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Note: The Community Data Cluster is on hiatus, which is a period of inactivity a cluster may enter once its goals have been achieved. To learn more about what the Community Data Cluster accomplished, please see:

The Cluster of (Positive) Discomfort (Guest Blog by Marion McKenzie)

You will still likely find sessions covering this topic at ESIP Meetings and many Community Data enthusiasts in the community, including affiliated with the Community Resilience Cluster. If you would like to discuss re-activating the Community Data Cluster to achieve new goals, please contact You can also still contact the Cluster Mailing List at

Goals: ESIP’s mission is to leverage our community “to make data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, policy makers and the public.” This cluster aims to improve usable data services offered directly to the public. For example, underserved populations in Dade County, FL need access to usable sea level rise data to inform disaster relief/recovery efforts (emerging themes in ESIP work). .

Currently, local organizations and community organizers often do not know about, have access to, or have tools to use environmental data. The ESIP Community Data cluster will be a connection point for local organizations and community organizers looking for data to support community needs. We will work with local experts to assess data requirements, align these needs with existing resources (e.g. people, data) and work to connect them. This might include, for example, a local "do-athon", support for a sustainable instance of continued usable data access, or other activities as identified through the community partnerships. We will start with partnerships in Miami and North Carolina, with an eye towards reuse by others. The cluster would bring new members to ESIP, offer existing members and clusters new use cases and users, and would extend the impact of ESIP’s work to those who arguably need it most.

ESIP has the opportunity to be a real hero, recognizing and realizing the intrinsic connections between data and humanity. There are real people that need ESIP data, and we are in a position to help. Our expertise and access will bridge the gap and facilitate targeted community action.




Get Involved

  • Contact Chair:
    • Steve Diggs, Andrea Thomer


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