Danny Hardin, TERC, The National Space Science and Technology Center
The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) brings together data and information providers from government agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, and businesses in an effort to make Earth science information available to a broader community. The objective of the Federation is to develop methods that make space-based imagery and related Earth science data easy to preserve, locate, access and use for all beneficial applications. Space-based imagery and Earth science data are powerful tools for: teachers who use data, information, and tools to enhance education; professors who are educating our future scientists; students who have an interest in the earth, earth processes, or science; scientists who can better understand basic biological, geophysical, and chemical cycles of the Earth system; civil servants who need to assess and plan for sustainable resources; the public whose lives are affected daily by environmental change; environmental decision makers; and business people who create value in the imagery and support further missions. The goal of the ESIP Federation is to establish and continuously improve science-based end-to-end processes that increase the quality and value of Earth science products and services. As part of that process the ESIP Federation has developed and continues to develop Earth science data products, information, and tools tailored for the educational community at all age levels and in formal and informal educational contexts.
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