Interagency Data Stewardship/LifeCycle/Jul2009MeetingPlans

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Please contribute your thoughts and suggestions on our upcoming plans for including Cluster Activities at the upcoming summer ESIP meeting (Santa Barbara, July 2009).

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Please see the current schedule. Session descriptions, goals, outcomes, and speakers follow:


  • Preservation technologies to be given during Day 1 as a series of 1.5 hour technical workshops (perhaps a few may be split in half?)
    • The intent of this session is to determine and begin to assess preservation technologies that exist in the market place (both commercial and open source)
    • There would be presentations on technologies like Fedora, DSpace, DuraSpace, IRods, NCore, LOCKSS, as well as a variety of workflow related technologies, etc.
    • Topics each speaker should cover:
      • Purpose of the technology (what aspects of data lifecycle does the technology support)
      • Capabilities
      • Known Limitations
      • Special emphasis given to discussion of how provenance/context is handled
    • Suggested speakers
      • Fedora and Duraspace - Thornton Staples - confirmed
      • LOCKSS - Vicky Reich - confirmed
      • iRODS - Reagan Moore - confirmed
      • iExperiment - Paolo Missier - confirmed


  • Standards - this session could be held in the midst of the Provenance and Context workshop (~2 hours)
    • Session Goals
      • Standards training
      • Raising awareness within the community of the standards that exist in the earth science
      • Determine where additional standards work is needed, where agency collaboration can help move things forward, etc.
    • Presentations would be given on the following topics
      • Preservation standards
        • OAIS - Have someone knowledgeable about OAIS to explain what it is, how it is being used by NOAA and other agencies. (Why is it important to use it? Is it a mandatory for agencies to use? If so, who made it mandatory?)
      • Data formats - Discuss what is important in data formats to ensure long term preservation of data – talk about HDF, HDF-EOS and NetCDF in this context. What about agencies other than NASA and NOAA? What formats do they use? How does one ensure that data stored in HDF/HDF-EOS/NetCDF continue to be readable and understandable 50 years from now? Etc.
      • Metadata formats – treat similarly to data formats considering metadata standards currently in use (ISO standards, North American Profile, CF-1, COARDS, PREMIS).
    • Suggested speakers:
      • OAIS (Handle this as a panel discussion following a 10-15 minute overview; total time ~30 minutes)
        • Lou Reich/John Granger (overview) confirmed
        • Ken McDonald (NOAA usage) confirmed
        • John Moses/Jeanne Behnke (NASA EOSDIS Data Centers' usage) confirmed
      • Data Formats (total time ~40 minutes)
        • Mike Folk - HDF efforts to improve data preservation (15 minutes) - confirmed
        • Russ Rew - NetCDF and data preservation (15 minutes) - confirmed
        • Discussion (10 minutes)- all
      • Metadata content and format standards (total time ~50 minutes)
        • Ted Habermann - FGDC and ISO standards (15 minutes) - confirmed
        • Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa - NASA ECS Data Model (10 minutes) - confirmed
        • Rebecca Guenther - PREMIS (15 minutes) - not confirmed - suggests Nancy Hoebelheinrich - Nancy confirmed
        • Discussion (10 minutes) - all


  • Rescuing the past (~1 hour)
    • This session is about people's experiences in dealing with data from the past. What are the lessons that should be learned for the future?
    • Suggested speakers:
      • John Moses - NASA (15 min) - confirmed
      • Dennis Wingo (15 min)- confirmed
      • Tom Ross (15 min) - NOAA - confirmed - but need to work out teleconferencing capabilities
      • Discussion (15 min)


  • The View from the Field (2 hours)
    • What are other disciplines and agencies doing for preservation/stewardship? How do they deal with databases, collections of files, physical objects, ad-hoc services such as work flows? How do they deal with provenance? Any lessons to be learned and incorporated into earth science practice?
    • Biology, Astronomy, Medicine, etc. are potential disciplines to be covered
    • Suggested speakers (12 min per speaker):
      • Bruce Wilson representing Clifford Duke - Ecological Society of America workshops on data sharing. Link to Slides. Link to ESA Workshop web site
      • Nirav Merchant - iPlant - confirmed
      • George Djorgovski - National Virtual Observatory/Cal Tech - confirmed
      • Steve Hughes - Planetary Data Systems/JPL - confirmed
      • Reagan Moore - NARA - confirmed
      • Steve Morris - LOC - confirmed
    • Moved the presentations re workflow related technologies to this session:
        • Brian Wilson (JPL) - sciflo - confirmed
        • Paolo Missier - iExperiment.org (will also give a 90 min presentation on Tuesday) confirmed
  • Provenance and Context Workshop

The bulk of the time would be spent on a Provenance/Context Workshop (5 hours spread over 2 days) with agenda:

    • Session 1 (2 hours):
    • Introduction - Purpose of the workshop, overview of agenda, process-- Duerr (5min)
      • Prior work
        • Summary from Winter Meeting--Raskin (15 min)
        • Review of Guiding Documents: OAIS, PREMIS, USGCRP descriptions of provenance/context -- Duerr (30 Min)
      • Provenance and Context research
        • 3 15 min briefings on some of the research projects in this area and how they fit into overall research agenda
        • Speaker suggestions:
          • Jim Frew - confirmed
          • Bruce Barkstrom - confirmed
          • Ruth Duerr - Creation of archive information packages confirmed
    • Open Discussion (~25 min)
      • Review what we learned in preceeding sessions
      • Determine what's missing
      • Plan initial approach to creating final document
    • Session 2 (1 hour)
      • Review prior days plan. New ideas? Modifications.
      • Finalize outline for a report with a recommended Research Agenda and Short-term Action Plan
      • Break into small writing teams
    • Session 3 (2 hours)
      • Writing teams continue for first hour
      • Reconvene and determine plan for finalizing document


  • Cluster Meeting (Friday morning)
    • Agenda:
      • Moving forward with results from the provenance workshop
        • Unfinished business
        • Any emergent topics?
      • Unique identifiers
        • Develop plan for testbed
          • Identify data sets for test
          • Identify ID schemes to use
          • Define assessment strategy
      • Other activities/topics for the group
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