Products and Services

From Federation of Earth Science Information Partners

Chair: Christine White, Esri


Monthly Teleconference

The Products and Services group has a regular monthly telecon (currently) on 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2 pm EST.

The telecon call-in information for these meetings are below:

Dial: 1-877-668-4493
Access Code: 23133897 #

Committee E-mail List

Yearly Highlights

2014 P&S highlights, slide 12 on ESIP 202 presentation
2013 highlights/report given at the 2014 Winter ESIP Federation Meeting

Meeting & Telecon Minutes:

Please see the P&S Telecon Minutes page.


The purpose of the Products and Services Testbed is to provide an environment where innovations in prototype standards, services, protocols, and best practices can be explored and evaluated. The testbed serves as a forum for innovative collaboration across all sectors of the Federation to improve availability and access to our member products and services for mutual benefit.

Projects deployed in the Testbed are proposed through response to the Testbed RFP or FUNding Friday activities. Testbed project proposals are reviewed by the Testbed Configuration Board. To learn more about the Testbed or projects hosted there, see the ESIP Testbed Site.

Testbed Projects, 2014-2015

Main POC Title Summary ESIP Sponsoring Group Funding Cycle
Emily Law Disaster Life Cycle Testbed - An ESIP Product & Service Testbed Proposal: Establishing a Collaborative Common Operating Picture (C-COP) Start a framework for addressing recent Presidential Executive Orders (PEOs) that address the importance of building resilience in the face of a changing climate both nationally and internationally. The testbed will provide a forum by which ESIP members can not only improve their products, but also share best practices for other members considering how they too might have data products to offer to the disasters response community. Disaster Cluster 2014-10
Eugene Chi Connect, Share and Discover ESIP Research and Expertise using VIVO Technology ESIP community needs a searchable database cataloguing the research and expertise of ESIP members to promote integrated and interdisciplinary research. VIVO is a semantic-web-based research and expertise discovery tool. This work is to use this technology to research and develop a testbed system for the collection and discovery of ESIP research and expertise, and includes extending the VIVO ontology to include the ESIP research and expertise ontology. ESIP Testbed Web Support 2014-10
Marshall Ma An entity linking service for documents and datasets in Earth and environmental sciences (1) Engage member organizations of ESIP to use the services and to share their ontologies and vocabularies to build the knowledge base; and (2) Design, build and online deployment of the service that support entity linking in Earth and environmental sciences. Semantic Web 2014-10
Matthew Ferritto ToolMatch Service Testbed Project Proposal to Expand Community Engagement In order to make further progress on the viability and robustness of the ToolMatch service, much more instance data needs to be added to the knowledge store .... Testing the service by means of an online hackathon should also allow the service to be known more broadly... In-depth analysis of the types of data collection, visualization tools, and technologies used by these data catalogs and registries. ToolMatch - Semantic Web Cluster 2014-10
Matthew Ferritto ToolMatch Service Testbed Project Address two use cases by developing out The ToolMatch service - 1) that its difficult to know what tools can be used on a dataset, and 2) the converse; it is difficult to know what datasets a tool is capable of working upon. The ToolMatch service will have, at its foundation, a simple ontology and set of rules that will describe what kinds of tools work with what kinds of datasets. For both use cases, a simple user interface for user interaction, and a simple RESTful web service for use by applications and data portals, will give the client access to the ToolMatch knowledge base with the same goal of matching tools with data. Semantic Web Cluster, Energy & Climate Cluster 2014-04
Michael Huhns, Line Pouchard Evaluating the ESIP Ontologies for Mapping and Reconciliation Many organizations, groups, and individual scientists are developing ontologies to specify the semantics of their domains of interest in environmental sciences. The ontologies are useful, but largely exist in isolation. There are major benefits to be obtained by relating the ontologies to each other and reconcile their differing specification languages. The objective of our effort is to develop a semi‐automated means for curating ontologies and reconciling their representations. The result will be greatly improved accessibility and usability of the ontologies, which will help to accelerate research in environmental sciences. Semantic Web Cluster 2014-04

