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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers.
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Tuesday, July 20 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Plenary in honor of Dr. Peter Fox: X-informatics - Lessons Learned from Data and Information in Research

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Informatics efforts emerged largely in isolation across a number of disciplines. This new discipline, generally cast as the science and engineering of information systems originated in the middle of the last century and has undergone many adaptations and in the last two decades flourishing into discipline-specific fields like geoinformatics, bioinformatics, astroinformatics and more. Recently, certain core elements in informatics have been recognized as applicable across disciplines. Hence, efforts at systematizing the common (or core, i.e. discipline neutral) aspects of informatics have been successful: use cases, human-centered design, iterative approaches, information models and more are some of the key elements. Dr. Peter Fox has been instrumental in convening the Earth Science Informatics community, defining Informatics and Data Science in Earth Sciences, for his vision of “X-informatics” and the evolution of these fields as interdisciplinary research becomes widely accepted, and new challenges arise from the increased attention to a data-intensive approach in general. This includes creating or adapting informatics to address data that are high-dimensional, heterogeneous, sparse or with uncertain quality. We would like to dedicate this session to Dr. Peter Fox, a visionary, champion and an avid explorer of boundaries when it comes to Informatics and its benefits in scientific research. This session will showcase the field of Informatics, its history, current research, visions for the future and the role Dr. Peter Fox has in shaping these ideas and approaches.

Featured presentations:
  • Mineral Informatics: Analytics, Visualization, and the Legacy of Peter Fox (Robert Hazen)
  • X-informatics: making data science down to earth in the real world (Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma)

Organizers & Speakers
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Robert Hazen

Senior Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science
I am a mineralogist who, In 2015, was mesmerized by Peter Fox's vision of data-driven discovery. In the past 6 years, working closely with Peter and his students, we have been attempting to usher in an era of mineral informatics. We have been constructing large data resources and... Read More →
avatar for Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma

Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma

Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Idaho. He received his Ph.D. degree of Earth Systems Science and GIScience from University of Twente, Netherlands in 2011, and then completed postdoctoral training of Data Science at Rensselaer... Read More →
avatar for Mark Parsons

Mark Parsons

University of Alabama in Huntsville
avatar for Susan Shingledecker

Susan Shingledecker

Executive Director, ESIP
Susan is Executive Director or ESIP, Earth Science Information Partners, a global community of Earth science data professionals who come together to find solutions and advance data management to enable and empower the use of data to solve some of our planet's greatest challenges... Read More →


Tuesday July 20, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
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