July 7-10, 2009, ESIP Federation Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA

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The Summer 2009 ESIP Federation will take place on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most of the meeting will take place at Bren Hall.

Visioneers Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24433586256

Getting There

The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is adjacent to the UCSB campus, and is served by United, Alaska, American, US Air, Allegiant, and Delta Airlines. If you are staying in the campus dorm, call 805-893-6161 upon arrival, and the campus shuttle will pick you up at SBA airport and transport you to the Manzanita Village dorm.

More flight options are available to LAX and BUR airports in Los Angeles (100 miles away). From LAX, the Santa Barbara AirBus makes 7 trips per day to Santa Barbara (and Goleta, near the campus). From BUR, Amtrak makes five trips per day to SB (and Goleta).

Campus parking is free for those staying in the dorms (or $8 a day for those not staying in the dorms).


Lodging for the meeting is offered by campus housing in Manzanita Village. The dorms overlook the Pacific Ocean and are available as double occupancy rooms ($191.40) or double rooms, single occupancy ($382.80). The single rooms (with single bed) are sold out. The room rates are for the FOUR NIGHT period of July 6-10, 2009 and cannot be prorated, regardless of the number of nights used. On-campus housing will be billed during registration and is not refundable.

Additional lodging is offered 15-20 minutes away at the Upham Hotel. The Upham is a city inn within close walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara. A small block of rooms is being held until May 22. The cost per room is $125/night (plus 12% tax). Use the ESIP/Bren code when calling to reserve your room at 805.962.0058.

Additional lodging suggestions (note that these may already be full, and do not offer conference discounts):

For those staying into the weekend: Summer weekend rates (Friday-Saturday) are EXPENSIVE in Santa Barbara. Lower rates may be found in Goleta or Carpinteria (10 miles east of SB).


Registration for the 23rd ESIP Federation meeting is conducted online. Early Bird registration continues through May 29 and is $325 (member) or $425 (non-members). Regular and on-site registration is $425 (member) or $525 (non-member). Registration for the meeting is done online by clicking here and is completed by using Visa/MasterCard. Limited on-site registration will be available.

Program Elements

The Summer Meeting Plan incorporates a wide range of member opportunities. On Tuesday, a full day of hands-on learning (Technical Workshops) about important technologies and products. On Wednesday, an opportunity to interact with leading experts in fields important to your work. On Thursday, you are the expert, and it is time to share your knowledge or ask your question in small-group sessions. On Friday, the Federation does its needed business (everyone is encouraged to join in on one or more committee, cluster, or working-group efforts). Then it is time for the entrepreneurial side of ESIP: Funding Friday shows how the Federation can point combined resources and a little extra funding to the solution of important problems.


July 7, 2009

July 8, 2009

July 9, 2009

July 10, 2009

Technical Workshops

This year's technical workshops provide your organization or project to share your experience and technical insights with other Federation members, both to facilitate technology transfer, but to also expose your team's capabilities with an eye towards developing new collaborations with other Federation members. Previous workshops have highlighted work with various standards and specifications (e.g. OGC, ISO, JSR), new products and platforms, and interoperability demonstrations.

Please consider developing and presenting a workshop for one of our 90-minute slots in the list below. If you have any questions about available facilities and resources, please contact Karl Benedict. Speaking of facilities, there are two computer labs that are available for workshops, so if you want to do a hands-on workshop in a lab environment, that can be arranged.

To submit a workshop, please add a link to a new Wiki page for your workshop in one of the available slots in the list, and provide on the linked page:

  • The title of the workshop
  • The name of the presenter
  • A brief abstract of the presentation

Also, if you will be demonstrating an online technology, please let us know if you need access through any specific network ports, as we want to arrange ahead of time firewall rules for the network to allow for those connections. Ports that will be enabled by default are:

Firewall ports.jpg

Software installed on Bren machines

Proposed workshops

  1. Development of a persistent Federation demonstration resource for promoting Federation member products and services - Karl Benedict
  2. Finally, Some Examples of ISO Metadata!
  3. Fedora & Duraspace - Preservation Track
  4. iRODS - Preservation Track
  5. LOCKSS - Preservation Track
  6. iExperiment - Preservation Track
  7. Semantic Web and Technology
  8. MMI Semantic Framework in Practice
  9. McIDAS-V Scientific Data Visualization and Analysis Workshop
  10. NASA SPG Web Services Technical Session
  11. High Speed Image Sharing Throughout the Enterprise

Technology Showcase

The technology showcase will provide an opportunity for an interactive demonstration of your group's technology through a live table-top demonstration on a flat-panel display. Poster boards may be requested if desired for backup materials. The showcase will take place in the afternoon of July 7, with two types of demonstrations. General demos will run in 90 minute slots and shorter Metadata demos will run in 15 minute slots. Please add a link to a wiki page for your demonstration to the list below if you would like to do a demonstration in the showcase. Please include in your demonstration wiki page the following information:

