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  • EarthCube Domain End-User Workshop: Petrology & Geochemistry

    "Developing a Cyberinfrastructure Vision for Petrology & Geochemistry"


    When: March 6/7, 2013

    Where: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC


    This workshop will bring together research scientists, data managers, sample curators, and information technology specialists to develop a vision for an advanced knowledge management system that will transform the way petrological and geochemical data and samples are acquired and used.


    The workshop will provide guidance to the NSF EarthCube initiative to design and develop the architecture of an Earth Science cyberinfrastructure that is aligned with the end-users’ needs for data and sample access, software tools, computing capabilities, and policies and procedures that not only support, but transform the conduct of science while addressing scientists' concerns regarding data quality, data sharing, data citation, intellectual property, and career advancement.



    Registration is now closed. Please contact Kerstin Lehnert.


    Virtual Participation

    For information how to participate online: Click here


    Science Scenarios






    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    • 08:00 am Continental breakfast
    • 08:30 am Introduction
      • Welcome (E. Cottrell & NMNH Director Kirk Johnson)
      • EarthCube: Vision & Goals (NSF
      • Workshop Goals and Background (K. Lehnert) [pdf]
    • 09:00 – 10:00 am Invited presentations:  Major scientific challenges, present data & cyber constraints, and future opportunities.
      • Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington) [pdf]
      • Charlie Langmuir (Harvard University) [pdf]
      • Mark Ghiorso (OFM-Research) [pdf]
      • Discussion (15 min)
    • 10:00 – 10:30 am EarthCube Survey Results (J. Gutcher-Gershenfeld) [pdf]
    • 10:30 – 10:40 am Introduction to breakout sessions, establish breakout groups
    • 10:40 -11:00 am Coffee break and move to breakout rooms
    • 11:00 – 12:30 pm Breakout session I: Identify science challenges and the gaps in cyberinfrastructure that are necessary to address them.
    • 12:30 – 01:40 pm  Lunch in the ECR (w/ introduction of participants). Box lunch provided.
    • 01:40 – 02:15 pm Reports from Breakout session I & discussion
    • 02:15 – 03:15 pm Breakout Session II: Review and append draft lists of existing Data Systems, Components, and Models; identify needs
    • 03:15 – 03:45 pm Coffee Break and move back to plenary room
    • 03:45 – 04:45 pm Reports from Breakout session II & discussion/synthesis
    • 05:00 – 07:00 pm Reception. Behind-the-scenes tours of NMNH Collections and after-hours access to Geology Gems and Minerals Hall. (Department of Mineral Sciences, 4th Floor of the East Wing, and GGM Hall, second level, off the Rotunda). Tours of the National Gems and Minerals Collection will be a timed, ticketed event.
    • 07:00 pm Dinner, on your own.


    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    • 08:00 am Continental breakfast (ECR)
    • 08:30 – 09:15 am Invited Presentations: Cyberinfrastructure Vision.
      • Peter Fox (RPI)
      • Ilya Zaslavsky (San Diego Supercomputing Center, UCSD)
      • Discussion
    • 09:15 – 10:00 am Invited Presentation: Science Scenario.
      • Leah Cortland (University of South Florida)
      • Tim  McCoy (Smithsonian Institution) [pdf]
      • Discussion
    • 10:00 – 10:10 am  Establish breakout groups for session III
    • 10:10 -10:30 am Coffee break and move to breakout rooms
    • 10:30 – 12:00 pm Breakout Session III: Science Scenarios
    • 12:00 – 01:00 pm  Lunch (ECR). Box lunch provided.
    • 01:00 – 01:30 pm Reports from Breakout Session III
    • 01:30 – 03:00 pm Synthesis, Next Steps
    • 03:00 pm.  Adjourn plenary session. Organizing committee and breakout session leaders gather to draft initial report.


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    Organizing Committee:

    Chuck Connor (University of South Florida)

    Elizabeth Cottrell (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)

    Rajdeep Dasgupta (Rice University)

    Kerstin Lehnert (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)

    Abani Patra (SUNY Buffalo)



    For more information, please contact Kerstin Lehnert.

  • New EarthChem Projects & Collaborations

    Nov 2012. EarthChem has established new collaborations with various geoinformatics and science partners to build new data collections, software tools, and interoperable data exchange that will support a wide range of Earth Science disciplines and major science programs in the future. They will broaden EarthChem's data holdings, and contribute to the advancement of a sustainable cyberinfrastructure, particularly for the petrology and geochemistry domains.


    • CZOData: EarthChem will contribute to the development of a data infrastructure for the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO), named CZOData, building a web-based version of the CZchemDB database of soil geochemistry that was developed and maintained at Pennsylvania State University by S. Brantley and her team. This will enable geochemical data from studies of the Critical Zone to be integrated with the diverse data types acquired by CZOs in the CZOData system, and with other geochemical data at the EarthChem Portal. Read more.
    • ODM2.0: EarthChem is part of a project funded by the Earth Sciences Division of the US NSF to develop a community information model and related software to enable web based interoperability of earth observations derived from sensors and samples that span now discrete data and informatics initiatives for multiple communities. Read more.


  • VentDB: Major Data Synthesis of Seafloor Hydrothermal Spring Geochemistry Released in the EarthChem Library

    Nov 2012. A suite of 19 regional syntheses of seafloor hydrothermal spring geochemistry have been compiled by Michael Mottl (University of Hawaii) in collaboration with EarthChem as part of the NSF-funded VentDB project and are now accessible in the EarthChem Library. Each synthesis is available as an .xls spreadsheet that contains a complete compilation of geochemical data measured from hydrothermal spring samples collected ina geographically well defined area (e.g., Galapagos Spreading Center, EPR 21N, Guaymas, etc.). The complete suite contains data from over 140 publications. For detailed information about the VentDN synthesis, please download the explanatory notes (doi:10.1594/IEDA/100207).

  • EarthCube Workshop: Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences

    Nov 2012. As part of the EarthCube initiative, NSF is convening a series of workshops to identify critical cyberinfrastructure needs and opportunities in the geosciences. Within this effort, the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences working group is seeking to gather information and input in the general domain of paleoenvironmental and paleobiological sciences. To this end, we invite you to participate in three ways:


    1) Attend our Town Hall meeting at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to learn about the EarthCube initiative, discuss community needs and opportunities, and provide input. The AGU town hall meeting will be held:
    Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:30-7:00pm in Room Pacific C at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel (55 Fourth Street).


    2) Take our community survey to assess current community cyberinfrastructure resources and utilization. Please take the survey! We need your input whether or not you're participating in another capacity, and your responses will ensure that our community is well-represented within the EarthCube initiative.


    3) Apply to attend our workshop in Minneapolis, February 4-6, 2013 with representatives drawn from across the paleoenvironmental and paleobiological sciences. We will synthesize and summarize the inputs from the GSA and AGU town halls and survey. The steering committee will select participants from the applicant pool to ensure broad community representation. Full travel support will be provided to all participants.


    For more information about these events and the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences working group, see our webpage at the EarthCube website. If you are interested in participating, please sign up on that webpage.


    Thanks to all,
    Anders Noren
    Jack Williams
    Kerstin Lehnert
    Shanan Peters
    Eric Grimm
    Julie Brigham-Grette
    Emi Ito
    David Anderson
    Jessica Tierney