Data + Community = Action

Erin Robinson1

1Earth Science Information Partners, Boulder USA


Science funders around the world both federal and private are spending millions of dollars on large scale, data-intensive collaborative science projects. After all, the wicked challenges facing us in all fields from energy to food security to climate mitigation strategies are not solved by a single person, institution or domain. They take all of us working together. This talk will explore the relationship between data-intensive science and collaborative community efforts like the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and C3DIS move science forward. You will walk away with a better understanding of your role in this meeting and how to enhance your role in the collaborative projects you participate in. Together, if we are better collaborators, we will make data matter, more interoperable, actionable and move science beyond where we thought possible!




I work at the intersection of community informatics, Earth science and non-profit management. Over the last 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.

Passionate about fostering innovation through collaboration across diverse nodes, I am currently the Executive Director for the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). In this position, I facilitate collaboration among Earth science technology practitioners to expedite progress toward data interoperability.

In my free time I love to be outside – mountain biking, hiking and skiing. I can also be found in the kitchen cooking with my partner, Ted and hosting dinner parties for our friends.


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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