From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

The ESIP Federation’s mission is to support the networking and data dissemination needs of our members and the global community by linking the functional sectors of observation, research, application, education, and ultimate use of Earth science. Previous strategic plans reflected the evolving nature of the ESIP Federation. The ESIP Federation strategic plan vision for 2015-2020 is to be a leader in promoting the collection, stewardship, and use of Earth science data, information, and knowledge that is responsive to societal needs. The 2015 strategic plan recognizes that the ESIP Federation is uniquely positioned to respond to the growing need for information to solve the Earth’s pressing environmental problems and the public’s interest in making better use of science information. The ESIP Federation’s strength continues to come from its diverse partner organizations, including all NOAA, NASA and USGS Earth observing data centers; government research laboratories; research universities; nonprofits; and commercial enterprises. To achieve the ESIP Federation’s mission, the 2015-2020 strategic plan identifies four primary goals: Increase the use and value of Earth science data and information. Strengthen the ties between observations and user communities (e.g. technologies, research, education and applications). Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications. Position ESIP to play a major role in Earth science issues (e.g. addressing effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation, supporting sustainable science data infrastructure). This document outlines strategic themes for each goal, with specific objectives and actions detailed in a dynamic strategic roadmap document. The strategic roadmap will be a living document, responding to community input throughout its life and reflecting the priorities set by partners who participate in ESIP Federation activities.