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

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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.