July 16-18, 2008, ESIP Federation Meeting, Durham, NH

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The Summer 2008 ESIP Federation will take place on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Most of the meeting will take place in Holloway Commons (75 Main Street, Durham, NH). The poster session on July 16 will take place at the Atrium of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space in Morse Hall (39 College Road, Durham, NH). Parking on campus is available to us in C-Lot and is free for the duration of the meeting. To locate a map of the UNH campus, click here.

Travelers can fly into Boston Logan (BOS) - 60 miles, Manchester (MHT) - 50 miles or Portland (PWM) - 50 miles. For directions or travel services from area airports, click here.


Registration for the 21st ESIP Federation meeting is conducted online. Early Bird registration continues through May 31 and is $300 (member) or $400 (non-members). Regular and on-site registration is $375 (member) or $475 (non-member). Registration for the meeting is done online by clicking here and is done using Visa/MasterCard. Limited on-site registration will be available.


Hotel accommodations for the 2008 Summer Meeting are being met by 2 area hotels. Rooms are limited must be reserved by June 13, 2008.

  • Holiday Inn Express, Durham (2 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824, (603) 868-1234). The rate for a room (single/double) is $119.95/night (plus tax). Use the group code ESI when your reserving your room online.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, Dover (10 Hotel Drive, Dover, NH 03820, (603)750-7507). The rate for a room (single/double) is $114/night (plus tax). Ask for the ESIP-Earth Science Information Partners group rate when reserving your room at (866) 750-7507.


The theme of the Summer ESIP Federation meeting is Realizing Our Potential. The current interest in cyberinfrastructure and virtual organizations has allowed the ESIP Federation to examine its journey as a prototype. The meeting will examine where we have been and where we will go in our second decade toward realizing the potential of a collaborative, virtual consortium of Earth science data and applications professionals.

Technical Workshops (July 15, 2008)

Technical workshops are planned for Tuesday, July 15, 2008. Check back for more details as planning progresses.

Currently four 'tracks' have been suggested for this year's technical workshops. These include:

These 'tracks' would provide an opportunity to group a series of presentations into groups that are thematically related. These workshops will be scheduled in parallel with the already planned DSWG Standards Working Group meeting and DIAL workshop.

The NASA ESDSWG Standards Process Group will be meeting all day on July 15. This is an open meeting. We also plan to "host" a KML/GeoRSS BOF at lunch on July 16. We'll gather as many people as want to come to sit around a table (or tables) at lunch to talk about NASA use of KML and GeoRSS.

DIAL ACCESS Workshop (all day July 15, 2008)

Who can attend: any interested party: Please contact Bruce Caron [bruce AT NMRI.org] for information about TRAVEL SUPPORT this workshop.

This ONE DAY workshop will cover the basics of how to apply DIAL technologies to develop stand-alone, data-rich software applications. The DIAL technology is described here: DIAL description

The workshop will cover the code resources that are available and the remaining coding required to customize the authoring environment for your data distribution needs.

The Morning Session (9am-Noon) will cover an overview of the technology, and hands on with existing modules and prototype applications. The Morning will focus on the application authoring system and the logic of design for using this system to create custom applications. A look at Adobe Director 11 and at IDL 7 will provide the underpinnings for this effort.

DIAL will provide lunches for participants.

The Afternoon Session (1:30-5pm) will be a "Create an Application" from parts supplied, and a discussion about individual needs for further shared code and GUI resources. This will delve into the actual programming of Director and IDL and is designed for the inner nerd.

Also: the Afternoon session will discuss new technology efforts to add NASA data services into Adobe Flex programming.

Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions during the Summer ESIP Federation meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 16 and Friday morning, July 18. Speaker suggestions are always welcome.

