providers; serve as an opportunity to consider local data security concerns during a voluntary, follow-up interview. Please visit https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/281601 to complete the survey. Please visit https://trustedci.org/trustworthy-data for updated information about the study. Questions: contact Jim Basney at jbasney@illinois.edu

Earth Lab Professional Certificate in Earth Data Analytics
If you're looking to gain skills in earth data science and scientific programming, consider the Earth Data Analytics - Foundations professional certificate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This 9 credit program can be completed entirely online or in person over a ten month period from August through June. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 (priority application deadline is 7/13). The certificate consists of three sequential courses. It provides you with the fundamental skills required to work in the rapidly growing field of earth data science. Graduates will be prepared to launch or advance careers as data scientists, data analysts, GIS/geospatial analysts, remote sensing scientists, or product managers, among other careers. The certificate is appropriate for recent graduates, experienced earth science professionals, and career changers. You can find the entirety of the content covered in the first two courses of the certificate on earthdatascience.org. This content is completely free and available for you to work through on your own time. For more information, please visit this website.


SEDAC Global COVID-19 Viewer
A new mapping tool shows the density of population in relation to reported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases at country and sub-national levels, and lets users obtain estimates of the number of people by age and sex in an area of interest, including areas not currently reporting large numbers of cases. Developed by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), the SEDAC Global COVID-19 Viewer: Population Estimates by Age Group and Sex has the unique capability of letting users retrieve age and sex structure data for any area, including across country boundaries or within countries. Learn more at https://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/mapping/popest/covid-19/.

Making Innovative Use of NASA Satellite Data to Address Environmental, Economic, and/or Societal Impacts of COVID-19
NASA's Earth Science Division would like to call the attention of the Earth Science research, applications, and data systems communities to Program Element A.28 "Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science" (RRNES) of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2020 as an opportunity to propose investigations making innovative use of NASA satellite data to address regional-to-global environmental, economic, and/or societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential proposals may address R&A-related topics more fundamental in underlying physical and/or biological sciences (including possible connections to socioeconomic activities) and/or ASP-related topics characterizing impacts of decisions or efforts to inform decision makers on regional-to-global levels in their responses to mitigate the impacts of the disease. While proposed studies must use NASA satellite data and information products as a primary source of information and research tools, they may also utilize remote sensing data and products from government agencies, international, or commercial sources.  Studies utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques including Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are encouraged. For any questions about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Laura Lorenzoni of ESD at (202) 358-0917 or by Email at laura.lorenzoni@nasa.gov.

Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Summer 2020 Student Interns
SGCI welcomes organizations interested in hosting an intern to do gateway-related development during the summer of 2020 to submit an application to request an intern (https://sciencegateways.org/engage/internships#hostintern) by May 29, 2020. Due to COVID-19, all internship placements will be virtual this summer. SGCI's Workforce Development service area can either select an intern for you, or you can recommend a student that you'd like to work with. If you decide to recommend a student, you'll need to provide their details on the form. In order to accommodate as many students as possible, full or partial funding through the host institution is requested but not required. Questions? Send them to nayiri@umich.edu or help@sciencegateways.org.

Gateways 2020 Call for Participation
Call for Participation: Gateways 2020 (October 19–21, Bethesda, Maryland) is now accepting submissions of short papers, demos, panels, tutorials, and workshops on the topic of gateways for science, engineering, or other disciplines. Popular topics include: gateway design, use, impact, development processes, sustainability, or best practices, educational topics (tutorials, demos) directed toward the next generation of gateway creators as well as gateways used for education; Any other aspect interesting to fellow gateway creators or users, such as emerging capabilities, approaches or technologies; and Learning Labs (impromptu group discussions and gatherings) will also be welcoming early submissions as well as on-site proposed topics. See more details, including submission deadlines here.


NCEAS Training on Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis
Registration is open for a new intensive, five-day immersion course “Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis” (8/17-8/21 in Santa Barbara, CA). The course, which will happen quarterly, will enable environmental researchers across career stages and sectors to gain fundamental data science skills in support of open, reproducible research techniques. Major course foci will include managing data to enable better reuse, building reproducible workflows using R and git, and communicating results within the framework of synthesis science. This is an opportunity for students, researchers, data managers, and others to reinforce or expand their learning and become familiar with current best practices and tools in data science and open science. These skills will enable you to maximize your productivity, share your data effectively, and accelerate the scientific community’s ability to work together on solving important questions about the natural environment and our interactions with it. Learn more and apply by 7/20 here.

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