Earth and Environment Science Information Partners: ESIP & E2SIP connecting networks on opposite sides of the globe

Ms Erin Robinson1, Dr.  Lesley  Wyborn2, Dr. Simon Cox4, Dr. Jens Klump3, Dr. Adrian Burton6, Dr Natasha Simons6, Dr Ben Evans2, Dr. Tim Rawlings5

1Earth Science Information Partners, Boulder, United States, 2Australian National University, Canberra, Australia , 3CSIRO, Perth, Australia, 4CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia , 5University of Melbourne/AuScope, Melbourne, Australia, 6ARDC , Canberra, Australia


Significant public investments in Australia, USA and Europe are building Earth and environmental science eResearch infrastructures for transdisciplinary research. Each are developing best practices for both infrastructure and data management to enable the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), and all are based on a culture of sharing datasets, software, tools, data services, vocabularies, etc., across institutional, community, national and continental boundaries.

Over the last 20 years, the US-based Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) has become a braintrust and professional home for the Earth science data and informatics community. The Australian Earth and Environment Science Information Partners (E2SIP) was established last year through liaison with ESIP at the 2018 C3DIS Conference. ESIP is providing the governance structure to incubate E2SIP as a cluster and we have added an E2SIP representative to the ESIP Board and several Australian organizations have joined ESIP as organizational partners.

Moving forward, E2SIP intends to support similar functions in Australia by bridging across organizations including CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of the Environment, Geoscience Australia, AuScope, NCI, ARDC, IMOS, TERN, and ALA. E2SIP is working with the National Earth and Environmental Facilities Forum which provides a common voice to government on behalf of long term science research infrastructure.

This abstract highlights the efforts of the US Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the newly established Australian Earth and Environment Science Information Partners (E2SIP) over the last year and aims to introduce E2SIP to those parts of the C3DIS community who are not already involved.


Ms. Robinson works at the intersection of community informatics, Earth science and non-profit management. Erin is currently the Executive Director for the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). In this position, she facilitate collaboration among over 1000 Earth science technology practitioners across 130+ organizations to expedite progress toward data interoperability and making data matter.



AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.

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