Geo-Data Informatics: Exploring the Life Cycle, Citation and Integration of Geo-Data

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NSF sponsored workshop - GeoData 2011

Geo-Data Informatics: Exploring the Life Cycle, Citation and Integration of Geo-Data

  • Supporting sponsor - USGS

Workshop Report

GeoData2011 Workshop Report (PDF) [Download]

Tim Killeen's Challenge Question for the Workshop

Give us at least three ways to answer this hypothetical question a year from now:

  • “You told us that this new cyberinfrastructure investment would transform both the practice of science and engineering itself and lead to significant advances in knowledge and understanding – advances that would not have happened otherwise – can you give us some concrete examples of this?”

Participant List

As held Agenda

March 2, Wednesday

A number of efforts have formed in the last few years to bring communities of practice in earth science informatics together. Come hear from four of these efforts in the federal and academic communities and hear updates on their latest endeavors and engage in a discussion on the future roles of these groups in earth science informatics. Panel members will include representatives from National Geoinformatics Community (NGC), the US Geoscience Information Network (USGIN), the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP).

March 3, Thursday

March 4, Friday

Organizing Committee

Peter Fox, Rich Signell, Catherine Norton, Ken Casey, Tom Loveland, Kerstin Lehnert, John Helly, Bruce Wilson, Ruth Duerr, Steve Jackson, Linda Gundersen, Fran Lightsom, Steve Worley, Susan Carbotte.

Description

The workshop will bring together the requisite scientists, information specialists, librarians, computer scientists and data managers who specialize and generalize in a broad variety of geo- discipline areas and applications, with the primary objective to: to substantially advance discussions and directions of data life cycle, data integration and data citation, with strong emphasis on end-use, and to provide a state-of-the-field report to NSF and the USGS of the geoinformatics community’s capabilities and needs that could in turn ultimately benefit from an academic-multi-agency community-focused set of development activities. Additional deliverables would include: a) Readiness assessment and identification of gaps for both technology and education around geo-data informatics and their priorities, b) Grand challenge opportunities as well as immediate next steps, c) Identification of additional stakeholders and means to include their inputs. The time is right for a series of discussions across the various geoscience discipline communities. The proposed workshop is a forum for this discussion and is an important component of the conversation, which must occur immediately. It is very likely that a highly distributed implementation will be required and these will rely upon a number of focused and coordinated efforts.

Outcomes

  • A survey of what different groups are doing, what parts of a data life cycle, data citation and data integration frameworks are well established, and to determine if there are common gaps across disciplines.
  • Guidance or prioritization of addressing gaps in the lifecycle of data acquisition; curation and preservation would be a useful outcome for the NSF potentially leading to new program opportunities. Similar prioritization and program opportunities for data citation and integration are also envisioned.
  • Develop a communications strategy to meet the needs of the research community, identify demographically underserved communities including aspects of management of any geoinformatics data infrastructure.
  • Identify how academic and agency collaboration in geoinformatics and Geo-Data informatics data life cycle, citation and integration can be optimally leveraged and implemented to serve the needs of all constituents.

Deliverables

Provide a state-of-the-field report to NSF and the mission agencies (USGS, NASA, NOAA, EPA, DoE, ...) of the geoinformatics community’s capabilities and needs that could in turn ultimately benefit from an academic-agency community focused set of development activities. The report will also be linked from agency websites.

Additional deliverables would include:

  • Readiness assessment and identification of gaps for both technology and education around geo-data informatics and their priorities
  • Grand challenge opportunities as well as immediate next steps
  • Identification of additional stakeholders and means to include their inputs

Registration

Registration page - for more information contact Peter Fox (pfox at cs dot rpi dot edu)

Dates, Location

o HOTEL INFORMATION

The workshop will be held at the Omni Interlocken Resort. We have a room block at the hotel. The hotel information is listed below.

