Category:Documentation Cluster

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
Welcome to the Documentation Cluster

Note: The Documentation Cluster is on hiatus, which is a period of inactivity a cluster may enter once its goals have been achieved. You will still likely find sessions covering this topic at ESIP Meetings and many documentation enthusiasts in the community. If you would like to discuss re-activating the Documentation Cluster to achieve new goals, please contact You can also still contact the Documentation Cluster Mailing List at

Chair: Ted Habermann, Metadata Game Changers
2018 Theme: Promoting documentation techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information and applications.
ESIP Vision
Figure 1

We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.” Benjamin Lee Whorf

About Us

While Eskimos (and people that live in Colorado) have many words for what others call snow, and surfers have many words for what others call waves, ESIP members have many words for documentation. The goal of the Documentation Cluster is to improve understanding, utilization and integration of all of the dialects shown in Figure 1 and others used in the global environmental community. Equally important, we will work in the spaces between these dialects to build understanding from the similarities and differences between them.

A dialect is a "variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group". In the context of data sharing in ESIP, the ways that different groups document their data and products (i.e. metadata standards) are great examples of dialects. They are varieties of the over-arching language of documentation that are used by particular groups in ESIP and other partners in the global environmental community. Figure 1 illustrates this idea with a few commonly used dialects.

The ESIP Community is made up of scientists and informatics experts from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. They come together at ESIP because they realize that they share common needs and hope that they can find others that can help them address those needs. For example, many ESIP members make observations and process them into datasets and products or run models that "predict" data in the past, present, or future. We all want to share those products with a variety of users and, more importantly, we want to make sure those users can discover, use, and understand those products.

The Documentation Cluster is an evolution of the original CF Cluster that was started by Rob Raskin and focused on the Climate-Forecast Conventions that are: commonly used by netCDF and related tools. The CF Conventions are an important metadata dialect used by a number of ESIP members and their partners. The Documentation Cluster helps us keep in mind that the CF Conventions are only one of many dialects used by different ESIP groups.


Meeting Agenda and Notes for 2019 - 2020 Meeting Agenda and Notes for 2018

  • Completed:
  • Winter 2018 Meeting in Bethesda

Metadata Carpentry Granule Metadata Experiences Shared Vocabularies Facilitate Data Use

  • Upcoming
  • Feb 26 ESIPhub. A Jupyter based collaborative platform to facilitate workshops at ESIP Meetings. What kind of documentation does it need?
  • March-TBD
  • April-TBD
  • May-TBD
  • June-TBD
  • July-Summer Meeting 2018
  • August- CEDAR
  • September- ACDD Roundtable Minutes
  • October- Proposals for Winter Meeting 2019 RoundtableMinutes
  • November - Jeff Campbell Lessons learned implementing ISO 19115-3 for the USDA using GeoNetwork, an open source geospatial catalog software. File:USDA NAL GeoData Jeff Campbell 2018-11-26.pptx

Meeting Agenda and Notes for 2017

  • Completed:
  • Upcoming:

Telecon Instructions:

No monthly telecons are currently being held.

Previous Meeting Agendas and Notes:

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