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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


Community Resilience: Demonstrating the Socioeconomic Value of Earth Science data (Part II)
Can Earth Science data contribute socioeconomic value by enhancing place-based community resilience? In January, we held Part I - and from that session we developed a roadmap for engaging within the ESIP community to host a data-specific community resilience session. This session will be a breakout session to follow on from that work, with the intention to facilitate collaboration between place-based community resilience data consumers and decision-makers, and ESIP data practitioners and community members.

This session will seek engagement from city planners, resilience officers, or data consumers to talk about what their objectives are and what data-related pain points they have (e.g. issues they might be having with access, discovery, wrangling or analyzing the earth science data they need). There will be collaborative participation from ESIP data community members (e.g. Semantic Tech committee and ESDA) to work together to develop possible solutions. The session would be run in a workshop-style, with

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


Quantifying (Yes Quantifying!) Value of EO Data via Socioeconomics
If putting a dollar value on your research makes you queasy, yet you must do it to justify and continue your work, this session is here to help. This session will feature 3 presentations on approaches and tools for tying your Earth Observations (EO) data with quantifiable business value. Building upon other ESIP threads such as the benefits of using EO data to build resilient communities, and spatial information as a key to link science, demographics, and economic value, presentations will focus on business use cases for EO, how to connect observation data to economic datasets, and how to position your EO research products. During the latter half of the session, we invite discussion on real world experiences, and challenges and successes you encounter.

1) What's the Value of Integrating Socioeconomic and Earth Observations Data? - Bob Downs (CIESIN), Bob Chen (CIESIN), and Karen Moe (NASA GSFC)
2) Increase the Relevance, Impact, and Efficiency of Your Research - Ben Hickson (University of Arizona)
3) Understanding Value to Articulate Worth in EO Data - Christine White (Esri), Laura McNulty (Esri), and Tripp Corbett (Esri)

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Christine White

Technical Advisor, Esri

Thursday July 19, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
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Natural history museum informatics: new methods, old data
Natural history museums and related databases (e.g. the Paleobiology database, GBIF, Neotoma, Pangea) house a wealth of rich data about our planet and its biological and geological history. Next generation, "Big Data" approaches (e.g. machine learning, network analysis, natural language processing) offer exciting new ways of analyzing this data (paleoinformatics! Network paleoecology! etc). However, museum data collections must be well curated and accessible in order to make this work possible; and informaticians using these data must be aware of public datasets’ potential limitations in their work.

In this session, we'll present recent work at the intersection of new computational methods and old data, and discuss the infrastructures, algorithms, curatorial workflows and other considerations needed for this work. We mean "old data" in both the geologic sense, and in the "this has been on a museum shelf for 100 years" sense, and anticipate that this session will be of interest to folks in paleontology, natural history museum collections management, data curation, and more.

We intend this to be an interactive session, aimed at fostering discussion and building community around natural history informatics projects. What projects are you working on that make use of data derived from museum specimens or physical samples? What new approaches are you using? What new methods would you like to use?

Tentative schedule:
Short talks
Introduction to and motivations for this session - Andrea Thomer
Quantifying ecological impacts of mass extinctions with network analysis of fossil communities - A.D. Muscante
Work on 3d fossil scans - Gary Motz
Physical samples and schema.org - Doug Fils

Discussion - convened by Peter Fox and Andrea Thomer

Notes doc: http://bit.ly/2L2O9Si

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Gary Motz

Chief Information Officer, Assistant Director for Information Services, Indiana University | Indiana Geological and Water Survey
Gary is an earth scientist and curator of data, metadata, and natural history collections. In his role at the Indiana Geological and Water survey, he oversees the information services division which provides cartographic, information technology, cyberinfrastructure, data science... Read More →
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Andrea Thomer

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Information
I'm an information scientist interested in biodiversity and earth science informatics, natural history museum data, data curation, information organization, and computer-supported cooperative work! I'm looking for students!

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