ESIP Annual Report
The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a non-profit, community-driven organization that advances the use of Earth science data through meetings and virtual collaborations around topics such as data stewardship, information technology and interoperability, and application areas like disaster response, climate, energy and agriculture.In 2015, the work of our community enabled science, data and information technology practitioners to confront the myriad, complex challenges in their fields; these efforts benefit ESIP partners and all members of the Earth science data community. Our community also continues to grow and attract new partners. ESIP now consists of 173 member organizations; 16 of these were added in 2015.
ESIP also supports and provides professional development opportunities for early career researchers through our Student Fellows program, FUNding Friday mini-grant competition and Robert G. Raskin Scholarship. We engage K-16 educators and students in STEM education initiatives through professional development workshops and other activities involving our partners.
This past year, ESIP began implementation of its 2015–2020 Strategic Plan, which sets a firm agenda to increase data use, advance science and encourage collaborations across institutions and sectors. Moving forward, ESIP will identify new ways to bridge the gap between technical communities and the public by improving the availability and usefulness of Earth science data; increase collaboration across traditional agency, discipline and sector boundaries; and improve society through the application of Earth and environmental science data and information.
Each of these initiatives and activities result in new knowledge, and the development of standards and best practices that make data discoverable, accessible and usable by scientists, decision-makers and the public. ESIP’s status as a leading collaboration network has made it the go-to place to forge consensus on emerging data-related topics.