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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Tuesday, July 17


Governance Transition for the Data Management Training Clearinghouse Expansion Project
The collaboratively developed and maintained Data Management Training Clearinghouse (DMTC) has recently been awarded a three year Institute of Museum & Library Science (IMLS) grant as part of its National Digital Library Program. The IMLS grant will enable the DMTC to expand and enhance its web presence, and services by expanding and diversifying the content included in the clearinghouse, enhancing cataloging and classification, and developing a method to enable feedback between trainers and trainees. The DMTC has been shepherded by the ESIP Data Management Training Working Group (DMT WG) which is nearing the end of its two year cycle. This session will be a working session where current DMT WG members work with potential DMTC Advisory Board members to define the governance structure and strategies for the future scope, activities, and services of the DMTC. Following this session, a business meeting will cover the accomplishments of the DMT WG over the past two years, and launch the IMLS expansion project.

Speakers & Moderators
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Karl Benedict

Director of Research Data Services, University of New Mexico
For nearly 30 years Karl Benedict has had parallel careers in Information Technology, Data Management and Analysis, and Archaeology. Over the last 22 years at UNM he has worked as a Graduate Student in Anthropology, Research Scientist, Applied Research Center Director, and currently... Read More →
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Nancy Hoebelheinrich

Principal, Knowledge Motifs LLC
See my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-hoebelheinrich-0576ba3
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Erin Robinson

Executive Director, ESIP Federation
Erin Robinson works at the intersection of community informatics, Earth science and non-profit management. Over the last 10 years, she has honed an eclectic skill set both technical and managerial, creating communities and programs with lasting impact around science, data, and technology... Read More →

Tuesday July 17, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Canyon A


Seeking feedback from the ESIP community on two developing dataset maturity assessment models
In collaboration with the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee, the NCEI Use/Service Maturity Matrix (MM-Serv) Working Group has developed a complete draft maturity model for the services provided for individual datasets, where services include both automated (e.g. web services) and human-provided functions.

A complete draft of a WMO-Wide Stewardship Maturity Matrix for Climate Data (SMM-CD) has also been developed by the WMO SMM-CD Working Group in collaboration with international experts who participated in the Expert Meeting on Climate Data Modernisation at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), 16–18 April 2018.

In this session, the latest draft version of both maturity assessment models will be introduced to the ESIP community, followed by a review/comment period in an effort to gain valuable feedback from the community.

Agenda Draft:
Part I:
Opening remark & MMs status - Ge Peng (8 mins)
Introducing NCEI/ESIP-DSC MM-Serv - Ruth Duerr (10 mins)
Introducing WMO SMM-CD - Christina Lief (10 mins)
(Note takers: Christina Lief, Ruth Duerr, Nancy Ritchey, Ge Peng, and participants: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZnMAxYzzN7BM_kx2CYYpWsooNp7XtmJdHLXeLlE51nE)

Part II:
Sub-group one - reviewing MM-Serv (group leads: Ruth Duerr, Sophie Hou, Ge Peng)
Sub-group two - reviewing SMM-CD (group leads: Christina Lief, Nancy Ritchey, Ge Peng)

Speakers & Moderators
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Christina Lief

Physical Scientist/Consultant, WMO
Recently retired from NOAA/NCEI after a 30 year career with the US Federal Government. I am a Physical Scientist specializing in global observing system climate data (remote sensed & in-situ, data access and documentation). I am presently working as a consultant for WMO as well as... Read More →
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Ge Peng

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

Tuesday July 17, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Canyon A
Thursday, July 19


Earth Science Data Uncertainty – White Paper Development – Working Session
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.

This IQC session represents a follow-on to the preceding ESIP 2018 Summer Meeting IQC breakout session which intends to provide an opportunity to acquire a final set considerations and recommendations from additional domain experts toward the development of the white paper. This purpose of this working session is to finalize the white paper outline and establish the final points and issues that should be addressed by the paper. This session will also function as a “last call” for any additional requests for co-authorship or reviewers for the proposed paper.

  • Michael Little – NASA AIST Program
    • Talk Title: “An AIST Program View of the Significance of Uncertainty in Data Exploitation”
    • Talk Summary: While uncertainty is important, everyone has a different idea about what it means, how to characterize it and what it should be used for. I hope to provide a brief overview of how I think it’s used in programmatic decisions.
  • Jeff Privette – NOAA/NCEI
    • Talk Title: “A NOAA/NCEI perspective on Earth Science Data Uncertainty”
  • Faozi Said – NOAA/NESDIS
    • Talk Title: “Leveraging Cal/Val to Effectively Communicate the Physical Data Limitations”
    • Talk Summary: Using a real world example, we explore on a high level the calibration and validation (Cal/Val) challenges we face and how the possible issues and uncertainty in the data are communicated to the end user.
  • Jonathan Hobbs – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Talk Title: “Probability as a Foundation for Data Uncertainty: Applications in Remote Sensing”
    • Talk Summary: Earth science data records often include products that combine models with indirect observations of their quantity of interest. Probability serves as a foundational tool for characterizing uncertainty for these complex methods. This presentation will illustrate these ideas in the context of remote sensing retrievals.

Speakers & Moderators

Mike Little

AIST Program Manager, NASA
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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

Faozi Said


Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Canyon A