Welcome to the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) 2018 Summer Meeting! The 2018 theme is Realizing the Socioeconomic Value of Data. The theme is based on one of the goals in the 2015 - 2020 ESIP Strategic Plan, which provides a framework for ESIP’s activities over the next three years.

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Wednesday, July 18


Earth Science Data Uncertainty – White Paper Development
During the 2017 ESIP Summer Meeting, the Information Quality Cluster (IQC) sponsored a plenary panel session and a breakout session focused on Earth science data uncertainty. Expert panellists presented to the ESIP audience key aspects of scientific quality and addressed questions such as "How is uncertainty determined and characterized in the products of their research or application? What are the major side effects and limitations of common statistical techniques used to quantify and characterize uncertainty? What is the impact of uncertainty on the quality of their data products? How is data uncertainty accounted for when multiple sources of data are spliced and woven into a single product? How do they document and convey the information about uncertainty to other scientific users? What is the best way of conveying uncertainty to the (possibly skeptical) public?" Following considerable discussion during the breakout session, a one of the key action items recommended was that a clear understanding of the concept of uncertainty, and its communication to users was essential, and that the IQC should develop a white paper to satisfy this objective. During the 2017 ESIP Winter Meeting, the IQC held a session titled "Formulation of a White Paper on Earth Science Data Uncertainty" where further presentations by experts was held about the mathematical basis for uncertainty as well as uncertainty from the point of view of scientific data producers and applications' users, followed by subgroup discussions for formulating the white paper. An outline of the white paper has been developed and reviewed by IQC members and a number of individuals have signed up to be co-authors and/or reviewers.
The purpose of this breakout session is to continue this progress by acquiring a final set considerations and recommendations from additional domain experts spanning multiple disciplines of Earth science and data science. This will be followed by a working session to finalize the outline and establish the final points and issues that should be addressed by the paper.


Jeff Privette

  • Talk Title: “NOAA/NCEI’s Approaches to Informing Users on Uncertainty”
  • Talk Description: “Determining uncertainty in environmental data is critical but typically challenging and expensive. Therefore, many scientists either ignore, guess at, or use validation studies to estimate it. This can lead to misleading results in climate monitoring, especially in derivative or time-series results such as climate anomalies or rankings. NCEI is adopting a policy to inform data users of what uncertainty, validation, and quality assurance has been applied so that users are informed prior to ordering the data.”

Speakers & Moderators
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Ge Peng

Research Scholar, CICS-NC/NCEI
Dataset-centric scientific data stewardship, data quality management

Jeff Privette

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Hampapuram Ramapriyan

Research Scientist/SME, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
Information Quality, Data Stewardship, Provenance, Preservation Standards

Wednesday July 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Thursday, July 19


Preparing for the CoreTrustSeal - Insights and Lessons Learned
As part of a coalition convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and also in collaboration with the Research Data Alliance, ESIP is fostering capabilities to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) by contributing to the Enabling FAIR Data project. Among many key contributors and stakeholders of the effort, data repositories and their capabilities are vital to enable and facilitate the FAIR principles as developed by Force11.org.

In order to understand the data repositories’ services and their maturity levels, there are several options for assessing a data repository, and one possibility that is being considered by the Enabling FAIR Data project is the CoreTrustSeal. While the CoreTrustSeal has provided guidelines and tutorials regarding the assessment process, a data repository might still have questions regarding the best approach in evaluating its services per the CoreTrustSeal requirements.

During this session, the speakers will present their experiences to advise potential or would-be CoreTrustSeal applicants on several key areas including licensing, ethical norms, funding and preservation level. The speakers will also interact with the audience to answer any additional questions or concerns that the audience might have.

Session Agenda:
  1. Introduction - Sophie Hou and Doug Schuster (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
  2. Presentations:
    • Lisa Johnston – University of Minnesota
    • Roger Weaver – Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Kerstin Lehnert - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
    • Bob Downs – CIESIN-SEDAC, Columbia University
  3. Discussion/Q&As
  4. Next steps

Speakers & Moderators

Sophie Hou

Data Curation and Stewardship Coordinator, National Center for Atmospheric Research
data management/curation/stewardship: including but not limited to data life cycle, policies, sustainability, education and training, data quality, usability.

Kerstin Lehnert

Columbia University
Kerstin Lehnert, Chair of the EarthCube Leadership Council (December 2015 - May 2018), is Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the NSF-funded data facility IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance). Kerstin holds... Read More →
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Roger Weaver

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Thursday July 19, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
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Friday, July 20


Science Gateways in the Cloud, a Platform for Providing Modern Scientific Workflows for Reproducible Research and Collaboration
The advent and maturity of cloud computing technologies and tools have opened new avenues for addressing both Big Data and Open Science challenges to accelerate scientific discoveries. There is broad consensus that as data volumes grow rapidly, it is particularly important to reduce data movement and bring processing and computations to the data. Data providers also need to give scientists an ecosystem that includes data, tools, workflows and other end-to-end applications and services needed to perform analysis, integration, interpretation, and synthesis - all in the same environment or platform. Instead of moving data to processing systems near users, as is the tradition, one will need to bring processing, computing, analysis and visualization to data – so called data-proximate workbench capabilities, also known as server-side processing.

Cloud-based Science Gateways, through online portals and user-friendly interfaces, provide access to a range of resources that are of interest to a community of researchers, educators, and students, including datasets, tools, services, and workspaces. These offerings permit researchers to access a suite of capabilities to not only achieve reproducible science in a web-based workspace but also provide a platform for collaboration and conducting team science. In this session, speakers will present on-going efforts to develop cloud-based Science Gateways to facilitate end-to-end scientific workflows for communities of researchers, educators, and students in the geosciences.

Tentative Presentation Schedule:

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, San Diego Supercomputing Center (15 minutes)
Title: Science Gateways Overview

Mohan Ramamurthy, Unidata (15 minutes)
Title: Unidata Science Gateway

Eric Lingerfelt, EarthCube Science Support Office (15 minutes)
Title: Towards an Earthcube Science Gateway

Julien Chastang, Unidata (15 minutes)
Title: Unidata Science Gateway JupyterHub

Speakers & Moderators
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Julien Chastang

Software Engineer, UCAR - Unidata
Scientific software developer at UCAR-Unidata.
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Eric Lingerfelt

Technical Officer, EarthCube
Eric Lingerfelt is the EarthCube Science Support Office Technical officer and comes to ESSO from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he specialized in the design, development, and deployment of full stack application systems in support of multiple areas of... Read More →
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Nancy Wilkins-Diehr

Associate Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Science gateways and running

Friday July 20, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
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