1. ESIP Summer Meeting Takes Science Data and Services to New Heights

ESIP Summer Meeting Takes Science Data and Services to New Heights

Data experts from across the country are gathering in Frisco, CO, to discuss the latest developments in Earth science data sharing, storage, and display at the ESIP Summer Meeting July 8-11.

News date: 07/08/2014

More than 300 members of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), including more than 80 NASA-affiliated data systems experts, are gathering this week in the 9,000 foot-high Rocky Mountain town of Frisco, CO, for the ESIP Summer Meeting July 8-11. The theme of the meeting is Linking it Together: Sustainable Software Advancing Science Data and Services, and attendees will participate in a variety of activities designed to foster better ways to share, store, and display scientific data.

“The breadth and depth of sessions at this ESIP Summer Meeting reflects an increasing maturity of the organization and also of the community of collaborators that come together voluntarily because they experience and understand the benefits that ESIP convenes,” says ESIP President Dr. Peter Fox.

The ESIP Federation was founded by NASA in 1998 in response to a request to develop a new, distributed structure for the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) that would be managed by the Earth science community, and includes federal data centers, government research laboratories, research universities, and various nonprofit and commercial enterprises dedicated to developing methods to make Earth science data easy to preserve, locate, access, and use. The ESIP Federation is part of the nonprofit Foundation for Earth Science, which supports organizations involved in Earth science data by providing a collaborative infrastructure, development services, and event planning.

The ESIP Federation’s annual Summer Meeting focuses on technical aspects of Earth science data and provides an invaluable forum to discuss the latest advances in Earth data system development for NASA as well as for the ESIP’s more than 130 member organizations.

“We are really fortunate to have so many groups collocate with ESIP [at this week’s Summer Meeting],” notes Erin Robinson, the Foundation for Earth Science Information and Virtual Community Director. “Including the DataOne User Group, the Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol [OPeNDAP’s] first Developer Workshop in seven years, the Long Term Ecological Research Network’s Data Manager Workshop, a National Science Foundation EarthCube conceptual Design workshop, and the Human Development Foundation workshop.”

Keynote speakers include Dr. Yolanda Gil, Director of the Knowledge Technologies Group at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute; Dr. James Howison, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information; Dr. Daniel Katz, a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory and a Program Director at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure; and Dr. Jeff Morisette, Director of the Department of the Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center.

Scheduled breakout sessions cover a wide range of software and data collection topics, including software metrics, attribution of software and source code, data preservation, and building community around a software package. A half-day session is devoted to Agile software development practices, and a two-day Software Carpentry Boot Camp gives attendees an excellent opportunity to learn basic coding and lab skills for scientific computing.

The meeting features many relevant technical and applied activities for NASA attendees, including an entire Earth Science Data System Working Groups (ESDSWG) track on July 10; a session on NASA’s U.S. Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and their work coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS); and a session showcasing the H5Py Python interface for the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF), which facilitates the storage of huge amounts of numerical data.

For more information about the ESIP Summer Meeting, go to http://commons.esipfed.org/2014SummerMeeting or check out the Twitter hashtag #ESIPFed. For more information about the ESIP, go to www.esipfed.org.

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