    Omni Interlocken Resort
    500 Interlocken Blvd
    Denver (Broomfield), Colorado 80021
    Phone: (303) 438-6600, Fax: (303) 438-7224
    Event: Geodata
    Code: 15300035637
    Room rate: $104.00 per night-Please note that the cutoff date for this rate is February 18.

This will be direct billed but the hotel may require a credit card number to put on file to cover incidental charges not covered by the workshop support.

o TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Options for booking flights.
1. Book your travel with Empress Travel and request to direct bill to RPI. Let them know that you are a GeoData Workshop participant. Their contact information is listed below.

2. Book through Empress and pay with your own credit card and submit for reimbursement.

3. Book your own travel through other means and submit for reimbursement.

    Empress Travel
    1711 Union Street
    Schenectady, NY 12309
    Telephone: 1-518-374-3176
    Fax: 1-518-374-8766
    Travel agent: Barbara Waterbury
    Email address: BWATERBURY@travelempress.com

o DIRECTIONS

Driving Directions
Previous driving were taken from hotel website and were found to be erroneous. New directions will be posted.

Other transportation options from the airport:
•Taxi Service: Approximately $70 one way
•The Super Shuttle Service: Approximately $40 per person for a round trip and $25.00 per person one way. Operates 4:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. The discount code for making reservations at www.supershuttle.com is LQVAD. There is a link to the code-reservations webpage,
https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=LQVAD. Passengers can also make reservations by calling 1-800-BLUEVAN (258-3826).
Download Super Shuttle instructions [Download]

FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN METROPOLITAN AIRPORT – 1 MILE
Exit the airport by Airport Way, turning left onto CO 128/Interlocken Loop. Take the first right onto Interlocken Pkwy. Turn left onto Interlocken Boulevard. The hotel is 3-4 blocks ahead on the right side.
•Complimentary Shuttle: Available 6:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. based on availability

FROM THE NORTH
Take I-25 South, exit on 104th Ave. and turn right. Proceed on 104th until you get to US 36 West and go towards Boulder. Exit on Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive and turn left. Proceed 1 block to Interlocken Blvd. and turn left. The hotel is located up the hill on the left side.

FROM THE SOUTH
Take I-25 North to US 36 West. Exit Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive and turn left. Proceed 1 block to Interlocken Blvd. and turn left. Hotel is located up the hill on the left side.

FROM THE EAST
Take I-70 West to I-25 North to US 36 West. Exit Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive and turn left. Proceed to Interlocken Blvd. and turn left. The hotel is located up the hill on the left side.

FROM THE WEST
Take I-70 East to I-25 North to US 36 West. Exit on Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive and turn left. Proceed 1 block to Interlocken Blvd. and turn left. The hotel is located up the hill on the left side.

FROM BOULDER
Take US 36 East, exit Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive, make a right onto Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive, then make a left onto Interlocken Blvd. The hotel is located up the hill on the left side.

FROM DOWNTOWN DENVER
Take I-25 North to 36 West, exit at Interlocken Loop/Storagetek Drive and make a left. Proceed 1 block to Interlocken Blvd. and turn left. The hotel is located up the hill on the left side.

  • Local participants - please register for determining catering requirements
  • March 2-4, 2011 - Wed PM (start at noon), Thur, Fri AM (until noon)

Reimbursement

To process travel reimbursements, funded participants will be required to:
1. Complete a Travel Reimbursement Form. A hard copy of the form with a return envelope will be included in your workshop packet and given to you when you check-in. You may also download the form.
Download Travel Reimbursement Form [Download]
2. Include the original receipts.
3. Mail the Travel Reimbursement Form and the receipts to the address:

   Jacqueline Carley
   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
   Tetherless World Constellation
   Winslow Bldg
   2nd Floor, Rm 2108
   110 8th Street
   Troy, NY 12180

Please note: Airfare (paid with personal credit card and not direct billed), airport transfers (not rental cars), and a supplemental per diem for meals not covered by the meeting are allowable expenses.