Summer 2010 Technical Workshops

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Updated: 03/22/2010 Rahul Ramachandran

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   * Description:
   * Audience:
   * Workshop Category Type:
         o Working meetings – working meeting that are set up more like tutorials with hands on participation
         o Presentation track
   * Special requirements:
         o Room Configuration Requirements
         o Equipment requirements
   * Proposed Time Length (90 Minutes max):

Suggested Workshops

1 Data Visualization Boot Camp

   * Focus: Follow on from last summer’s meeting
   * Workshop lead: Bruce Caron

Abstract: Many ESIP partners process datasets into visualizations for scientific investigation or as information for end users. Using better practices in data visualization will lead to more effective science and communication. The ESIP Summer meetings are a good place for earth data visualizers to share their successful practices and to build a set of best practice models for earth data visualizations. This workshop will bring together top data visualizers from several ESIPs, and others looking to learn more about visualization tools and techniques. The goal is to start a visualization resource that can grow over time to become an educational tool for Federation and the larger earth science data community.

2 Semantic Web Workshop

   * Semantic Web 101
   * Workshop lead: Peter Fox
   * Linked Data Cloud
  * Workshop lead: Rahul Ramachandran

3 Collaborative Technologies and Geoportal Extension

   * 3.1 Exposing Data with Web Services
   * Workshop Lead: Christine Eggers ESRI


It is no secret that exposing geospatial datasets as web services makes them easier for users to discover and use. Web services allow users to access and then combine different datasets for their own purposes and in their own map viewers, often in creative ways. Even so, the standards, organizational policies, and technical aspects of how to move datasets to web services can be daunting. This workshop investigates the value of web services, how to expose datasets as standards-based web services, and tools that enable users to discover web-accessible data resources.

Intended Audience: All, particularly organizations that produce or manage geospatial datasets.

4. Federated Search

   * ESIP's Federated Search
   * Workshop lead: Chris Lynnes


ESIP's Federated Search cluster is developing a framework to support space-time and keyword search for data. The aim is to include both small and large data providers, both data and services (eventually), and both dataset and file-level searches. The approach is to leverage the OpenSearch standard, layering an ESIP-specific convention on top.

This workshop will include:

  • an introduction and demos of existing Federated Search implementations (yes, they exist!)
  • work on details of the ESIP convention and how to foster client and server development

Intended Audience: Both Federated Search newbies (esp. for the first half) and Federated Search cluster members (second half). Newbies are welcome to watch some of the sausage-making in the second half.

Workshop Category: Presentation Track.

5. Interoperability 101

   * Focus: Survey course for new members to introduce different interoperability standards
   * Workshop lead: Karl Bennedict

6. Climate Modeling

   * Focus: The use of climate models
   * Workshop lead: Rob Raskin to recruit from ORNL

7. Drupal in a Day - Part 1 and 2

   * Workshop lead: Sunil Movva, Jerry Pan and Giri Palanisamy
   * Part 1: Learn the basics
   * Part 2: Earth Science customizations

8. Service & Data Casting

   * Workshop lead:  Brian Wilson
   * Short presentations/demos and working discussion


Discussion of how to advertise web services, datasets, and data granules using service, dataset, and granule casts (RSS or Atom feeds). Brian will present on service casting, and Ruth Duerr will demo some dataset casting. Multiple groups are doing this kind of casting, so we will discuss intended uses, how to agree on these formats (use of georss and other metadata tags), and coordinate efforts to minimize redundant work.

Intended audience:

Anyone interested in publishing lightweight, searchable metadata for services and datasets in these 'casting' formats.

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