New Partners

ESIP accepts new partner applications each spring. Applications are
invited from any interested group, including data centers, research
institutes, educational groups, commercial interests and other
organizations that provide Earth science data and technology services.
From 2013 to 2016, ESIP accepted 47 new partner organizations. As of
March 2016, ESIP has 180 partner organizations.

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science
National Agricultural Library
Northwest Knowledge Network
Data Semantics Laboratory
American Geophysical Union
UC Berkeley Libraries
Geological Data Center, SCRIPPS
University of California Natural Reserve System
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
US Global Change Research Program GCIS Team
Liquid Robotics Inc.
Center for Research in Water Resources
University of New Mexico Library
Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies
Purdue Libraries
Marymount University
Microsoft Research
Science Exchange
Climate Data LLC
National Academy of Science
Vermont Monitoring Cooperative
Discinnet Labs
Colombian Geological Survey
Mercury Consortium
JPL Data Systems and Technology Group
Geological Survey of Alabama
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Vightel Corporation
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Knowledge Motifs
NASA Capacity Building Program
Met European Research Obs

Testbed Projects

The Testbed is a space where prototype standards, services, protocols
and best practices can be incubated and matured. ESIP supported 12
projects in the Testbed between 2013 and 2016.

Tom Narock
Dave Jones
Emily Law
John Graybeal
Emily Law
Eugene Chi
Marshall Ma
Matthew Ferritto
Matthew Ferritto
Michael Huhns, Line Pouchard
Zhipeng Gui, Jizhe Xia, Nanyin Zhou, Chaowei Yang

FUNding Friday Projects

FUNding Friday, held at the ESIP Summer Meetings, is an opportunity for
ESIP students and members to receive small grants. The Products and
Services Committee hosts an evening event for those interested in
putting together a poster (their proposal), which is the presented to
the ESIP community for review. From 2013 to 2016, ESIP awarded 19
FUNding Friday grants.

See all the winners HERE

Sean Barberie (student)
Brandon Whitehead (student)
Sarah Ramdeen (student)
Sophie Hou (student)
Soren Scott
Wade Bishop
Shelley E. Olds
Bruce Caron, Adam Shepherd
Kaijian Xu
Kelly Monteleone (student)
Kevin Dobbs (student)
Kyle Nelson (student)
Lee Hyokyung
Matt Ferrito
Annette Schloss
Denise Hills, Sarah Ramdeen
Jin Guang Zheng
Chunming Peng (student)
Emily Northrup (student)

Member Highlights

ESIP Member Highlights are short blog posts designed to highlight
something newsworthy or novel happening within an ESIP member
organization. Member Highlights also introduce new partner organizations
to the broader ESIP community. Between 2013 and 2016, 20 Member
Highlights were published.

Member Highlight: AGU
Member Highlight: CUAHSI
Member Highlight: Data Semantics Laboratory
Member Highlight: National Agricultural Library
Member Highlight: NASA Earth Observations
Member Highlight: UNAVCO
Member Highlight: SSEC 50th Anniversary
Member Highlight: Alaska Satellite Facility
Member Highlight: Kitware
Member Highlight: The Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
Member Highlight: StormCenter Communications, Inc.
Member Highlight: NCAR
Member Highlight: SERC InTeGrate
Member Highlight: NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
Member Highlight: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)
Member Highlight: The HDF Group
Member Highlight: NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
Member Highlight: Information Technology and Systems Center (ITSC) – at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Member Highlight: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
Member Highlight: Rensselaer’s Tetherless World Constellation

Scholarly Publications

The ESIP Data Stewardship Committee has worked to improve data practices
on a number of fronts for many years and remains at the forefront of
data preservation, technologies, techniques and thinking. For example,
the committee developed Data Citation Guidelines, which are now
referenced in the author instructions of the journals of the American
Geophysical Union; their use provides credit for data producers and
repositories. Most recently, through work initiated by NOAA’s Data
Maturity Matrix, the Committee is developing a uniform metric for
assessing the state of curation—access, preservation, utility for
purpose, etc.—that will work across all types of Earth science data
repositories, providing users an easier time determining what data is
suitable for their needs and repositories understand the current state
of any given data set. Their recent work has resulted in the following

