This strategic planning initiative will be overseen by a 12-person Steering Committee comprised of the individual co-chairs of the six Working Groups.  Working Group chairs were chosen for their expertise and are representative of the diverse communities (earth and environmental sciences, technological and social sciences, library and information sciences) to be served by ISEES and who will contribute to its success. The Steering Committee will provide for overall management of the project and also will co-author the strategic plan that will be based on the six sets of Working Group recommendations.

Matthew B. Jones is Director of Informatics Research and Development at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California Santa Barbara, and co-PI for the DataONE federated data repository network.  He co-founded the Kepler project, an open source scientific workflow system, and leads other open source research projects for environmental science.  Jones serves as ISEES PI and chair of the Steering Committee, coordinates work across groups, co-chairs the Software Lifecycle working group, and ensures creation of an effective strategic plan for ISEES.

Lee Allison is State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey.  He is a Principal Investigator for the largest project in the National Geothermal Data System, co-chairs the US Geoscience Information Network (USGIN), chairs the EarthCube Governance Steering Committee (NSF), and serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation’s Geoscience Directorate.   For ISEES, Allison will be a member of the Steering Committee and co-chair the Community Engagement and Outreach Strategies working group.

Daniel P. Ames will co-lead the Workforce Development working group for ISEES. Ames is an Associate Professor in the Brigham Young University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliate Professor at Idaho State University. He brings extensive experience with full life cycle software development in the open source scientific software domain through the MapWindow GIS project and the derivative DotSpatial, BASINS, and CUAHSI HydroDesktop software tools.

Bruce Caron is the founder and executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute. Bruce has been active in issues of digital libraries, the use of multimedia in education, and the theory of digital media. His longer-term research interest is in the theory and practice of community building and virtual organizations. Caron will serve on the Steering Committee, and co-lead the Sustainability and Governance working group.

Scott Collins is a community ecologist studying the impact of climate change and climate variability on grassland ecosystems. He is currently PI of the Sevilleta LTER Program, Chair of the LTER Network Executive Board and Science Council, and President-Elect of the Ecological Society of America. Collins will serve on the Steering Committee for ISEES and will co-chair the Science Challenges working group.

Patricia Cruse is the founding director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and is responsible for all services within UC3. She works collaboratively with the ten UC campuses to develop sustainable strategies for the curation and preservation of digital content that supports the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University.  For ISEES, Cruse will be a member of the Steering Committee and co-chair the Sustainability and Governance Working Group.

Peter Fox, Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science at RPI, researches solar and solar-terrestrial physics, ocean and environmental informatics, computational and computer science, and distributed semantic data frameworks. The results are applied to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines. Fox will serve on the ISEES Steering Committee and co-chair the Software Systems working group..

Stephanie Hampton is Deputy Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a center with an explicit mission to foster collaboration, synthetic cross-disciplinary work, and the community ethic and means for data sharing. In her role at NCEAS and other highly collaborative efforts, such as DataONE, she is actively engaged in fostering skills for and a vibrant community around data-intensive research. For ISEES, Hampton will serve on the Steering Committee and will co-chair of the Workforce Development working group.

Chris Mattmann is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, a Senior Computer Scientist at NASA JPL, and a senior member of the IEEE. Mattmann is Vice President of the Apache Software Foundation, the world’s most prominent open source software community, and chair of the NASA Earth Science Data System Software Reuse Working Group. For ISEES, Mattmann will serve on the Steering Committee and co-lead the Software Lifecycle working group.

Carol Meyer is Executive Director of the Foundation for Earth Science, the management organization for the ESIP Federation. Meyer has overseen the growth of the ESIP Federation as a forum for science data and technology professionals to work collaboratively across and within sectors and communities on interoperability challenges. For ISEES, Meyer will be a member of the Steering Committee and co-chair the Community Engagement and Outreach Strategies working group.

William Michener is Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives for University Libraries at the University of New Mexico.  He is Project Director for Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) and conducts research on sustainability of cyberinfrastructure, development of federated data systems, and community engagement and education.  Michener co-chairs the Science working group, participates in the Sustainability and Governance Working Group, and is a member of the Steering Committee.

James Regetz is Lead Scientific Programmer at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and has a background in computationally intensive ecology and environmental science, environmental information management, effective use of relevant software and computing resources, statistical analysis and estimation, and ecological modeling and simulation. Regetz will serve as the senior software analyst on the project, and will be the liaison among working groups and Steering Committee.

Mark Schildhauer is Director of Computing at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. His research interests include ecoinformatics, the semantic web, and scientific workflows, with a focus on environmental science. Schildhauer and colleagues developed the extensible observation ontology, OBOE, and a semantic annotation architecture that improves data discovery and re-use.  He helped develop Ecological Metadata Language, is a co-founder of the Kepler scientific workflow project, and led the SEEK Knowledge Representation group.  On ISEES, Schildhauer co-chairs the Software Systems working group, and is a member of the Steering Committee.