ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison:
TAB Liaison: 
Sarah Ramdeen
IG Established

The Earth, space, and environmental science communities are developing, through multiple international efforts, both general and domain-specific leading practices for data management, infrastructure development, vocabularies, and common data/digital services. This Interest Group will work towards coordinating and harmonizing these efforts to reduce possible duplication, increase efficiency, share use cases, and promote partnerships and adoption in the community.


This Interest Group builds on the BOF specific to EarthCube held at the RDA P10 meeting.  Results from that session showed strong interest in intenational collaboration for Earth, space, and environmental infrastructure concerns that are currently be addressed in RDA across all the sciences and external to RDA across many geographically oriented efforts. 


Key participating groups and their use cases include:

1. The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is expanding to include communities outside of the United States.  Specifically the next area of growth is Australia.  ESIP is an independent forum used to address topics of interest to the Earth science data and technology community, such as data management, data citation and documentation. The work of the ESIP community is advanced through our collaboration areas, where participants contribute their expertise toward resolving common problems of the Earth science data and technology community.

2. The Australian AuScope program provides research infrastructure to the Earth and Geospatial Science research communities with a focus on data discovery, delivery and interoperability with an increasing focus on FAIR data principles.  AuScope has been developing related data and interoperability platforms for the last decade and is currently focusing on increased international collaboration.  AuScope is Federally funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure (NCRIS) program.

3.  The European Union funded European Plate Observing System (EPOS) is in the midst of its implementation phase, with increasing interest to be interoperable with their international counterparts. EPOS, the European Plate Observing System, is a long-term plan to facilitate integrated use of data, data products, and facilities from distributed research infrastructures for solid Earth science in Europe.

4.  The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is leading an international community-driven effort, Enabling FAIR Data, to adopt existing and develop new leading practices that result in data supporting a publication to be preserved in an appropriate repository with proper data citations placed in the reference. Data will no longer be in the supplement of the paper. This effort seeds to coordinate across similar and supporting efforts. Partners include RDA, ESIP, ANDS, NCI, AuScope, Nature, Science, PNAS, and the Center for Open Science.

5. The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is an NSF-funded project meant to accelerate curation and archive of environmental data, emphasizing data from projects funded by the NSF DEB.  Programs served include Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB), Organization for Biological Field Stations (OBFS), Macrosystems Biology (MSB), and Long Term Ecological Research (LTER). 

6.  The U. S. National Science Foundation’s EarthCube effort is moving into implementation phase and reaching out internationally to be informed and coordinate efforts. EarthCube, initiated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2011, transforms geoscience research by developing cyberinfrastructure to improve access, sharing, visualization, and analysis of all forms of geosciences data and related resources.  

7. The Open Geospatial Consortium has a series of Domain Working Groups including Earth Systems, Geoscience, Hyrdology and Marine. These Domain Working Groups provide a forum for discussion of key interoperability requirements and issues, discussion and review of implementation specifications, and presentations on key technology areas relevant to solving geospatial interoperability issues. However, their supporters come mainly from the Government and Industry Sectors, and it is hoped by linking through this interest group there will be greater connectivity to those equivalent activities in the academic/research sector.


It is hoped that this Interest Group will focus on awareness, and coordination where applicable, of dependent efforts across the international Earth, space, and environmental science communities. This group is different from other current activities as it is focused on the scientific domains specific to the Earth, space, and environmental sciences.  Some overlap potentially exists with interdisciplinary work in the biological community and social science community.


Within RDA, we hope to leverage the existing working groups and interest groups to help integrate and coordinate the needs of the Earth, space, and environmental sciences with the objectives and deliverables across those related efforts. 


The Catalogue: our Key Output

The catalogue is a list of Groups building Earth, Space & Environmental Science Groups building data, samples and software infrastructures. It is diviieded into two parts: the first is a list of groups that are exclusively within the Earth, Space and Environmental Science groups, whlst the second group is a list of interdisciplinary groups that also contain Earth, Space and Environmental science data. Please check if you group is on this page and add it if it is not!!


Past Plenaries:

14th RD-A Plenary Helsinki IG Meeting:Globally Networking within ESES data infrastructures, as well as beyond to those of other domains

13th RD-A Plenary Philadelphia IG Meeting: Consolidating Connections and Collaborations

12th RD-A Plenary Gabarone IG Meeting: ESES IG: Developing Global Connections and Collaborations

11th RD-A Plenary Berlin IG Meeting: IG Earth, Space and Environmental Interest Group Inaugural Meeting

10th RD-A Plenary Montreal BoF: EarthCube International Partnerships


Recent Activity

10 Nov 2019

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

I wish to send greetings to everyone on The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 [1].
GeoForAll community has been contributing to Open Science and Open Education over many years. Details at

09 Oct 2019

P14 Session Chair Update

In preparation for Plenary 14 in Helsinki, please refer to the information presented below pertaining to your breakout sessions.


Remote Participation

  • Remote participation will be available in each meeting room through GoToMeeting, which will be running from the laptop provided by the University. By just opening your presentation on this laptop, remote attendees will be able to view your slides and hear you speak.

04 Sep 2019

RDA website unavailable due to maintenance on 4 and 5 September 2019

Dear RDA members,


The following message is to inform you that RDA website is scheduled for a technical maintenance from today 4 September at 10:00 UTC until tomorrow 5 September at 10:00 UTC.

Messages sent to RDA Group mailing lists may not be delivered during the maintenance period.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


RDA Team

15 Aug 2019

RDA's 14th plenary: ESIP/RDA ESES IG - Globally Networking within ESES data infrastructures, as well as beyond to those of other domains

Dear Interest Group members,

Congratulations! Your session application ESIP/RDA ESES IG: Globally Networking within ESES data infrastructures, as well as beyond to those of other domains has been approved. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. 

22 Jul 2019

Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide

Digital Earth Africa [1][2] will transform the continent’s capacity to process and analyze satellite data for better decision making across many areas, including water, forest and coastal resource management, agriculture, and urban development. This is a good example of Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide . I am grateful to all colleagues working on this excellent initiative.

28 Jun 2019

Call for Abstracts: WDS Co-convened Session at AGU 2019

Dear Colleagues,

My sincere apologies that you have likely received this message through several channels, but I hope it might of interest to at least some members of the IG.

The 2019 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union will be held on 9–13 December 2019 in San Francisco, CA. WDS is co-convening the following session, and we would like to encourage your abstract submission by the deadline of Wednesday, 31 July.

24 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission Deadline Is Thursday!

With Plenary 14 (P14) scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC.

Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.

Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.