EarthCube Scholarship Recipients Reflect on ESIP and FSCI Opportunities
The EarthCube Office recently funded 40 scholarships for awardees to attend academic conferences hosted by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI). Both conferences took place earlier this summer and were held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The conference scholarships enabled an array of scientists to participate, such as Bidhananda Yadav, a research associate at Ohio State University. “This was my first ESIP meeting and I am already incorporating many of the Python libraries I learned about into my workflow,” said Yadav, who was able to network with experts in the hydrological research field. Yadav now plans to utilize these connections made at ESIP to further his work on remote sensing, data science, and machine learning.
Lauren Prox, a software development intern at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), said that she also greatly benefited from the ESIP conference scholarship. “As a first year graduate student, I was eager to learn how tools developed by EarthCube and similar programs can help me with my research in climate policy and air pollution,” she said.
An additional ESIP scholarship recipient, Jay Pearlman, Director of Four Bridges, utilized the opportunity to not only learn about new technologies, but also network with the community about an upcoming Ocean Best Practices Workshop in mid-September. “Many of the EarthCube
family were participating in the ESIP meeting and it was an effective forum for communication and learning about new ways to collect, store, and share data,” said Pearlman. “On another subject, we are building a virtual infrastructure called e-JERICO for access to data and information of the coastal oceans of Europe. I was able to get new ideas for how best to move forward.”
Similarly, FSCI scholarship awardee Amy Gay of Binghamton University viewed the networking opportunities as most useful. “It has given me ideas for ways to improve our outreach and education regarding open sharing of scholarly and creative works by researchers at our campus,” said Gay, who is a digital scholarship librarian. “I applied for a scholarship because it was the only way I was able to attend and the courses offered were very valuable to my career and personal development.”
Kahlila Chaar-Perez concurred with Gay’s sentiments regarding her scholarship and participation at FSCI. “I found the conference to be an illuminating experience,” said Chaar-Perez, a postdoctoral associate in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. “I particularly appreciated that many of the conversations revolved around decolonizing scholarly communication, which is necessary in the field, and I was excited to learn about these topics from an open data angle.”
Kahlila Chaar-Pérez, who received an EarthCube Office scholarship to attend the FSCI conference, just finished her Masters in Library and Information Studies and is now a postdoctoral associate in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. She was specifically interested in attending the conference to better understand the use of FAIR data as well as networking with colleagues from a Latin American perspective. Additional interests include Caribbean and U.S. Latinx literatures, critical librarianship, the digital humanities, and LGBTQIA+ studies.
For more information about the ESIP conference, please visit https://www.esipfed.org/meetings.
For more information about the FSCI conference, please visit https://www.force11.org/fsci/2020.