Geo Cyberinfrastructure

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure (GeoCI) Phil Yang, GMU, & Rob Raskin, NASA JPL

Cyberinfrastructure describes the new networking environment that supports advanced data acquisition, data storage, data management, data integration, data mining, data visualization, and other computing and information processing services over the Internet. GeoCI refers to the Cyberinfrastructure dealing with Geospatial domains. GeoCI has great potential to transform the way we conduct research, development, and education for geospatial sciences including geospatial related Earth sciences. How could this impact the way we access Earth science Data? how could it help with the sharing of Earth science information? How could it help utilize Earth science knowledge? And how does it relate to or contribute to the future cloud computing?

This session will solicit and discuss GeoCI insights gained in the past by ESIP members. We will introduce our experiences on GeoCI through the establishment of the Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (CISG) of American Association of Geographers (AAG) and interactions with Univ. Consortium for GIScience and other organizations. The technical topics include but are not limited to: 1.High Performance Computing, 2.Application & Visualization, 3.Knowledge & Metadata, 4.SOA, SOC, Middleware, 5.Free and Open Source Geospatial Software, 6.Social Implications.

We'll also discuss how (as the Earth Science Information community) to respond to the recent 'NSF OCI Dear Colleague letter' for new programs. Please come to share your insights and discuss your interests.