July 16, 2008

Time Session
7:00- Registration
8:30-9:00 Welcome
9:00-10:15 Town Hall Meeting with Charles Baker, NOAA, Gary Foley, EPA, and Martha Maiden, NASA
10:15-10:45 Break with Education Demos,

MY NASA DATA and Understanding Hurricanes with Google Earth

10:45-11:00 Awards Ceremony
11:00-11:45 Julia Melkers, Georgia Tech, Networks of Science: Crossing Disciplines, Institutions and Sectors
11:45-12:30 Peter Fox, Chief Computational Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, So, You Say You Are a Virtual Organization, Well ... We All Want to Change the World. Can We?
12:30-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:30 Barry Rock, University of New Hampshire, Educating the Public on Climate Change Issues
2:30-2:45 10th Anniversary Review
2:45-3:15 Break with Education Demos,

Color and Light: Making the Connection from Satellites to Ground-truthing and The Earth Exploration Toolbook and AccessData Workshop

3:15-5:00 Assembly Business Meeting
5:30-7:30 Poster Session and Reception

Open Meeting Sessions (July 17, 2008)

The proposed sessions for Thursday, July 17, 2008, are listed here. If you are proposing a session, please add a linked page with a description of your session, what the goals are and how much time you need for your session. Please also include contact information so that people with questions about the session may contact you. If you are interested in attending a session, please add your name to the linked page associated with that proposed session so that the organizer can know that there will be sufficient interest to request a room or table for the session. View the Call for Sessions for more information.

(To see the Summer 2007 open meeting session descriptions, click http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Session_Topics_Proposal_Page

FUNding Friday (July 18, 2008)

Ever been to a meeting where the place clears out on the last day? This summer's ESIP Federation meeting will counter that tide by offering its first-ever FUNding Friday. This innovative mini-grant competition allows you to leverage the collaboration potential from the ESIP Federation meeting's interactions. Three $5,000 awards are being offered to meeting registrants who need a little seed money to do something great. Bring your best ideas to the meeting and find your partners during the week. Click here to view the complete FUNding Friday Overview.

Committees, Working Groups and Clusters also are invited to meet on Friday, July 18 before 10:30. Check back to see the list of scheuled committee meetings.

Education Demos

Throughout the Summer Meeting, representatives from the ESIP Federation's Education Committee will be demonstrating their work. Stop by to see the broader impacts of your research at work. Demo descriptions are posted below as they become available.

Color and Light: Making the Connection from Satellites to Ground-truthing (Brian Rogan)

Digital Earth Watch (DEW) is a NASA REAsON project that has developed an array of “tools” to help teachers, students and the general public understand what remote sensing is all about and how to connect satellite imagery to local environmental issues. Using simple filters, digital cameras and other tools, users can build up a connection between what they see in their local environments and what can be detected through LandSat, MODIS, IKONOS and aerial imagery. I will demo some of the basic tools outdoors to show how the world can be viewed in a different light and what it tells us about the state of the local environment. I will then talk about the software that has been developed to then connect local findings with larger, more complex satellite data from the same location.

The Earth Exploration Toolbook and AccessData Workshop Addressing the Broader Impacts Criteria of Your Science Proposals (Tamara Shapiro Ledley)

The AccessData Workshop (http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/accessdata) is focused on making specific Earth science datasets accessible and usable in educational contexts by facilitating teams made up of data providers, data analysis tool specialists, scientists, curriculum developers, and educators to create an Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET, http://serc.carleton.edu/eet) chapter focused on those datasets. In this demo we will describe 1) the process of the AccessData workshop and other parallel processes to help you make your data more accessible and usable by educators, and 2) what an Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter is and how it and DataSheets (http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/browse_sheets.html), educationally relevant metadata about a dataset), are developed.

Understanding Hurricanes with Google Earth (Margaret Mooney and Steve Kluge)

This demo will feature the debut of a new EET designed to help teachers and students explore hurricanes with satellite data displayed via Google Earth software. By participating in a directed study of the 2005 and 2006 hurricane seasons, students will be able to describe and explain the conditions that favor or inhibit hurricane development, calculate the wind and heat energy at different stages of storm development, and explore real-time data to identify areas of potential hurricane development. Data sets will include daily and seasonal average SSTs, weekly and seasonal wind shear, total precipitation, and hurricane advisory information.

The real time data displayed with Google Earth can be found at http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/media/spotlight/google-earth.htm

Daily Agenda

Tuesday Agenda

Wednesday Agenda

Thursday Agenda

Friday Agenda