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In January 2012, NCAR became a member of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), joining other UCP ESIP members, including Unidata, GLOBE, and DLESE. ESIP is an open networked community of over 120 organizations that bring together science, data and information technology researchers and practitioners. ESIP provides an open opportunity for any interested UCAR/NCAR individuals to get involved with working groups and clusters on a variety of data and information topics such as data formats and standards, data discovery, curation and preservation, geospatial data and information, visualization and developing the science data information profession.ESIP holds two annual meetings that bring together individuals from member organizations to present new work, discuss current collaborations, and start new projects. Several NCAR staff participated in the ESIP Summer Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin and we are encouraging interested individuals to participate at the next ESIP meeting, January 8-10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Early registration takes place through November 30th and the site for the winter meeting can be found at http://www.esipfed.org/meetingsFor more information about ESIP, see http://www.esipfed.org/ for a general overview, http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Main_Page for the current ESIP collaboration topics, or contact the current NCAR representative, Mike Daniels from the Computing, Data, and Software (CDS) facility in EOL (email: email@example.com).