  • Downs, R. R., Duerr, R., Hills, D. J., & Ramapriyan, H. K. (2015).
    Data stewardship in the Earth sciences. D-Lib, 22(7/8). doi:
  • Downs RR, Lenhardt WC, Robinson E, Davis E, Weber N (2015) Community
    Recommendations for Sustainable Scientific Software. Journal of
    Open Research Software
    , 3: e11.
  • Special Issue: Rescuing Legacy Data for Future Science
    • Hills, D. (2015). Let’s make it easy: A workflow for physical
      sample metadata rescue. GeoResJ, 6, 1-8. doi:
    • Ramdeen, S. (2015). Preservation challenges for geological data
      at state geological surveys. GeoResJ, 6, 213-220. doi:
  • Hills, D., Downs, R. R., Duerr, R., Goldstein, J. C., Parsons, M.
    A., & Ramapriyan, H. K. (2015). The importance of data set
    provenance for science. EOS, 96.
  • Hou, C.-Y. (2015) Meeting the needs of data management training: The
    Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Data
    Management for Scientists Short Course. Issues in Science and
    Technology Librarianship, 80
    . doi:
  • Mayernik, M. S. Ramamurthy, M. K., & Rauber, R. M. (2015). Data
    archiving and citation within AMS journals. Mon. Wea. Rev.,
    993–994. doi:
  • Peng, G., Privette, J. L., Kearns, E. J., Ritchey, N. A., &
    Ansari, S. (2015). A unified framework for measuring stewardship
    practices applied to digital environmental datasets. Data Science
    Journal, 13,
  • Starr J, Castro E, Crosas M, Dumontier M, Downs RR, Duerr R, Haak
    LL, Haendel M, Herman I, Hodson S, Hourclé J, Kratz JE, Lin J,
    Nielsen LH, Nurnberger A, Proell S, Rauber A, Sacchi S, Smith A,
    Taylor M, Clark T. (2015) Achieving human and machine accessibility
    of cited data in scholarly publications. PeerJ Computer Science,

Student Fellows

ESIP Student Fellows are graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth science.
Fellows learn about career paths, enhance their skillset around Earth
sciences data and informatics, and expand their professional networks.
Between 2013 and 2016, ESIP supported 16 Student Fellows from 14
different universities.

*2015-2016 *

  • Lindsay Barbieri, Earth Science Data Analytics (University
    of Vermont)
  • Sean Barberie, Disaster Lifecycle (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Sophie Hou, Data Stewardship (University of Illinois)
  • Fei Hu, Cloud Computing (George Mason University)
  • Alison Adams, Energy and Climate (University of Vermont)
  • Chris Beltz, Agriculture and Climate (University of Wyoming)
  • Sam Silva, Discovery (MIT)
  • Johanna Bozuwa, Education (Universiteit Utrecht)

*2014-2015 *

  • Lindsay Barbieri, Agriculture and Climate (University of Vermont)
  • Sean Barberie, Disaster Lifecycle (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Sophie Hou, Data Stewardship (University of Illinois)
  • Fox Peterson, EnviroSensing (Oregon State University)
  • Nic Weber, Science Software (University of Illinois)
  • Brandon Whitehead, Semantic Web (University of Auckland)


  • Reid Boehm, Agriculture and Climate (University of Tennessee)
  • Kevin Dobbs, Disaster Response (University of Kansas)
  • Kelly Monteleone, Documentation (University of New Mexico)
  • Kyle Nelson, Education (University of Wisconsin)
  • Sarah Ramdeen, Data Stewardship (University of North Carolina)
  • Nic Weber, Science Software (University of Illinois)