The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
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.
Guest Blog: SGCI and ESIP Discuss Bootcamp and Partnership Possibilities
ESIP Data Management Training Clearinghouse
In early January, ESIP Federation Winter 2018 meeting members participated in a lively discussion during one of the breakout sessions on what SCGI has to offer for incubator projects intending to move to sustainable production status. In the session, participants first heard an overview from SGCI's Sandra Gesing about the Institute and its Science Gateways Bootcamp. Following Sandra's overview, Nancy Hoebelheinrich (Knowledge Motifs LLC) who participated in the October 2017 Bootcamp, and Christopher Lenhardt (RENCI) who participated in the April 2017 Bootcamp, presented abbreviated versions of the pitch decks that they'd created and presented at the conclusion of the week-long Bootcamp. By sharing their pitch decks, Nancy and Christopher were able to illustrate the kinds of issues covered during the Bootcamp and how the lessons learned fit with their projects. During Q&A and subsequent discussion, there were very positive thoughts about how SGCI’s bird’s eye view might provide good advice and perspective in a number of areas including:
- Understanding what a “gateway” is, and how/whether the proliferation of gateways might change the technical and service landscape for “doing” better, more efficient, and productive science (believed to be the overall goal for NSF)
- Technical issues that cross disciplines such as:
- Architectural planning for projects, especially when it comes to platform and tool choices i.e., by connecting projects/people with others who are offering similar or complementary work;
- Building projects for interoperability with web portals, for instance, both at the backend for ease of deployment, but also on the front end via common GUI/metadata minimal requirements and service definitions.