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July 19, 2016 - July 22, 2016

The theme of the 2016 Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting is Frontiers in Earth Sciences Big Data. This was chosen by the ESIP community to promote dialogue about the massive amounts of data generated by the Earth sciences, the valuable patterns and information that lie within this data, and the art and practice of visualizing Earth science data.

Among the topics up for discussion are:

  • What ‘big data’ means in Earth and space science
  • The volume, variety, veracity and velocity of Earth sciences big data
  • How big data technologies will benefit Earth and space science research
  • How to increase the productivity and effectiveness of scientific data analysis

The meeting is an opportunity to network with Earth scientists interested in data and informatics; learn about the latest techniques in geospatial data management, analytics and visualization through workshops and informal sessions; and receive funding for new projects through mini-grant competitions. A mix of plenary talks, breakout sessions, poster presentations, technical workshops and networking opportunities encourage discussion about emerging and persistent topics in Earth science data, provide exposure to new technologies and emerging concepts, and facilitate relationships with colleagues from across institutions and disciplines.

Who Attends ESIP Meetings?

ESIP a community of innovative science, data and information technology practitioners who catalyze connections across traditional institutional and domain boundaries to solve critical Earth science data stewardship, information technology and interoperability issues. Through this work, ESIP improves Earth science data management practices and makes Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, policy makers and the public.

Much of ESIP’s work is done online and through telecons, but we value face to face interaction. Our biannual meetings are a chance for the Earth science data and informatics community to get together and discuss current trends, problems and emerging issues facing the community; our meetings also spark new collaborations and ideas, advance the mission of ESIP and meet the professional development needs of our members. ESIP meetings are open to anyone interested in discussing and learning more about Earth science data, not just our members, and our meetings typically draw around 300 attendees from diverse Earth, space and environmental science backgrounds. Meeting attendees include 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 others working in science and technology-related fields who are interested in advancing Earth science information best practices in an open and transparent fashion.

Check out the summaries of the 2015 ESIP Summer Meeting and the 2016 ESIP Winter Meeting to learn more about what happens when the ESIP community gets together.


Early registration (through June 20, 2016) is $415 for members and $550 for non-members. After June 20, the registration fee rises to $515 for members and $650 for non-members. A student registration is available for $150. A special one-day attendance is available for $200. A full refund will be given until June 20. No refunds will be issued for canceled registration after June 20.

Register for the ESIP Summer Meeting!

All registrations include lunches, morning and afternoon food and beverage breaks and the poster session reception. We encourage attendees to go green and use online meeting materials and the ESIP Connects app to navigate the meeting, but printed copies of the program and schedule will be available upon request.


July 19, 2016
July 22, 2016
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Durham Convention Center

301 W Morgan St




United States

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