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Tuesday, January 7 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Overview & Plenary

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View Live Stream here: ESIP 2020 Winter Meeting - Day 1 Plenary

  • 8:30 am - Welcome & Overview (Erin Robinson & Karl Benedict)
  • 9:00 am - Nadine Alameh: "Putting data to work: Insights from the Earth Science domain"
    We live in exciting times: explosive availability of data about nearly every aspect of human activity, increasing variety of data sources from mobile devices, to remote sensing to Internet of Things, revolutionary advances in computing technologies and big data analytics, maturation of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Let’s also not forget a whole new generation of “digital natives” who think, plan, collaborate and execute differently than older generations.

    It’s no wonder that many domains are struggling with how to evolve in such exciting times, addressing not only the technical aspects of data (and interoperability) but also the business implications. Take for instance the Aviation domain scaling to accommodate millions of UAVs vs. the thousands of air traffic-controlled airplanes; or how the National Mapping Agencies/ Transportation Departments worldwide are exploring how to best incorporate HD maps generated by the autonomous vehicles market; or how businesses now have an increasing choice of weather data from several commercial weather data providers as opposed to traditional government National Weather Services.

    These cases are no different from how the Earth Science community has embraced and leveraged the small satellite market towards improved science results and decision making. I would argue that, in many ways, the Earth Science community is ahead of other domains in our evolution with the times – mostly because we have always relied on “big data”, have always required integrating data from multiple sources, have always emphasized the value of metadata for determining fitness for purpose, and mostly have always appreciated and encouraged partnerships for the greater good.

    In short, the Earth Science community is an expert at putting data to work- at transforming data to information to knowledge to value by leveraging innovation and partnerships! This talk is an opportunity to bubble up some insights gained from our community to share with the world as well as ground us as we continue to evolve. 
  • 9:30 am - Paco Nathan: "Rich Context: providing support for cross-agency data stewardship, and measuring dataset impact on public policy"
    This talk explores the Rich Context project based in the Coleridge Initiative at NYU Wagner, a public-private partnership, which leverages advanced machine learning to support cross-agency data stewardship and measure dataset impact on public policy. In particular we'll focus on perspectives from industry, such as open source projects based in Silicon Valley that are finding close corollaries and applications in government data management. The project also hosts a public machine learning competition that has engaged top AI research teams worldwide to address semantic harmonization problems in scientific communications.

    Coleridge Initiative produces the ADRF platform, currently used by 15 federal, state, and local agencies in the US, to provide a FedRAMP compliant environment on GovCloud for data analytics. On the one hand, this helps analysts use sensitive data without having to work within an air-gap data facility. On the other hand, this assists data stewards at agencies to monitor data usage and provide support to their customers. The team partners with Deutsche Bundesbank for similar cross-agency work in EU, where they have have pioneered a "data impact factor" metric for use with economic datasets (banking microdata) associated with the German central bank.

    The Rich Context project intakes metadata from the agencies involved with ADRF to build a knowledge graph of metadata about dataset usage. Our focus for 2020 is working with NOAA to apply this knowledge graph work for the agency. Specifically, this focuses on coastal communities which use NOAA data for resiliency planning. We leverage machine learning to identify linkages between Earth science data and socioeconomic policy impact within local communities. The collaboration with NOAA is intended as a case study for other agencies to reuse, in support of the Federal Data Strategy and its Year-1 Action Plan.
    View Slides here: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11573343.v1.
  • 10:00 am - Karl Benedict, Crista Straub, Carl Shapiro & others: Public-Private Partnerships Panel
    Maximizing the value and impact of Earth Observation data requires active participation throughout the complete value chain from initial acquisition and processing, publication and sharing through archives and repositories, through ultimate use in decision-making and other applications. ESIP has a long hisory of providing a venue for the development of partnerships along the full EO data value chain.

    This plenary panel discussion will provide a set of short descriptions of public-private partnership experiences from organizations that have strong experience in developing and maintaining these partnerships that are focused on maximizing the value of Earth Observation and geospatial data. Following the short presentations from the panelists we will have a brief Q&A with the panel and follow up with a breakout session focused on identifying thematic areas in which there are opportunities for developing new partnerships and having disscussions around the nature and characteristics of those potential partnerships.
The Panelists for this plenary session will include:
  • Jeff Donze - ESRI
  • Ana Pinheiro Privette - Amazon
  • Timothy Stryker - USGS
  • Ajay Mehta - NOAA NESDIS

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Karl Benedict

Director of Research Data Services & Information Technology, University of New Mexico
Since 1986 I have had parallel careers in Information Technology, Data Management and Analysis, and Archaeology. Since 1993 when I arrived at UNM I have worked as a Graduate Student in Anthropology, Research Scientist, Research Faculty, Applied Research Center Director, and currently... Read More →
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Erin Robinson

Co-founder and CEO, Metadata Game Changers
I work at the intersection of community informatics, Earth science and non-profit management. Over more than 10 years, I’ve honed an eclectic skill set both technical and managerial, creating communities and programs with lasting impact around science, data, and technology.
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Paco Nathan

Managing Partner, Derwen, Inc.
Known as a "player/coach", with core expertise in data sciencecloud computingnatural languagegraph technologies; ~40 years tech industry experience, ranging from Bell Labs to early-stage start-ups. Advisor for Amplify PartnersRecognaiKUNGFU.AI. Lead committer Py... Read More →
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Nadine Alameh

CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
Dr. Nadine Alameh is the recently appointed CEO of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international organization dedicated to making Location information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) via a process that combines consensus-based standards, collaborative... Read More →

Tuesday January 7, 2020 8:30am - 10:30am EST
Salon A-C
  Salon A-C, Plenary
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