[ESIP-all] ESIP Update: Winter Meeting Dates, Theme, Session Submission Open! | Around the Federation - Job Opp, EarthCube Brokering, BESSIG

Erin Robinson erinrobinson at esipfed.org
Tue Sep 18 19:32:50 EDT 2012

Hi All -

Apologies for running a bit behind with the ESIP Monday Update this week.

The major updates this week is about the ESIP Winter Meeting - January
8-10, 2013, Washington,
D.C.<http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Winter_2013_Meeting>We are
currently working on a theme in the Visioneers group. Since the
draft Climate Assessment will most likely be out, some of the suggested
themes are around using data and technology to support grand challenges
like climate. Ideas are on the
feel free to edit/add. The next Visioneers
call<http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Visioneers>is Monday, Sept. 24,
1 EDT.

*Meeting Session Submission Open: *Also, if you are interested in
submitting a session, please do so on the ESIP
Create an account, if you don't already have one, then once 'approved' and
logged in, click add meeting session at the top. Sessions often come from
ESIP collaboration areas, but if your group needs community input or you'd
like to have a working session, those are all ideal candidates for
submission. *Sessions should be submitted by Oct. 22. *Feel free to contact
Carol or me with questions.* *

*Around the Federation:*
*[Job Opp]* Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc., prime contractor on
NASA’s Software Engineering Support (SES) contract at GSFC, currently has
the following job opportunities to support ESDIS:

   - Science Data Systems Engineer
   - Senior Software Engineer/Web Developer
   - LANCE Systems Architect
   - Content Data Systems Engineer

Anyone interested in any of these position should contact Ryan Nagahiro,
Recruiting Manager at rnagahiro at columbususa.com (310-356-5660). *

*Request for Information on Existing Data and Information Mediation Services
The US National Science Foundation is developing a new data and knowledge
management system for the 21st Century, called
with a goal of providing geoscientists with the data and tools needed to
improve interdisciplinary science and education. Differences in the
attitudes, protocols and semantics used in sharing information across
scientific communities is one of the key challenges that EarthCube must
address. Solutions based on having all disciplines adopt a common discovery
and access technology are deemed unrealistic so we are looking for
instances of interdisciplinary interoperability supported by means of

If you use or know of any software or service that mediates the
interactions between multiple, heterogeneous systems to facilitate the
discovery, access, processing or semantic interpretation of data, we would
very much appreciate receiving your answers to the questions below. If you
cannot answer all the questions please provide a contact for obtaining
further information.

Your response will be most useful to us if received by September 24. Please
email your response to Siri Jodha Khalsa at khalsa at colorado.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation.

   1. What is your name, organization and contact information?
   2. What is the name of the software/service that performs mediation?
   3. In what application domain is it being used?
   4. Who created the software/service? Who currently maintains it?
   5. How is the software/service accessed? (web-based, grid-based,
   6. If the software/service supports data discovery by distributing
   queries to multiple repositories of data or information, must those
   repositories all use the same discovery protocol?
   7. Can the mediation software/service interpret records that use
   different data models or metadata standards?
   8. Does the software/service require that the repositories it accesses
   possess any common element (software, protocol, data model, etc.)?
   9. Can the software/service itself be accessed via different protocols?
   10. Does software/service provide direct access to data after discovery?
   11. Can the software/service mediate between different ontologies,
   vocabularies, or natural languages?
   12. Is there a maximum number of different sources that the
   software/service can support? How many concurrent users can it support?
   What are typical response times during interactive sessions? What are its
   known performance bottlenecks?
   13. Can the software/service orchestrate the connection and execution of
   heterogeneous workflows/processing services?
   14. Will the software work in a high performance computing or non-web

*BLAST (BESSIG Lively Activists Speaking Topically), Wednesday, Sept. 19
4-6 pm *

   - Anna Milan, NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC, "Metadata for the Archive: Transition to
   ISO, Approaches, Challenges, and Opportunities"
   - Dave Fulker, President, OPeNDAP, Inc., "A (Very) Rough Idea: Raster
   Binning and Masking Services"

Please see this page for complete information, including abstracts:

*Telecons this week:  <http://esipfed.org/telecons>*
Wednesday - Documentation, Drupal
Thursday - Education
Friday - ESIP Commons

If you have updates for next week, please send by Sunday.

Best -

*Erin Robinson*
Information and Virtual Community Director
Foundation for Earth Science | 314.369.9954 | erinrobinson at esipfed.org
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