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

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.

08 Apr 2019

Notes and presentations from the P13 Breakout session

Dear all
We had quite a successful breakout session at P13 in Philadelphia last week
Here is a google doc that has the meeting notes and links to presentations and the catalogue:
Note there are lots of suggestions for what we could do in Helsinki, so it looks like the group still has life in it yet!

24 Jan 2019

P13 Session Accepted - ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG: Consolidating Global Connections and Collaborations

Dear group,
Congratulations! Your session application  - ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and
Environmental Sciences IG: Consolidating Global Connections and
Collaborations - has been approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 13
Programme.  Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
The detailed Plenary 13 programme will be published online by 11
February, 2019, and your scheduled session time will be published in the
programme. The programme will also include the link to your meeting web

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.