Summer 2011 Meeting - Session Details

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Teacher Workshop

Participating G6-12 educators will attend a 1.5 day workshop that starts Tuesday morning and wraps up Wednesday at noon. The teacher workshop will have an overall theme of Earth Science Education with an integral strand dedicated to Climate Change Education where educators will learn about climate change science, climate resources, and ways to effectively communicate climate change topics.

Educators will also be able to choose from several breakout sessions demonstrating ways that Earth science tools and data can be used in science classrooms. Workshop sessions will be led by ESIP members from NOAA, NASA, EPA, DOE, and several Universities from around the country. Educators will also have a chance to brainstorm lesson plan development based on grade levels. After lunch, everyone is invited to stay for the ESIP conference plenary sessions followed by a fun and informational poster session Wednesday evening.

For more details see:

Standards and Reference Architectures for NASA Earth Science Data Systems

We'll be inviting speakers to talk about success stories of implementing/using standards in their data systems. The standards can either be SPG endorsed standards, OGC standards, ISO standards, or de facto standards that might be candidates for the SPG standards process.


Products and Services Committee Testbed Activities

Session would include an overview of the status and activities of the Products and Services Committee's Testbed. Individual Testbed developers would be asked to present overviews on their activities.

Open Source Software in the Sciences

"This session would involve talks and a panel discussion on leveraging open source software in the sciences. Important issues to cover:

  • What are the emerging and important open source technologies being used in the sciences?
  • What are the licensing issues with using open source software?
  • What open source software communities should ESIP be targetting?
  • How can we set up successful open source software communities?
  • What are the concerns in the areas of redistribution, attribution and commercialization that we should care about when dealing with open source software?
  • How does the use of open source affect your system's architecture?
  • What are the successful open source models?

We will invite members from the ESIP community to come and weigh in on the above topics, as well as have a focused panel with some directed questions that help to flush out some of the ideas and topics.

Earth Science Collaboratory

This session will convene the Earth Science Collaboratory. The main topic will be how to move forward with ESC, generate and maintain momentum, and actually put something together. The session will be a mix of brief presentations and brainstorming, covering topics such as a brief review of ESC, funding and/or implementation strategies, and leveraging other efforts (e.g., EOSDIS Coherent Web, NASA Earth Exchange, Canadian Space Science Data Portal,, Plug-and-play Macroscope, et al.)

Preservation and Stewardship Cluster Planning Breakout

We will review a brief status of the various active activities in the cluster and discuss future plans and milestones for the cluster. Those activities include: Data Stewardship Principles, Identifiers, Citations, Provenance and Context Content Standard, and Preservation Ontology.

Provenance and Context Content Standard Breakout

The purpose of the session is to discuss progress made in developing the Provenance and Context Content Standard proposed during the Winter meeting. Following a brief status presentation, the content items developed so far will be discussed in detail. Inputs will be solicited from the group regarding content items, their representation, and their appropriateness/adequacy to satisfy the needs of future users. Also, next steps in the standard development process will be identified.

Citations Breakout

"We will review recent advancements and the state of the art in citations, including a review of the GeoData 2011 meeting and GEOSS Science and Tech Committee citations standards.

We will also have a ""citation writing workshop"" -- bring your data set and we'll help you figure out how to cite it. This may also contribute to our understanding of more difficult citation needs that we will need to explore.

Preservation Ontology Breakout

A joint session across the Semantic Web and Preservation and Stewardship Clusters aimed at applying the semantic web technologies to the interoperability needs of preservation and stewardship. We will start with a brief presentation on popular provenance models (e.g. Open Provenance Model) and ISO metadata standards. Then we will do some "concept mapping" to build on the preservation use cases in the context of these standards.

Visualization Practices

We all use visualization to show the results of our data -- graphs, maps, interactive applications, etc. How do we decide what gets visualized and how do we go about that process to meet the needs of our target audiences? This breakout will feature case studies illustrating these practices from a variety of data providers and visualizers.

Technology Infusion for the Decadal Survey Era

Based on information derived from the NASA Technology Infusion Working Group's decadal survey mission use cases, this session will explore candidate technologies that could be applied to meet the technology needs of data systems for the decadal survey missions. Our objective is to identify candidate technologies, identify infusion strategies, and possible technology recommendations for decadal survey era data systems.

Intro to Cloud Computing

As a complement to the proposed Cloud Computing workshop, this session will be aimed at those new to the concept, principles, and Federal mandate. CC will be defined and explained in basic technical terms. Roles will discussed, such as that of the system owner, the system integrator, and the hosting provider. A list of pros and cons--with examples--will be offered along with the identification of some of the key players in the marketplace.

Beyond this management and technical overview, a brief review of the Office of Management and Budget's 'Cloud First' policy will be presented along with some analysis as to how that fits with data center consolidation.

Cloud Computing Workshop: Hands-On

This session is a hands-on workshop to help Earth scientists experience the process of deploying applications on a commercial cloud platform. We will use the Microsoft Azure Cloud as an example. Microsoft has agreed to make free Azure accounts available for the participants of this session. The participants will be able to register for a free cloud account before the workshop. The presenters will first show how to deploy two geospatial Web applications on the Azure cloud platform. These applications are: (i) Digital Elevation Model (DEM) interpolation and (ii) an instance of the open layer geospatial viewer. In the second part, the presenters will (optionally) help the participants deploy their own application(s) using their free Azure account. The presenters will assume moderate technical background, and the tutorial is designed for a large audience with various backgrounds. Please list your name/email address below for the provision of Azure accounts before the workshop.

Cloud Computing for Earth Science

Based on recent advancement in cloud computing, and the needs for cloud computing from agencies, industry, academia in enabling research and applications, we organize the sessions among agencies, academia, industry to discuss how cloud computing could help Earth sciences. Microsoft, NASA, EPA, USGS, GMU and others will be reporting their perspectives, and audience will be able to post questions and discuss with the presenters.

We expect this to be two session, and Microsoft agreed to do a keynote for plenary with presenter TBD.

ISO Data Quality

Standardizing the myriad of ways in which data quality can be measured is a very difficult and maybe even impossible task. Rather than taking this on, the ISO Metadata Standards provide the capability for describing data quality measures, how those measures are applied to a resource and what the results are. These approaches will be demonstrated along with connections between ISO and other dialects.

Preservation and Stewardship Use Case Workshop

In this session, we will refine and elaborate various scenarios in the life cycle of earth science data. We are taking two approaches -- First, trying to categorize and explore the breadth of scenarios, from individual scientists working and publishing themselves, to networks of citizen scientists, to industrial processing in large scale satellite missions. Second, we will select one or two and explore them in great detail throughout the life cycle. From these scenarios, we will extract the requirements for the other requirements: identifiers, citations, provenance and context content standard, ontology, etc.

ESIP Discovery Show and Tell

We will begin with a brief overview of the technologies in the ESIP Discovery Cluster. Then we will demo several actual implementations with a little discussion of what it takes to put an implementation together.

Broader Impact: Expert Science Review of Educational Materials

Service Casting

IQ cluster

(terminology, standardization, IQ framework, IQ4EO white paper preparation)

Energy and Climate Cluster

Air Quality Work Group

Semantic Web

Details to come will discuss data quality ontology

Science on Drupal

  • Intro to drupal on various levels
  • Show and tell
  • BoF sessions

Proposed Bylaw Changes: ESIP Community Discussion