GEON PI Chaitan Baru is a Keynote Speaker at GEO Grid Inauguration in Tokyo, Japan
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan's largest public research organization, recently held an inaugural function for their GEO Grid (Global Earth Observation Grid) project, in Tokyo, Japan on October 11th, 2006. Chaitan Baru, GEON PI from SDSC, was one of the invited keynote speakers at the event. Baru’s talk was entitled, “Geoinformatics: Cyberinfrastructure for the Earth Sciences”. Over the past year AIST researchers have worked closely with GEON research staff at SDSC as well as Arizona State. AIST staff have been attendees at CSIG’05 as well as CSIG’06. GEO Grid utilizes some of the cyberinfrastructure that has been developed in GEON, such as the Gridsphere-based portal and Web services. A number of interactions have been planned between GEO Grid and GEON, including use of LiDAR data from the GEON GLW portal to validate satellite data products developed by AIST (e.g. ASTER and MODIS).
Dr. Satoshi Sekiguchi, head of the Grid Technology Research Center at AIST said, “We see GEON as one of the early forerunner in this field where IT provides the leading edge platform technology to accelerate geoscience. We are able to learn from GEON’s experience with science portals and the use of workflows and web services for geosciences applications. We expect that the core contents of GEO Grid will be of great interest to the GEON user community, including data from the earth observation satellite (ASTER) of METI, Japan and geoscientific information, such as geological and environmental data, accumulated over a long period of time at AIST.
So far, we have spent some time to understand each other’s systems. I strongly believe that the time is now right for us to develop interoperability between the two systems.”
Fall PI Meeting Held at Bryn Mawr College
The Fall GEON PIs meeting was held on Saturday, October 21st, on the campus of Bryn Mawr College. The meeting was hosted by Bryn Mawr Professor and GEON PI Maria Luisa (Weecha) Crawford, and was held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Updates on project-related tools and developments were provided by each PI, and prospective GEON workshops geared toward gaining further community involvement and input were discussed. The vision and goals of "GEON 2", the follow-up project to be proposed to NSF in early 2007, was the subject of in-depth discussion. The group identified and agreed on a number of action items in support of this proposal submission, and effort is now underway to that end.
GEON Reaches Out to the Community at GSA and SACNAS Meetings
GEON took its outreach efforts on the road, again this year by hosting a booth at the recent
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.
Project team members were on-hand throughout the meeting, answering questions as well as demonstrating the project portal and tools.
Questions asked at the booth suggest that many community members have by now become familiar with GEON. Rather than inquiring about the project and its concepts, visitors to the booth were more interested in learning how to utilize available resources as well as wanting to contribute resources (data as well as tools) into the system. This was an indication that the presence of the GEON booth over the past 3 years at GSA has had the desired impact for project outreach.
Immediately following GSA, GEON team members traveled to Tampa Bay, Florida, to host a booth and co-chair a special session at the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) meeting. This session was led by Ann Gates (UTEP) and Chaitan Baru (SDSC) and was entitled "Cyberinfrastrcuture: Changing the Face of Science and Engineering". Invited speakers at the session included Prof. Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, Prof. Paulo Pinheiro da Silva, UTEP, and Ms. Ilkay Altintas, SDSC.
GEON PI Maria Luisa (Weecha) Crawford Honored
The Mineralogical Society of America sponsored a day-long tribute to Maria Luisa (Weecha) Crawford at the recently held GSA Annual Meeting, in Philadelphia. A broad spectrum of disciplinary presentations under the theme of Minerals, Melts, Fluids and the Evolution of Mountain Belts by leading researchers reflected the significant impact of Weecha Crawford’s contributions to the earth sciences. Dr. Crawford is a GEON PI from Bryn Mawr who has been conducting and supporting research in the emerging science of Geoinformatics.
GSA Geoinformatics Division Gets Strong Start at Annual Meeting
The inaugural meeting of the Geoinformatics Division of the Geological Society of America was held at the Annual Meeting in October 2006. Several GEON researchers, as well as other geoscientists and computer scientists, attended the business meeting and resolved to promote and support the "Data to Knowledge" goal of the Division. Based on unanimous support from the participants, the new Division will be a key sponsor of Geoinformatics 2007 Annual Conference to be held in San Diego (May 17-18, 2007). The Division also hosted a booth in the Exhibit Hall at this Annual Meeting and voted to do so again at the 2007 meeting, to be held in Denver, October 28-31, 2007. Additional information regarding the Geoinformatics Division of GSA can be found at
Geoinformatics 2006 Abstracts Published as USGS Scientific Investigations Report
The abstract volume for the Geoinformatics 2006 meeting, held in May 2006, is now available as a United States Geological Survey Report. The Geoinformatics 2006 meeting provided the first organized international forum for researchers and educators from geoscience and information technology/computer science to present new data, analysis and modeling techniques, visualization schemes, and technologies as they impact the development of cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences.
This “USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5201” is available online at
A printed copy of the publication can be requested by emailing Sally R. Brady at
and providing a full mailing address.
EOS Features Report from Geoinformatics 2006 Meeting
The 31 October (Vol 87, No 44) edition of EOS features a report from the Geoinformatics 2006 meeting. This article provided a good synopsis of the speakers, issues, and applications discussed at the meeting, as well as touched on the topics covered in the poster and demo sessions. This article can be found on pg 97-98 of the EOS edition cited and, for those interested, full program information and webcast archives from the meeting can be accessed via the GEON website at: