ESIP is an independent forum used to address topics of interest to the Earth science data and technology community, such as data management, data citation and documentation. The work of the ESIP community is advanced through our collaboration areas, where participants contribute their expertise toward resolving common problems of the Earth science data and technology community.
The three types of collaboration areas within ESIP are Committees, Working Groups and Clusters, which range from formal (Committees) to less formal (Working Groups and Clusters).
Anyone interested in working in one or more of the collaboration areas listed below is welcome to participate in the monthly telecons; participation does not require your organization to be an ESIP member. More information on the committees and when their telecons take place is on their respective pages.
If you're interested in forming a new cluster, contact ESIP Vice President Christine White, email@example.com.
To stay up to date with collaboration area activities and general ESIP happenings, check out the collaboration area updates on our blog, sign up for our weekly Monday Update and the ESIP-All list-serv.
In the list below, click the first link to visit the collaboration area's Wiki and the second to sign up for their mailing list.
The purpose of ESIP’s Agriculture and Climate Cluster is to foster a better understanding within and outside the ESIP community about the value of applying agriculture-related data to the impacts of, and mitigation efforts for, climate change; the systems and services used to develop those data; and the problems and solutions available for managing the data. Past activities have provided opportunities for mutual education and cross-collaboration among U.S. national and international organizations that produce and apply agriculture and climate-related data. These organizations include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Program Office, the USDA Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Network, the USDA Climate Hubs, the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), Climate.org, and others.
Chairs: Nancy Hoebelheinrich, Knowledge Motifs; Bill Teng, NASA
Student Fellow: Chris Beltz
Climate Education Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The Climate Education Cluster improves climate literacy to enable responsible actions that can mitigate climate change. The Cluster supports climate education initiatives such as the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway projects, CLEAN-New England, several NASA Global Climate Change Education projects and the NOAA Climate Stewards program.
Chairs: Margaret Mooney, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies; Tamara Ledley, TERC/CLEAN Network
Cloud Computing Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The Cloud Computing Cluster’s goal is to help ESIP members understand better cloud computing. The work of the Cluster enables ESIP partners to share experiences of adopting cloud computing, making data and service available, and integrating systems through cloud platforms. The Cluster provides professional suggestions and guidance to ESIP members for what cloud computing can do or how cloud computing can help when they seek for cloud solutions, and fosters collaborative research on cloud computing architecture, reference model, and relevant new technologies.
Chair: Phil Yang, George Mason University
Student Fellow: Fei Hu
Data Stewardship Committee | Subscribe to Listserv
The Data Stewardship Committee develops and fosters practices and standards in the field of Earth science informatics with a focus on providing stewardship to Earth science system data, thereby aiming to facilitate their long-term management, preservation and curation. The Committee's members represent and participate in various US and International data stewardship organizations. Additionally, the Committee members collaborate extensively in activities spanning data science and earth system observations, including through the Committee's monthly telecons and academic publications. Through these efforts, Committee members contribute their expertise to assist ESIP in achieving its strategic goals, and assist in sharing and exchanging their experience and lessons learned from the ESIP community.
Chairs: Justin Goldstein, U.S. Global Change Research Program; H.K. "Rama" Ramapriyan, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
Student Fellow: Sophie Hou
Disaster Lifecycle Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The objective of the Disaster Lifecyle Cluster is to facilitate connections and coordinate efforts among data providers, managers and developers of disaster response systems and tools, and end-user communities within ESIP.
Chair: Karen Moe, NASA; Emily Law, NASA
Student Fellow: Sean Barberie
Discovery Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The Discovery Cluster began as the Federated Search Cluster in 2009 to address the problem of discovering Earth science data over the widest possible variety of data providers. In keeping with the federated aspect of the ESIP at large, a federated search solution was developed based on the OpenSearch conventions. In January of 2011, the Federated Search Cluster was broadened to include subscription based ("casting") methods of discovery, at which point it was renamed the Discovery Cluster. The Discovery Cluster works to develop usable solutions to the problem of distributed and diverse providers, leveraging existing standards, conventions and technologies, with a predilection for simple solutions that have a high likelihood of voluntary adoption.
Chairs: David Neufeld, NOAA: Doug Newman, NASA
Student Fellow: Sam Silva
Documentation Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The goal of the Documentation Cluster is to improve understanding, utilization and integration of all of the multiple metadata dialects used in the global environmental community. Equally important, we will work in the spaces between these dialects to build understanding from the similarities and differences between them. A dialect is a "variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group". In the context of data sharing in ESIP, the ways that different groups document their data and products (i.e. metadata standards) are great examples of dialects. They are varieties of the overarching language of documentation that are used by particular groups in ESIP and other partners in the global environmental community.
