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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Data for All People: From Generation to Use and Understanding."

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Robert R. Downs

Columbia University
Senior Digital Archivist
Palisades, NY 10964
Dr. Robert R. Downs serves as the senior digital archivist and acting head of cyberinfrastructure and informatics research and development at CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, a research and data center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He earned the PhD in Information Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a co-chair of the ESIP Information Quality Cluster (IQC), a co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Data Working Group, a co-chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Interest Group on Repository Platforms for Research Data (RPRD), a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Data Facilities (CDF), and a member of the Editorial Board of the CODATA Data Science Journal. He also is a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology (IASSIST).