For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers.

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Thursday, January 28 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Community Data Cluster Ideation and Gap Analysis

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The Community Data Cluster has been working to develop a process for tackling environmental and social problems with our special blend of ESIP data-y skills.  This year, we're focusing on the water crisis in Flint, MI as our case study.  In our Summer 2020 meeting, we held a Do-a-thon where we split into groups to rapidly complete a landscape analysis outlining the scope of the problem.  In this session, we want to start ideating on ways we as ESIP-ers might be able to help!

In the first half of this session, we'll split participants into groups to identify data gaps related to water quality and environmental justice in Flint, MI. What data was collected, but is inaccessible? What data was never collected? What data are community members asking for, but can't use? In the second half of the session, breakouts will report out to the full group, and we'll ideate together around ways that ESIP might be able to build resource, curate data, or otherwise help bridge these gaps.

The goal of this session is to plant seeds that we can further tackle through Community Data Cluster Meetings, and in the Summer 2021 ESIP meeting, where we plant to hold a (hopefully all-day, hopefully in-person) hackathon where we start actually building some of these resources, tools, data sets, and whatever else we coalesce around. We also hope to eventually publish on this whole workflow, in which we move from do-a-thons to ideation to hack-a-thons, as a path others interested in effecting data-driven change can walk.

All are welcome to this session! We merely ask that you come ready to Do Stuff, and with a positive, collaborative attitude.

How to prepare for this session: not required, but you may wish to attend the Community Data Cluster Telecon on 1/13. Find info on the ESIP Telecon Calendar.

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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!
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Steve Diggs

Technical Director, CCHDO, Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UC San Diego

Thursday January 28, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
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