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Building Geoinformatics--Workshop Agenda

The workshop is planned to be held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in La Jolla, California on May 14 and 15 (Wednesday-Thursday), 2003.

The workshop organizers will moderate the breakout sessions. An external facilitator will lead the group discussion and at least one organizer will serve as a recorder of the group sessions and results.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003, San Diego Supercomputer Center

7:30 Registration, continental breakfast

8:00 Welcome and introductions--Allison

8:10 Purpose and structure of workshop--Allison, Crangle

8:20 NSF perspective--Snyder

8:30 Roundtable review of earth science community organizations and plans (handouts and materials in workshop binder)

  • Chronostratigraphy:
  • Hydrogeology-surficial processes:
  • Solid earth sciences:
  • Geophysics:
  • Education:
  • Geoinformatics:
9:00 Roundtable review of other community activities (handouts and materials in workshop binder)
  • Oceans: Steering Committee
  • Atmospheres: Steering Committee
  • Biology:
  • NSF:
9:30 Breakout session #1 (3 sections, same topics)
  1. Definition of this community
    1. Is this a community, or not?
    2. Who might be missing?
    3. What descriptive or problem-oriented characteristics can be used to define us as a community?
  2. A triage on community priorities
    1. Identify topics everyone agrees are in, or out, and then concentrate on the topics in between.
10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Breakout session #2 (3 sections, same topics)--participants mixed from Session 1

  1. Opportunities
  2. Emerging or blatent crises
12:00 Catered lunch at SDSC

1 pm Committee of the Whole--Breakout reports and discussion

2:00 Breakout session #3 (3 sections, same topics)

  1. Community goals
    1. Identify the earth science community elements
    2. What does the community want to achieve?
  2. Delivery of services to the community
    1. Identify goals for the community
    2. Coordination vs. management
    3. Distributed vs. centralized
    4. Develop a community-based system
    5. What are the alternative organizational models?
3:30 Cookie break

4:00 Committee of the Whole--Discussion question: IF an organization were to be set up, what would we expect it to do for all of us, and for each of us?

5:00 Recess

5:30 Social gathering at hotel bar on the beach

7:00 Group dinner (locations tbd)

Thursday, May 15, 2003 San Diego Supercomputer Center

8:00 Continental breakfast

8:30 Committee of the Whole (continuation of previous discussions)

  1. Recap of services to be provided to the community
  2. How can those services be provided?
    1. Participants/members
    2. Decision processes
    3. Needed resources
    4. Communication systems
10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Committee of the Whole--Discussion of organization issues

12:00 Catered lunch at SDSC

1:00 Committee of the Whole

  1. What do we want to do next?
  2. Coordination and collaboration with extra-earth science groups
  3. Interactions with NSDI/FGDC, ESIP, and other federal initiatives
  4. Interactions with industry
3:00 Cookie break

3:30 Committee of the Whole

  1. Have we missed anything?
  2. Preparation of workshop final report
  3. Set up steering committee and task forces as necessary
    1. Collaborations and coordinations
    2. Next meeting?
    3. Funding
5:00 Adjourn

6:00 Organizing Committee social and working dinner (open to all)

For info about the workshop, contact Lee Allison, Chaitan Baru, or Tom Jordan.
For info on workshop logistics, contact Nancy Jensen.
For info about travel, contact Debbie Douglass.
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