FUNding Friday Projects, 2015

Project Owners Title Summary Winter Meeting 2015 Poster Node
Bruce Caron, Adam Shepherd Working Group Syndicated Content Tool Similarly focused working groups across organizations such as ESIP, Research Data Alliance (RDA) and EarthCube (EC) could share content from their respective online website workspaces through a syndicated RSS feed for display on the other related working group websites. Coincidentally, all of these sites run on the Drupal platform, for which, the EOSDIS group developed code, or Drupal module, that syndicates content across multiuple Drupal sites – the Earth Data Federated Content Tool (ED-FCT). TBD
Kaijian Xu Rich Semantic Annotation for Science Media Repositories This project provides a new framework for a highly expressive, descriptive annotation of multimedia content like images, video, etc. in scientific repositories, using a language structure that is inspired by word classes (e.g. nouns, verbs, etc.) in everyday (“natural”) languages. Such a framework would be used to capture and represent rich, semantic annotations about what objects and features are present within the scene, the interactions between them, as well as further describe such objects and interactions.
Kelly Monteleone Converting mb-system Files in Windows and Apple Mb-system is a unix based program for multibeam sonar (Bathymetry) data. Mb-system was supported by NOAA from 2002 to 2004. It does not work in windows and is complicated to install and use. Goal: Create a one click installer that will install Cygwin, mb-system, and supporting files on a windows system. And pull out a python wrapper for Apple and non-cygwin installation. This will provide a GUI to export the data in xyz, ascii, and GeoTIFF.
Kevin Dobbs Leveraging the Power of Google Earth Engine to Derive High Quality Water Reference Data for Flood Disaster Decision Support At the 2014 Summer ESIP meeting a poster was created and presented based on the idea that American emergency response agencies can utilize aquaponics systems after a disaster event has occurred in any region. It is imperative that the aquaponics systems be suited for the region based on climate and population and that the people of the area are taught how to use and maintain the systems. Through the use of technologies such as Esri ArcMap, Worldview, iRODS, ect. geospatial data from a variety of DAACs will be used to pre-plan for a case study on a particular region.
Kyle Nelson Enhancing and Educating with the WxSat Mobile App At the 2014 Summer ESIP meeting a poster was designed and presented to promote the idea of building upon the successful WxSat app (iOS and Android) that allows users to view global visible, infrared and water vapor satellite data on mobile devices. Current products are viewable in black and white but color enhanced imagery can allow for ease of identification of key weather features. Satellite imagery is becoming more prevalent with ease of access online and is being displayed increasingly often on local and national weather segments. To enhance the understanding of the all who view satellite data, an educational tutorial will be created with case studies for all three imagery types. Meteorological phenomena will be identified through annotated still and animated images to provide a conceptual model for the user to apply when viewing satellite imagery in real time via the WxSat app or another source.
Lee Hyokyung HDFCRAFT – Making Earth Data Fun! At the 2014 Summer ESIP meeting a poster was created and presented based on the idea that NASA HDF/HDF-EOS data products can be used for Minecraft game. Minecraft stores its world maps in Anvil file format that has similar characteristics that HDF has. By converting NASA HDF data into Minecraft map, kids and educators can play with NASA Earth Data easily in 3D.
Matt Ferrito ToolMatch Extension The ToolMatch project was based upon the idea of semantic matching of data collections and tools that could be used with those data collections. Specifically, two use cases were developed for the service: 1. Search for the tools that can be used with a given data collection, and then find out what the tool can do with the data collection. 2. Search for collections that can be used with their tool, and capture information about what the data user would like to be able to do with their data. The poster created and presented at the 2014 ESIP Summer Meeting was based upon the idea of an extension of the second use case. This extension involves the semantic matching of data collection content with applicable tools. This matching is stricter than than matching based upon information about the data collection, but the use case itself is broader in scope. Ex: Given rainfall or topology measurements, determine which tools within a hyrdologoical model can be used with the data content. This will allow the appropriate tools within the model to be used with the matching data collection content.

Topics of Interest

Testbed Projects & RFP
Documentation, Lifecycle, and ESIP Utilization of Testbed Projects
FUNding Friday
Metadata for data quality, services, and provenance
Peer-reviewed datasets
Permanent dataset names, parameter names, registries, and identifiers
Client access to catalogs
Service quality
Data Quality
Avoiding Duplicate Metadata Records
Federation Inventory

Metadata Resources & Data Standards

Metadata Clearinghouses for ESIP Products and Services

GCMD ESIP Data Portal
GCMD ESIP Data Services Portal

Metadata Standards

ECHO Data Model