  • The presenter's name
  • A title for the demo
  • Whether or not you will require a poster board
  • Any specific network ports you will need open for off-venue network requests

General Showcase

  1. GLIDER: A comprehensive software tool to visualize, analyze and mine satellite imagery - Rahul Ramachandran
  2. Talkoot: Discover, Tag, Share, and Reuse Collaborative Science Workflows - Rahul Ramachandran
  3. MODAPS Web Services - SOA machine-to-machine access to search and order MODIS data products - Kevin L. Stewart
  4. BAMS/DataFed Demonstration - John McHenry/Rudy Husar
  5. Searchlight - Marilyn Kaminski/Ruth Duerr/SJS Khalsa/Mark Parsons

Metadata Showcase

(15 minutes each, unless noted)
  1. NASA's Global Change Master Directory and Climate Diagnostics Portal - Tyler Stevens
  2. Mercury 3.0 - A New SOA based data discovery and access system - Bruce Wilson
  3. Metadata Interoperability - Phil Yang

Semantic Showcase

(15 minutes each, unless noted)
  1. SWEET 2.0 community ontologies - Rob Raskin
  2. MMI - Luis Bermudez
  3. Semantic Mirador -- Semantic Web for the Hoi Polloi - Chris Lynnes
  4. Provenance - Peter Fox
  5. Data Integration - Peter Fox
  6. Generation of an ISO/IEC 11179 compliant Data Dictionary from the PDS4 Ontology - Steve Hughes

Teacher Workshop (sponsored by NOAA)

During the Summer ESIP Federation meeting, a special series of Teacher Track sessions was conducted on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9.

--- Agenda for the ESIP summer conference teacher track ---

Wednesday July 8th

9:00– 11:45: ESIP Plenary (UCSB Bren Colloquium Room)

11:45– Lunch

1:00 - Welcome, Teacher Workshop Overview & Introductions Margaret Mooney, ESIP Education Chair

1:30 - Climate Literacy Essential Principles Tamara Ledley, Climate Literacy Network/TERC

2:00 - Activities to incorporate NOAA Weather & Climate Data into the Classroom LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA Climate Program Office

3:00 - Break

3:30 - Ocean Temperature, Salinity and Density Gregg Foti, NASA PO. DAAC Annette Decharon, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

4:30 - Seaicebox: Exploring Sea Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions Annette Schloss, UNH

5:30 - Conference Reception and poster session

Thursday July 9th

9:00 to 10:00 - Two concurrent sessions in adjacent computer labs

Satellite Observations in Science Education Tommy Jasmin, CIMSS/SSEC, UW-Madison

Using the 2008 TerraViva! SEDAC Viewer in the Classroom Robert R. Downs, CIESIN, Columbia University

10:00 - Break

10:30 - - Two concurrent sessions KML and Google Earth Raj Singh, Open Geospatial Consortium

Sampling the Sea Bruce Caron and Constance Penley

11:30 - Two concurrent sessions

World Ocean Atlas (WOA) Data Viewer Martin Landsfeld (NASA DIAL ACCESS Project) and Bruce Caron

Earth Exploration Toolbook Tamara Ledley, TERC

12:30 - Lunch

2:00 - Two concurrent sessions Climate Change Activities that clarify the 2007 IPCC Report Margaret Mooney, CIMSS/SSEC, UW-Madison

NWS Education Products and Services for Teachers, Students and the Public Ron Gird, NWS

3:00 to 3:30 Break - Reconvene as one group after break

3:30 - Overview & Recap of ESIP Educational Resources

Brian Rogan, ESIP Research and Outreach Coordinator

4:00 to 5:30 - Shar-a-thon, evaluations, wrap-up

5:30 Adjourn

Data Preservation and Stewardship Workshop

Environmental Decision Making Workshop

Air Quality Community Meeting

Open Meeting Sessions

FUNding Friday


Add-On Independent (or Group) activities

The Local ESIPs will post some activities here that are available Friday afternoon or on the weekend, for those who want to stay over.

Optional activities that would require a group registration will be added to the meeting registration system or some other sign-up to guarantee the event.

Whale Watching

Santa Barbara Channel Whale Watching

land and sea tour

Tour as individuals, or we can do a group tour

Going Sideways

First: watch the movie:

Sideways: the movie

Then decide if the Federation should spring for a group tour, go on your own, or pick an individual tour

Touring the Santa Barbara wine country

Front Country Hiking

Hike the nearby mountains


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (up Mission Canyon) and Sea Center (on the wharf)


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (further up Mission Canyon)

lotusland (aummm....)

infamous pick-up bars

(somewhere to go after the museum)

Wildcat Lounge

EOS Lounge (NO, we did not make the name up... try the DAACiri)

other spots of interest

Oprah's house (requires parachute)