Chairs: Ted Habermann, HDF Group; Anna Milan, NOAA
Drone Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
In response to a growing interest in the use of drones, unmanned aerial systems or UAS, in the Earth sciences, the Drone Cluster is focused on understanding, communicating and furthering the development and use of drones as tools for science research. While there are currently various challenges around using UAS, the existing and anticipated advantages mean that firstly the domain is swelling with innovation, and secondly that UASs are expected to become a standard piece of field equipment for scientists. The Cluster is exploring Drones with the ESIP community in two ways: (1) as tools for Earth science applications and research, and (2) as instruments with unique data management and standardization challenges. As a new cluster we are welcoming all participants and input as to how we can best operate within ESIP.
Chairs: Lindsay Barbieri, University of Vermont Ph.D. student; Jane Wyngaard, NASA JPL Postdoctoral Student
Drupal Working Group | Subscribe to Listserv
Drupal is a key open-source web framework enabling science teams to collaborate, communicate and manage metadata. The Drupal working group, known as Science on Drupal, is where scientists, communicators and data managers can come to find out more about Drupal. We meet to share knowledge, provide support and collaborate on identifying and architecting shared solutions to common problems for Science on Drupal. The group hosts two monthly meetups: (1) a webinar on the fourth Wednesday of the month to learn about new technologies, share case studies and keep up to date on projects, and (2) office hours on the second Wednesday of the month for collaborative planning and code sprints. From metadata to citations, publications and mapping, the Drupal working group helps its members improve data sharing and reuse, practise software sustainability and learn tools and workflows to effectively communicate the value of Earth science data. Join us to discuss how Drupal and science can work together.
Chairs: David Bassendine, Blue Dot Labs; Adam Shepherd, Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office/WHOI
Earth Science Data Analytics Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The mission of the Earth Science Data Analytics Cluster is to promote a common understanding of the usefulness of, and activities that pertain to, Data Analytics and more broadly, the data scientist;. We facilitate collaborations between organizations that seek new ways to better understand the cross usage of heterogeneous datasets and organizations/individuals who can provide accommodating data analytics expertise, now and as the needs evolve into the future. We also identify gaps that, once filled, will further collaborative activities. The Cluster provides a forum for academic discussions that allow ESIP members to be better educated and on the same page in understanding the various aspects of Data Analytics.
Chairs: Steve Kempler, NASA; Tiffany Mathews, NASA
Student Fellow: Lindsay Barbieri
Education Committee | Subscribe to Listserv
The Education Committee is a standing committee whose purpose is to make accessible to educators and learners at all levels in both formal and informal educational contexts the Earth science data, information, tools, and curricula available within ESIP. Its roles are:
• To promote and facilitate the development and dissemination of Earth science educational products, information, and tools to a broad user community using the wealth of Earth science data and expertise available in ESIP
• To promote and facilitate the collaboration of multiple ESIP’s to develop educational applications of Earth science data products, information, and tools
• To provide a central organization for ESIP educational materials to facilitate and standardize dissemination and distribution
• To develop collaborative relationships with other organizations involved in educational activities
Chairs: LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA; Preston Lewis, Science Systems and Applications Inc.
Student Fellow: Johanna Bozuwa
Energy and Climate Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The objective of the Energy and Climate Cluster is to facilitate interactions and build better connections, both technical and interpersonal, among policy and decision makers, climate change and energy data providers, decision support tool providers, and end users. We do this through multiple targeted activities, including the coordination of U.S.-based activities in support of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) energy work program task, formulating case studies for the US Climate Resilience Toolkit in collaboration with the Agriculture and Climate cluster, improving access to energy-relevant Earth observations, and advancing end-user engagement and education. Among the topics we discuss are the energy-water-climate nexus; climate change impacts on energy supply and demand; predictions, projections and uncertainty quantification; and renewable energy planning. Our activities are carried out through sessions organized at ESIP meetings and by individuals who share progress through our monthly telecons.
Chairs: Richard Eckman, NASA; Erica Zell, Battelle
EnviroSensing | Subscribe to Listserv
The EnviroSensing Collaboration Area was organized around the need to create resource guides to assist environmental research efforts in developing deployment strategies for real-time sensor networks. Sensor networks are commonly deployed at environmental research locations and require management of subsequent large volumes of near real-time data. A working group of practitioners experienced in the entire life cycle of streaming sensor data, including sensor network establishment, data transmission, data storage, quality control and assurance and data access, has developed a best practices guide for managing sensor networks and data.
