Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists 2010 (CSIG’10)

General Information


The week-long Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG) will be held from August 9-13, 2010, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. The program is scheduled for full days beginning at 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. with Friday wrapping up at noon.  Breaks and meals will be provided throughout.  The program schedule for this year’s CSIG’10 can be accessed at

Participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Monday to check in and receive nametags.  In addition to the general program please plan to participate in the poster session Monday afternoon.  Additional details provided below.  Also, a group dinner is scheduled for Thursday evening.  The 15th floor dinner location offers sweeping views of the San Diego coastline.  Don’t miss one spectacular sunset! 

We do ask that you arrange your schedule to arrive on time and attend the entire program each day along with the Thursday evening dinner.


All participants of CSIG 2010 are expected to bring a laptop computer with a wireless card to allow you to follow along with demos and hands-on instruction throughout this course. 

We request that all participants bring a poster that represents your current research, teaching, or project activities.  If you are working on geoscience cyberinfrastructure currently, please highlight those activities on your poster.  They will be showcased during a reception Monday afternoon and will remain up throughout the week for viewing during breaks and other downtime.  In addition to the attendees, GEON hosts, instructors, and other UCSD/SDSC cyberinfrastructure projects will be invited to attend.  The poster boards display area is 44” tall x 68” wide.  The poster boards are unassigned so feel free to grab anyone and to post your poster prior to the reception at 4:00 p.m.  Blue painters tape will be available for posting.

A list of recommend reading materials for CSIG participants is available at: CSIG 2010 Recommended Reading Materials - these materials are provided to give participants background on the data, technologies, and projects that they will be hearing about throughout the course of the week.

Software:  CSIG participants are encouraged to install Google Earth before arriving at CSIG.  Sample data and other software that will be utilized during the course will be provided as the week progresses.


Attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expense to attend the CSIG. Additional local information and transportation can be found at and

LODGING (for fully funded attendees)

On-campus apartment housing will be provided for CSIG’10 attendees, beginning on Sunday, August 8 and ending Friday, August 13, at no expense to participants. Attendees choosing CSIG-provided lodging will be asked to share an apartment with (1-2) other attendees.  Although apartments will be shared, roommates will be assigned according to gender and sleeping quarters will be private.

Check in/out for on-campus apartment housing is at Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Student Activities Center.  See “CSIG’10 Hot Spots” map below.  Check in is from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 8.  Check out is from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13.  It is recommend that you print this map out and bring it with you, as there will be limited assistance on campus when you arrive on Sunday.  In the event you arrive after 11 p.m. on August 8, or have difficulty finding where to check-in for your apartment, you can call 858.534.3811 to reach the on-call Manager for campus housing. 

If you are interested in extending your stay on either end of the institute campus housing has confirmed they have space available.  The daily rate is $69.19.  The extended stay is at your personal expense and will be collected in the ERC office when checking in.  Check in/out times remains 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  To extend your housing note the dates of your stay in your response on the invitation returned to

If parking is required when checking in the ERC office can issue you an “S” parking permit as part of the housing package.  The “S” permits are only valid in “S” marked YELLOW spaces.

Attendees preferring to stay elsewhere may do so at their personal expense.  A list of nearby hotels can be found at

FOOD (for fully funded attendees)

On-campus meals will be provided to CSIG’10 attendees at Cafe Ventanas throughout the course.  Meals will be provided beginning with dinner on Sunday, August 8 through lunch on Friday, August 13.  Those dining on Sunday evening and/or breakfast Monday will need only to identify themselves as participants of the “Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists” with the cashier, for the program is billed appropriately.  Nametags will be distributed at the beginning of the meeting and required beyond this time when dining at Cafe Ventanas. 

Cafe Ventanas is located in building 430 on the north end of the Eleanor Roosevelt College area.  Also found on the “CSIG’10 Hot Spots” map above.

Cafe Ventanas dining hours for group:
Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00
Dinner: 6:00 – 7:00


Visitors Guide to UCSD (and local area), places to eat on/off campus, parking, public transportation, local maps, and more:

For general directions to campus see the interactive map

If you plan to drive directly to SDSC specific directions to the center and parking instructions can be found at

Daily Recreation cards available

UCSD Bike shop

CSIG’10 Hot Spots


Contact Susan Rathbun ( or 858.534.8321) for housing, travel and reimbursement information.

Any questions regarding CSIG’10 may be sent to .


Copyright © All Rights Reserved.
For further information about GEON news and updates, please e-mail
For comments/questions about the website, please e-mail