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May 16th Workshop

EarthCube Workflows Community
Virtual Workshop

May 16, 2012

Boulder, CO

Slides and meeting notes are available, links to all these materials are in the Agenda section below.


The main goal of the workshop is to solicit input from the geosciences community for a planned workflows roadmap report to be released on June 6, 2012. 


In preparation for the meeting, all participants are requested to start to fill out this questionnaire, to be finalized at the meeting.  The agenda will be structured around the questionnaire.  Speakers will be selected among the responses submitted.

The meeting is open to everyone to participate. 
There will be a physical meeting for those able to attend in Boulder, CO.  Virtual participation is also possible.  The meeting discussions will be recorded and made publicly available.

Participants must register for the meeting here
Because of the large amount of virtual participants, we are setting up virtual meeting and virtual breakout capabilities that require that everyone registers for the webex session, see instructions below.  In-situ attendance is limited to 70 participants.  Virtual participation is unlimited.


The meeting will take place
on Wednesday May 16, 2012 7:30am-5:30pm MDT (local Boulder time).

7:30am-8:00am Breakfast (provided)
8:00am-10:00am Introduction and background -- Notes <- Session notes, see also slides below
  8:00-8:10 - Welcome and meeting overview (Yolanda Gil, USC/ISI)
  8:10-8:30 - EarthCube overview and status, Q&A (Cliff Jacobs, NSF)
-- Slides <- slides
  8:30-8:45 - EarthCube Workflows Community Group activities, Q&A (Yolanda Gil, USC/ISI) -- Slides <- slides
  8:45-9:15 - Introduction to workflows, Q&A (Chris Duffy, PSU) -- Slides <- slides
  9:15-9:45 - Workflows Community Questionnaire (Ewa Deelman, USC/ISI)
  9:45-10:00 - Planning breakout groups
10:00am-10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am-12pm Breakout I: Context: why use workflows
(Chair: Ibrahim Demir, U. Iowa)
  Breakout 1: Not (yet) workflow users -- Notes <- Session notes
  Breakout 2: Semantics and workflows (or not) -- Notes 
<- Session notes
  Breakout 3: Current workflow users -- Notes  <- Session notes
  Breakout 4: Virtual participants, use webex session -- Notes <- Session notes

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:30pm-2:00pm Breakout I reports
2:00pm-3pm Breakout II: Uses of workflows by participants (Chair: Suresh Marru, Indiana U.)
  Breakout 1: Not (yet) workflow users -- Notes  <- Session notes
  Breakout 2: 
Semantics and workflows (or not) -- Notes <- Session notes
  Breakout 3: Current workflow users -- Notes <- Session notes
3:30pm-4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00pm-4:30pm Breakout II reports
4:30pm-5:00pm Plenary: Communication and governance (Chair: Gerry Wiener, NCAR)
    Notes: <- Session notes
5:00pm-5:30pm Final discussion, action items, wrap up (Chair: Yolanda Gil, USC/ISI)

6:30pm Group dinner


Participants must register for the meeting here
Everyone must also register separately for the webex session, see instructions below. 


We are very grateful to NCAR for allowing us to use their meeting facilities at the Foothills Lab in Boulder CO, and providing substantial support for this meeting.

Directions and other visitor information including lodging can be found at the lower right side of this pageThe Best Western Golden Buff gives NCAR visitors a reduced rate (about $75).

Rooms: FL2 1001 (main meeting room) and
FL2 1003, FL0 -2512, FL3-1067, FL2-3099 (breakout rooms).

Virtual Participation

Because of the large amount of virtual participants, we are setting up virtual meeting and virtual breakout capabilities that require that everyone must register for the webex session (whether attending in person or virtually).  This will take 30 seconds, simply go to:

        Workshop meeting webex session registration site

and click on "Registration".

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

Travel Support

There is a limited amount of funds to support participant travel, particularly for students, post-doctoral researchers, and new investigators. To request travel funds, please send email to Yolanda Gil.


This work is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant # EAR-1238216 as part of the NSF EarthCube initiative.