In March 2012, the ESIP Federation lost long-time member Rob Raskin. Rob was soft-spoken, easy-going, wise and an Earth science information partner extraordinaire. Rob was an expert in geoinformatics, which combines theoretical knowledge of Geographical Science with the technical innovation of Computer Science, and in the field of data interoperability in the Earth and environmental sciences. Rob worked for many years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where, in addition to his exceptional research achievements and tireless service, Rob inspired and guided young researchers to successful careers.

In collaboration with Rob’s family, the ESIP Federation and the Foundation for Earth Science created the Robert G. Raskin Scholarship to support students in fields related to Rob’s research. The scholarship is awarded annually to a current graduate or post-graduate student in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. The scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences. Special attention will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in semantics, GIS, cyberinfrastructure and computing in the geosciences. The Scholarship provides a stipend, travel support to the ESIP Federation summer meeting and an invited talk covering the winner’s field of interest.

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