[ESIP-all] Hello!

Annie Burgess annieburgess at esipfed.org
Thu May 7 11:51:51 EDT 2015

Hello ESIP!

My name is Annie Bryant Burgess and I’m your new Community Director! My 
first week on the job included participating in the ESIP Testbed Meeting 
<http://testbed.esipfed.org/> and spending time with Erin R. as she got me 
up to speed on everything ESIP.  Now I’m excited to start connecting with 
all of you.

First, a little bit of background. My career has straddled the divide 
between Earth Science and informatics for the past 10 years. Most recently, 
I finished a Postdoc at the University of Southern California with Dr. 
Chris Mattmann. While at USC, my main task was to develop software for the 
unique needs of the Polar science community, specifically, expanding text 
and metadata extraction for scientific data formats.

However, I really entered the world of informatics during my PhD when faced 
by challenges in processing and distributing the immense amounts of data 
produced by my research, which focused on satellite remote sensing and snow 
hydrology. Fortunately, I was lucky. I had the opportunity to collaborate 
with a group of computer scientists at NASA/JPL who taught me about 
workflows, software best practices, data management, version control, ... 
the list could go on. This all happened while my peers were faced with 
surmounting challenges related to data production and management on their 

Through this experience, I've come to know the power of connecting Earth 
scientists with the right data, software, and computing skills. This is 
where I see my roll at ESIP.  I will utilize my technical savvy and 
community-building experience to propel ESIP forward, building on the 
incredible momentum within the community! 

I look forward to connecting with all of you over the next many months and 
at this summer's meeting <http://commons.esipfed.org/2015SummerMeeting> in 
Pacific Grove!



*Annie Bryant Burgess*
Community Director
Federation of Earth Science Information Partners
www: http://esipfed.org/
twitter: @esipfed
mobile: 585.738.7549
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