The primary objective for the ESIP EnviroSensing Cluster is to provide sensor network resources for environmental sensor practitioners through a wiki page and regular monthly teleconferences. Primary activities include 1) building a sensor and sensor data management best practices guide through community participation, 2) regular monthly teleconferences, and 3) ongoing maintenance of the EnviroSensing wiki page (http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/EnviroSensing_Cluster) and sensor network resource links. The sensor and sensor data management best practices guide is an open-source, community-supported, living document that implements the “wiki process”. This best practices guide builds on the collective experience of community participants and is organized around the following six topics:
· Sensor site platform selection – selecting sites and acquisition systems
· Remote data acquisition – transmission from field to server
· Streaming data management middleware – available software systems
· Sensor management tracking and documentation – life cycle events to document
· Sensor data quality – QA/QC procedures
EnviroSensing Cluster monthly teleconferences provide a discussion forum that is open to the community. Teleconferences in 2015 have featured presentations by sensor research projects (e.g., the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Desert Research Institute, and Heat Seek NYC), and by sensor manufacturer and software developers (e.g., Aquatic Informatics, Onset, LI-COR, and Kisters). The EnviroSensing Cluster welcomes community additions and updates to the best practices guide and welcomes the broader community in ongoing forums.