Ted Habermann, The HDF Group
The first week of January brought leaders of the Earth Science informatics community together in Washington DC for the winter meeting of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation). This year NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Workshop was co-located with ESIP for five exciting days of data management ideas and discussions. The HDF Group was well represented at both of these meetings with presentations on metadata and data containers.
The ESIP Federation comes together twice each year to discuss topics around changing technology, data, information and knowledge in support of society. ESIP meetings are interdisciplinary and inclusive. Among the attendees are Earth science data and information technology practitioners; researchers representing a variety of scientific domains that include land, atmosphere, ocean, solid earth, ecology, data and social sciences; science educators; and anyone working in science and technology-related fields who is interested in advancing Earth science information best practices in an open and transparent fashion.