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Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation)

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is a community of data and information technology practitioners that come together to coordinate earth sciernce interoperability efforts. Participation in the ESIP Federation allows members to enhance their data management capabilities.

The ESIP Federation arranges collaboration through in-person meetings and virtually through collaboration space on the Web. Partners use these forums for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Created by NASA in 1998, the ESIP Federation was formed in response to a National Research Council recommendation calling for the involvement of community stakeholders in the development of NASA’s EOSDIS as a critical element of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (http://www.gcrio.org/USGCRP/LaJolla/cover.html . The ESIP Federation includes 125 member organizations. The ESIP Federation’s membership includes federal data centers, government research laboratories, research universities, education resource providers, technology developers, and nonprofit and commercial enterprises.

History

The ESIP Federation is a community drawn from agencies and individuals who provide handling for Earth and environmental science data and information. The ESIP Federation was founded in 1998 by NASA in response to a National Research Council (NRC) review of the Earth Observation System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). The NRC called on NASA to develop a new, distributed structure that would be operated and managed by the Earth science community that would include those responsible for all elements of Earth observation, including observation, research, and ultimately, application and education.

Beginning with 24 NASA-funded partners, the ESIP Federation's purpose was to evolve methods to make Earth science data easy to preserve, locate, access and use by research, education, and commercial interests. NASA developed the Federation by starting with a set of working prototype projects called ESIPs, representing both the research and applications development communities. These prototype projects were joined by nine NASA data archive centers to form the core of the early ESIP Federation and were responsible for creating its governing structures and the collaborative community it is today.

By 2001, the ESIP Federation created a non-profit corporation called the Foundation for Earth Science (Foundation). Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the ESIP Federation, the foundation provided management support to the ESIP Federation as it moved from an operational prototype to an independent organization.

In 2002, Foundation staff were hired to support the work of the ESIP Federation. The foundation helped create operating policies for the ESIP Federation and facilitated the development of its first strategic plan, adopted by the ESIP Federation’s Assembly in 2004. NOAA’s data centers joined the ESIP Federation.

Beginning in July 2007 in Madison, Wisconsin, a Strategic Planning Working Group was formed to develop a new vision of the ESIP Federation in its second decade.

The ESIP Federation’s partner organizations include all NOAA, NASA and USGS Earth observing data centers, government research laboratories, research universities, modelers, education resource providers, technology developers, nonprofits and commercial enterprises.

In 2009 and 2010 new ESIP Federation communities formed around data preservation and stewardship, information quality, and data visualization.

Partners

ESIP is made up of 110 member organizations that span the range from NASA, NOAA, EPA, USGS and DOE research-funded groups. The ESIP Federation's partners represent earth science data and technology interests. There are four types of partners; Type I includes Data Centers, Type II are data and information product providers, Type III are commercial and non-commercial organizations that develop tools for Earth Science and Type IV are the funding providers, NASA, NOAA and EPA. A full listing of ESIP Federation Partners is at the organization's website.

Interests

Technology

  • Semantic interoperability
  • Web services
  • Metadata
  • Standards
  • Emerging technologies
  • Modeling

Social

  • Communities of practice
  • Environmental decision making
  • Web 2.0 and beyond

Science

  • Atmospheric
  • Climate
  • Terrestrial
  • Oceanography
  • Hydrology
  • Environmental
  • Geology
  • Ecology

Applied science

  • Air quality
  • Water resources
  • Natural disasters
  • Carbon management

Activities

  • Visualization programs
  • Standardized QA/QC processes
  • Standardized metadata initiatives
  • Educational outreach to provide public school teachers with quality science units
  • Semantic web and ontology development
  • Energy and climate initiatives

References

  • National Academy Press (1995). A Review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth/Earth Observing System. http://www.gcrio.org/USGCRP/LaJolla/cover.html
  • http://wiki.esipfed.org/images/9/95/StrategicPlan_2009-2013_FINAL.pdf
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