Chairs: Don Henshaw, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; Janet Fredericks, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution
Student Fellow: Alison Adams
Information Quality Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The objective of Information Quality Cluster is to bring together people from various disciplines to assess aspects of quality of remote sensing data. We will be learning and sharing best practices with a goal to build a framework for consistent capture, harmonization, and presentation of data quality for the purposes of climate change studies, earth science and applications. The efforts and goals of this cluster are not predefined and are motivated by the participants of the cluster, so new ideas and participants are always welcome.
Chairs: H. K. "Rama" Ramapriyan, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.; David Moroni, NASA; Ge Peng, NOAA
Information Technology and Interoperability Committee | Subscribe to Listserv
The Information Technology and Interoperability Committee is a standing committee created to:
• Ensure that data, information and services can be readily exchanged and integrated to improve Earth science data, information, products and services;
• Encourage the use of standards and protocols relevant to interoperability;
• Encourage the use of best information technology practices to ensure the quality, usability and breadth of standards and protocols relevant to interoperability.
Chairs: Ethan Davis, UCAR; Rich Signell, USGS
Chair: Line Pouchard, Purdue University Libraries
Products and Services Committee | Subscribe to Listserv
Products and Services (P&S), as a standing ESIP committee, is tasked with promoting the use and development of best science practices within the ESIP community. We provide a forum for the community to develop and evaluate science products and services to benefit ESIP members and the larger Earth science community. These activities are ongoing through the ESIP Testbed, as incubator and technology assessment platform, and the annual FUNding Friday grants.
Chair: Soren Scott, Ronin Institute for Independent Scholars
Science Communication Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
The mission of the Science Communication (Scicomm) Cluster is to help improve the understanding of science overall, as well as Earth science and data science in particular, both within and outside of ESIP. We bring together people from various disciplines to improve science communication by providing a forum for discussion and developing resources to better train scientists in the art of science communication. Specific goals and objectives will evolve with the interests and strengths of active cluster members.
Chair: Denise Hills, Geological Survey of Alabama
- To encourage and promote research and development of semantic technologies in support of Earth science data management, data discovery, data dissemination and data analysis.
- To collaborate with ESIP members, working groups, clusters and committees to identify semantic methods and tools that support the adoption of semantic technologies within ESIP and across its member organizations.
- To foster sharing and reuse of ontologies and controlled vocabularies within ESIP and its member organizations.
- To provide a collaborative environment for the development of ontology-based standards and controlled vocabularies.
- To maintain a long-term agenda and roadmap for integration and evaluation of semantic projects within ESIP.
- To collaborate with external groups and agencies, including international organizations, on behalf of ESIP in regards to semantic technologies and furthering the aforementioned roles.
Chairs: Tom Narock, Marymount University; Beth Huffer, Lingua Logica
Sustainable Data Management Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
This group formed in late 2015 to investigate pathways for sustainable increased collaboration and coordination in the area of environmental data management that will benefit both research networks and also individual investigators. The group has three major activities: Developing a framework for describing Return on Investment (ROI) in data repositories; describing the landscape of data services offered by repositories, to identify gaps; and defining a Common Technical Vision to sustain data, rather than the repositories themselves.
Chair: Margaret O’Brien, University of California Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute
Usability Cluster | Subscribe to Listserv
This cluster aims to discuss the applicability of using User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) principles and techniques in evaluating and enhancing the services offered by data archives/repositories. In particular, the cluster will review usability principles and common usability evaluation techniques as well as the different areas in which these principles and techniques could be applied in a data archive/repository setting. The cluster will also collect and annotate usability resources, such as usability evaluation tools and relevant conference/publications, as well as perform usability case studies. Ultimately, the cluster aims to demonstrate through practical examples that UI/UX analysis and design need not be burdensome in order to yield immediate results and that these experiences could be shared with the great community to enhance user interactions with the data archives/repositories as a whole.
Chairs: Sophie Hou, NCAR and Madison Langseth, USGS
Visioneers Working Group | Subscribe to Listserv
The Visioneers is an ad hoc working group that plans, evaluates and oversees the biannual ESIP meetings in January and July. Visioneers is open to anyone interested in helping the meeting development and evaluation process to process smoothly. New ideas, input and feedback are always welcome. The Visioneers meet monthly (sometimes more often) as a telecon as long as is necessary to ensure that the meeting agenda and logistics are well established.
Chairs: Steve Diggs, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Denise Hills, Geological Survey of Alabama