[ESIP-all] ESIP Federation Meeting

Carol Meyer carolbmeyer at esipfed.org
Wed Jul 17 16:29:14 EDT 2013

*ESIP Federation Meeting Highlights Data Practices **as they Relate to
Disaster Management*

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*July 16, 2013 *—The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP
Federation) met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to advance the work of its
data practitioner community. Hosted by Renci (http://renci.org) at the
University of North Carolina, the meeting focused on bringing together
communities to improve Earth science data management practices and
coordinate efforts to make data more discoverable, accessible and useful to

Forging ahead with goals of collaboration and coordination, the meeting’s
plenary on Wednesday, July 10 provided a platform for three funded software
sustainability planning projects to share their respective visions on the
need for more intentional and reusable scientific software development.
According to Karl Benedict, ESIP Federation President, “The 3 panelists
(Stan Ahalt, Renci, Peter Fox, RPI and Bryan Heidorn, University of
Arizona) all put forward compelling visions for their institutes. The focus
on quality, performance and reusability of scientific software were common
themes across the projects and of great interest to the ESIP Federation

In the second panel of the plenary, the ESIP Federation’s initiative to
promote a Data Decadal Survey at the National Academy of Sciences was
discussed by Dan Baker, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the
University of Colorado, Stan Ahalt, Renci at the University of North
Carolina, Todd Vision, University of North Carolina and Dryad, and Michael
Tiemann, Red Hat. President Benedict noted, “The Data Decadal Survey is an
exciting opportunity for ESIP to inform the future of scientific data. It
plays on the strengths that ESIP already provides enabling an authoritative
cyclical process that will identify both challenges and potential solutions
in Earth science data management, access and use. A Data Decadal Survey
will provide additional focus and amplify synergies among disparate Earth
science data groups..”

Additional meeting activities included an ESIP Federation showcase on data
informing disaster management at the North Carolina Museum of Natural
Sciences and numerous breakout sessions highlighting the breadth and depth
of technical ESIP Federation activities.

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a
broad-based, distributed community of Earth science data and information
technology practitioners that leverage collaboration and coordinate
interoperability efforts across institutional, geographic and domain
boundaries. Partners utilize these independent forums for knowledge
exchange and collaboration – an intellectual commons – where practitioners
solve common challenges. Partnership in the ESIP Federation is open to
organizations that work at the intersection of Earth science data and
supporting technologies.

ESIP Federation membership is strictly voluntary and its continued growth
reflects the recognition that the ESIP Federation is a dynamic and
collaborative forum where data providers (Type 1 ESIP), researchers (Type 2
ESIP) and application developers (Type 3 ESIP) gather to exchange valuable
information.   According to Benedict, “The ESIP Federation welcomes anyone
who has an interest in improving the way data is served up, accessed and
ultimately used.”

The ESIP Federation is a consortium of Earth science data and technology
professionals spanning government (NASA, NOAA, EPA, USGS, NSF), academia
and the private sectors (both commercial and nonprofit). The organization
is dedicated to transforming research data and information into useful and
usable data and information products for scientists, decision makers,
policy makers and the public. Initiated by NASA in 1997, the ESIP
Federation provides data, products and services to decision makers and
researchers in public and private settings. The Foundation for Earth
Science provides management services to the ESIP Federation.


Carol B Meyer
Executive Director
Foundation for Earth Science
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