CyVerse.org provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

http://www.esipfed.org/

ESIP is an open, networked community that brings together science, data, and information technology practitioners. Their mission is to support the networking and data dissemination needs of their members and the global Earth science data community by linking the functional sectors of observation, research, application, education, and use of Earth science.

SGCI clients have access to ESIP's resources and services, including ESIP Lab's incubator program, which provides up to $7,000 to explore new technologies, standards, workflows, protocols and best practices. ESIP also hosts two member-driven meetings each year, supports collaborations of like-minded individuals, and supports a variety of solution-oriented projects through competitions, ideation challenges, and evaluation. 

Check out the SGCI Member Highlight on ESIP's website. 

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Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab: Fall 2018 Request for Proposals

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Lab has announced the release of its Fall 2018 Request for Proposals.  ESIP will provide up to $10K of seed funding for incubator-style projects that run 6-8 months and lie in the realm of good ideas ready to be tried out.

They have identified the following topics as areas of need in the Earth science community, and for this RFP, project proposals that address these areas will be given priority.
  • Proof-of-concept for emerging technologies slated for operational use.
  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using open source, machine learning, and cloud computing.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, or analyzing Earth observations.

Proposals are due by December 18, 2018, 6 pm Pacific Time. 

The full RFP can be found here.