GEON Newsletter || November 2005
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GEON at AGU Fall Meeting, December 5-9, San Francisco

AGU 2005 Members of the GEON team will be participating in the AGU Fall Meeting, next week in San Francisco, in a variety of ways. A number of project PI’s will give talks and/or present posters at the meeting, in several of the sessions being held. A concise list of these GEON-related presentations can be found at:

Please plan to join us at the GEON Booth, #521-523 in the Exhibit Hall, where team members will also be on hand to discuss the status and direction of the project. Demonstrations of current tools and GEON portal capabilities will be given throughout the week.

On Wednesday evening, December 7th, from 5:30 p.m. GEON will also be co-hosting an informal Open Forum discussion on “Building a Global Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure. Please plan to join us at Jillian’s@Metreon (inside the METREON at the corner of 4th and Mission Streets, across from the Moscone Center, ground floor suite 17, in the Martini Bar) for snacks, wine and beer (non-hosted bar) and to engage in a discussion that will help define the many challenges in building international collaborations in Geoinformatics and identify avenues for progress in the future.


Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists 2006

Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists GEON is pleased to announce the Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG) for 2006, to be held August 14-18, 2006, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego. As in prior years, CSIG '06 will involve a combination of lectures and hands-on experience over the course of the week, designed to introduce geoscientists to commonly used as well as emergent information technology (IT) tools and demonstrate their current use and benefit.

Further information and on-line registration will be available via the GEON website ( in February 2006. Please note these dates and forward this information to colleagues who might be interested in CSIG '06.


Weekly GEON Meetings Webcasted

GEON Weekly Webcast The weekly GEON meetings at the San Diego Supercomputer Center continue on Mondays at 10AM (Pacific), and include presentations on GEON tools and services, as well as speakers from other projects providing updates and insights into the work being done.

A list of future speakers, as well as a growing library of archived webcasts can be accessed at This page also provides a live link for those able to tune in live (Monday mornings at 10 a.m. PT), and a toll free number that viewers can call to ask the speaker questions.


Magnetic Data For U.S. Now Available via UTEP Web Portal

PACES The University of Texas, El Paso team has enhanced their web portal that previously contained gravity data for the U.S. to include the magnetic data for this same area. This involved converting the grid prepared by the Magnetic Anomaly Map of North America project to points. The gridded magnetic data are still available from the USGS. However, users can now obtain the same data as points and combine them with the gravity data in their analysis. (


GEON PI’s Research on Dinosaurs and IT is Highlighted in Science Grid This Week

Dino Map Allister Rees' (PI, University of Arizona) Late Jurassic Dinosaur Map was featured as 'Image of the Week' in Science Grid This Week. This featured image and accompanying text can be viewed at:

Science Grid This Week informs the grid community and interested public about the people and projects involved in U.S. science grid computing and the science that relies on it.


Chaitan Baru Participates in Geo-Visualization workshop at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India

The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, organized a Brainstorming Workshop on Geo-visualization, under their Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) program at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. Chaitan Baru was one of the invited speakers. His talk was entitled, “GEON and Geo-Visualization”. The workshop group consisted of approximately 10-12 experts from around the country and about 20 grad students from the NID. The focus of the meeting was on developing GIS and visualization products that can be used at the village government level, for example to provide information on local watersheds and mineral resources. Baru’s presentation covered the CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System (HIS), which elicited much interest from the group.


NSF This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0225673 (GEON). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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