As an organization, the ESIP Federation optimizes collaboration through in-person meetings and virtually through collaboration space on the Web. Partners utilize these neutral forums for knowledge exchange and collaboration–an intellectual commons of sorts–where practitioners solve common problems. This community-based approach is discipline neutral, with the technology solutions supporting science by improving discovery, access, integration and interoperability.
The ESIP Federation meets twice annually, January and July. Each meeting has a different focus. The winter meeting, held the first week of January in Washington, DC has a focus on higher level policy issues. The summer meeting, typically held in the third week of July moves around the country to different locations. The summer meeting is technical in nature. The meetings supplement interactions throughout the year by offering concentrated blocks of time to work collaboratively on issues of interest to the community. Each meeting has a theme, ranging from evaluating the impacts of data to defining data and information quality. Feel free to join us at an upcoming ESIP Federation meeting.
ESIP Summer Meeting - July 9-12, 2013 Chapel Hill, NC, Hosted by Renci/UNC
Date: July 9-12, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Venue: The 2013 Summer ESIP Federation Meeting will be held at the University of North Carolina's Friday Center. One afternoon will be spent at the NC Museum of Natural History. A block of rooms are available at the Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill. There are two rates, one for civil servants and one for non-feds. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel and mentioning the Foundation Earth Science block. Reservations can be made online:
- King: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/RDUCH?groupCode=FESFESA&app=resvli...
- Queen: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/RDUCH?groupCode=FESFESB&app=resvli...
Registration: Registration for the 2013 Summer ESIP Federation Meeting is available. Early registration (through May 31, 2013) is $400/members and $525/non-members. After May 31, the registration fee rises to $500 (members) and $625 (non-members). A student registration is available for $150. A special one-day attendance is available for $200. A full refund will be given through May 31, 2013. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/esipfederationsummermeeting2013
Theme: Building Technical Capacity for Earth Science Data and Information in Disaster Planning, Response, Management and Awareness
Call for Sessions
The Summer ESIP Federation meeting (July 9-12, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) will feature topics related to the meeting theme of Building the Value Chain for Earth Science Data and Information in Disaster Planning, Response, Management and Awareness. We are inviting proposals for sessions that support the meeting’s theme and which further the on-going work of our community. Unique to this meeting, we have the opportunity to spend one afternoon at the new Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh). The Museum has opened its doors to us to allow us to share the exciting technology and other products you create with the public. Visualizations and animations will play very well in this environment, as will short talks (15-20 minutes) about how science data and technologies are informing Disaster Planning, Management, Response and Awareness. See the below for descriptions of the available platforms. Submit your session proposal to the ESIP Commons (instructions) and your museum presentations through this form.
The meeting will follow this basic schedule:
- July 9 - workshops (all day, with poster set up)
- July 10 - morning plenary; afternoon at Museum with special sessions; reception at Museum
- July 11 - breakout sessions - work sessions, discussion-based sessions and workshops (all day)
- July 12 - breakout sessions - work sessions, discussion-based sessions and workshops (through lunch)
We are inviting proposals for sessions that support the meeting’s theme and which further the on-going work of our community. Unique to this meeting, we have the opportunity to spend one afternoon at the new Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh). The Museum has opened its doors to us to allow us to share the exciting technology and other products you create with the public. Visualizations and animations will play very well in this environment, as will short talks (15-20 minutes) about how science data and technologies are informing Disaster Planning, Management , Response and Awareness. Submit your presentations ideas here.
Descriptions of the special platforms follow below:
- Immersive Theater (IT). The IT is best for immersive media display. Almost any visualization that involves a 3D dataset would work in the theater. Currently it is using the Unity game engine for presenting. Unity can ingest most polygonal data formats and warp the display to look correct on the panoramic screen. It can also do show movie play back by mapping the movie onto a Unity game surface. That probably sounds more complicated than it is—it’s pretty straightforward. The big advantage of using a game engine, of course, is that we can add interactivity to the presentation; this will also require considerably more work up front, including probably programming, so we’d want to really showcase something special to make it worth the effort. There is in-house expertise is in 3D graphics and design and will be available to help render your media correctly.
- Daily Planet (DP). The DP is an impressive platform that uses Powerpoint in HD format. The Powerpoint should be on a thumbdrive or other portable media. We will load the Powerpoint onto the Windows servers that run the DP. We can accommodate laptops for output, but this is not recommended. The DP can display up to three screens at once, in various formats (big screen below, two small ones up top; one huge screen; two screens stacked; others). Each screen (channel) can be independently controlled. There are a set number of formats. We can also do a HUGE presentation of a movie or other media on the DP in a special “Event” mode. This “Event” mode requires special processing. The final output is 1920 x 1905 pixels, but the system will only accept HD (1920 x 1080) input. One way to accommodate this is to compose the movie in After Effects (or other video editing software) at 1920 x 1905, then “squash” the movie down to 1920 x 1080 at rendering. It will then be “unsquashed” when it plays through the system. As with any projected image, there is some light bounce in the DP; that is, light hits the DP screen and then scatters. This can cause burn out or wash out of the images. We recommend over-saturating your images by about 10% and upping the contrast by about the same amount for best results. There is no “best” setting, and again testing in advance is highly recommended.
- There are two microphone channels for the DP, so you can have two presenters, or a presenter and an interviewer. Presentations in the DP can be using a built-in camera system. We can also do more elaborate camera setups (up to a total of five in the DP) for live production.
Posters: The poster session will be on-going throughout the summer meeting this year. Posters should be3'x4'. Posters and poster abstracts are submitted digitally to the ESIP Commons by creating an account if you don't have one already and then creating a Poster. Choose the Summer 2013 Meeting for the event. All poster abstracts must be added by June 28 to be included in the printed program. As you've created your poster please upload the digital image of your poster to your ESIP Commons poster page. These images will scroll at the registration desk the entire length of the meeting. Questions - email Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below are some sites that can help you create posters that are dynamic and hold the interest of your audience.
- Doing a great poster on the cheap (contributed by Bruce Caron)