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. 


Past Plenaries:

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

15 Nov 2018

Deadline: ESIP Meeting Sessions

Don't miss your chance to help create the 2019 ESIP Winter Meeting with us!
Breakout sessions due 11/16 | 2019 ESIP Summer Location Announcement
The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) meetings help Earth science
data-savvy professionals from across sectors and the data lifecycle find
each other and quickly work together to solve common data challenges. We
hear over and over that ESIP meetings are the most valuable part of what we
do and the value of the meetings is found in who shows up, the content that

22 Sep 2018

Trustworthy Data Repositories - CoreTrustSeal Cohort Opportunity

(apologies for cross-posting)
If you represent a repository that stores Earth, space, or environmental science related data and would be interested in the CoreTrustSeal certification, consider adding your name to the cohort described below and participating in the webinars for preparing your certification submission package.

16 Jul 2018

Calling on all collaborations, partnerships and communities building Earth, Space and Environmental data infrastructures and data sharing capabilities

Dear all
My co-conveners and I would like to alert you to Session IN042 Integrating Data and Services in the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences across Community, National and International Boundaries at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington from 10-14 December.
In this session at the AGU Fall meeting we hope to highlight the work and developments of the numerous collaborations and partnerships that building Earth, Space and Environmental data infrastructures and data sharing capabilities at either community, national or international levels.

04 Jun 2018

Revised Group Charter for the ESIP/RDA Earth, space and environmental sciences Interest Group

Dear all
As I said would happen in Berlin, here is the revised Group Charter for the ESIP/RDA Earth, space and environmental sciences Interest Group (ESES IG) (sorry it took so long).

06 Apr 2018

EGU Session on Integrating data and services in the solid Earth Sciences

Dear all
For those of you that are in the RDA Earth, Space and Environment Interest Group that maybe going to EGU in Vienna, I thought I would draw your attention to this session on “Integrating data and services in solid Earth sciences” convened by Massimo Cocco, Carmela Freda, Florian Haslinger and Helen Glaves
There is a smorgasbord of groups presenting in both the oral and the poster sessions.
The Orals are on Thursday, 12 Apr, 08:30–12:00 in Room M2 and the Posters are on Wednesday 11 Apr, 15:30–17:00 in Hall X3: Poster numbers X3.59 to X3.81.

30 Mar 2018

Notes from the Berlin RDA Plenary Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Interest Group.

Dear all
We had a successful inaugural Interest Group Meeting at the RDA in Berlin.
Nearly 60 people attended, and we were able to have a joint online meeting with the OGC Geosciences Domain-Working Group in Orleans France who are working on similar goals.
Here is a link to the meeting Notes: