July 25-28, 2017 – Bloomington, IN (pre-meetings July 24)

Early registration (through June 30, 2017) is $415 for members and $550 for non-members. After June 30, the registration fee rises to $515 for members and $650 for non-members. The student registration fee is $150 (This does not go up). A special one-day rate is available for $200. A full refund will be given until June 30. No refunds will be issued for canceled registration after June 30.

Start RegistrationAll registrations include lunches, morning and afternoon food and beverage breaks and the poster session reception. We encourage attendees to go green and use online meeting materials to navigate the meeting, but printed copies of the program and schedule will be available upon request.



The 2017 Summer Meeting is at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.


A few small blocks of rooms have been held at a group rate of $104, within GSA per diem rates for Bloomington. The blocks will be held until July 7, 2017 or they are filled, whichever comes first.

Transportation to IU

Ride Sharing:
Airport Shuttles:


The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2017 theme is Strengthening Ties Between Observations and User Communities. The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 – 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for the Federation’s activities over the next three years. The 2017 theme will be woven into meeting sessions, collaboration-area activities and community outreach, with the goal of improving dialog between Earth sciences data producers, distributors and end-users.

Concurrent Meetings:

DataONE Users Group Meeting

The 2017 DataONE Users Group Meeting will be held July 24-25th featuring plenary presentations, topical breakout sessions and community led discussions. There is no cost for meeting registration. More information HERE.

Goings On:

Research as Art: Call for Submissions is OPEN.

Call for Submissions

Once again at this year’s ESIP Summer Meeting we’ll hold a Research as Art event on the evening of Wednesday, July 26. Our goal is to encourage the ESIP community to use visual media to communicate their data and research; and to think about their research as an ongoing narrative that can be told through visual media. This event is about showing how the ESIP community uses data. You don’t need to consider yourself an artist in order to submit a piece. The idea is to have a range of entries that show the diversity of research done by members of our community, as well as their creativity and the impact of their work, in an engaging and accessible way. Research as Art submission call closes July 2.

We’d like all meeting attendees to submit one piece of visual media depicting their work—figures, images, computer models, visualizations—along with a non-technical caption.
During the event, you can have your figure displayed on a monitor, such that you are able to manipulate it, show code, etc. to allow the audience to interact with the submission. Entries can be created specifically for the event or be media created for another project, but all should relate to recent or ongoing research and possibly one of ESIP’s 2015-2020 strategic goals.

  • Increase the use and value of Earth science data and information.
  • Strengthen the ties between observations and user communities (e.g. technologies, research, education and applications).
  • Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications.
  • Position ESIP to play a major role in Earth science issues (e.g. addressing effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation and supporting sustainable science data infrastructure).

These figures will be presented at the summer meeting in a gallery-like setting. All figures will be displayed in a gallery on the ESIP website after the event.
Inspiration and Examples
If you’re in need of inspiration or examples of what we’re looking for in entries, have a look at works submitted for similar events held at the University of Arizona, Washington University in St. Louis and University College London. There’s an abundance of information online about creating scientific figures. The PLOS article Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures is a useful summary of the main things to consider when creating a figure. The website Visualizing Data has great examples of this art.
Here is the Storify from last summer’s event.

Add your vision to the meeting!

This Summer’s meeting will be planned through the ESIP member Visioneering Working Group. For more information, Hop in the ESIP Slack Team (email brucecaron AT esipfed.org for an invite)  and join the Visioneer channel!


ESIP meetings are interdisciplinary and inclusive. They are a member-led mix of plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities that encourage discussion about emerging and persistent topics in Earth science data, provide exposure to new technologies and emerging concepts, and facilitate relationships with colleagues from across institutions and disciplines. Among the attendees are Earth science data and information technology practitioners; researchers representing a variety of scientific domains that include land, atmosphere, ocean, solid earth, ecology, data and social sciences; science educators; and anyone working in science and technology-related fields who is interested in advancing Earth science information best practices in an open and transparent fashion.

Meeting Sponsors




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Interested in being a meeting sponsor? See our sponsorship package or contact Erin Robinson (erinrobinson at esipfed.org)