GEON Newsletter : April 2007
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GEON Organizing Cyberinfrastructure Workshop in Moscow, June 26-28th

Working in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), GEON is organizing a workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences on June 26-28 in Moscow, Russia. The workshop is being co-hosted by several institutes of the RAS and will include representatives from the Geophysical Center, the Institutes of Systems Programming and Program Systems, the Kurchatov Institute, and the Joint Supercomputer Center of RAS and Moscow State University. 

The goal of the workshop is to foster international collaboration in developing cyberinfrastructure for geosciences through exchange of ideas, building collaborative teams, and sharing resources and data.  The two-and-a-half day workshop will include presentations of major geoscience-related IT efforts in the US and Russia, panel discussions, and demonstrations.

GEON project members Chaitan Baru, Allister Rees, and Dogan Seber, along with GEON students Chris Crosby and Leonardo Salayandia, will participate in this workshop. Other US participants include David Maidment (UT Austin) and Ilya Zaslavsky (SDSC) representing the CUAHSI-HIS project, Mason Katz from PRAGMA, and Amarnath Gupta and Tony Fountain from the Science Research & Development division at SDSC.


CSIG 2007 To be Held August 13-17 at San Diego Supercomputer Center

For a fourth year in a row, the GEON Project will host the Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG) which will be held this year from August 13-17, 2007 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego. The CSIG is designed to introduce geoscientists to commonly-used as well as emergent information technology (IT) tools and will draw from prior year’s feedback and experience.

This year’s target audience will be university faculty and instructors with the goal of promoting the development of curricula and courses in geoinformatics.  Individuals who are planning to teach such courses are highly encouraged to apply to this Institute. 

Further details and an online application can be found at
The application deadline for this year’s CSIG is June 15, 2007.


Geoinformatics 2007 Program Available Online

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The full program has now been set for the Geoinformatics 2007 meeting and can be viewed online at An online registration system is also available, there, and an on-site Registration Desk will be located in the pre-function area in Atkinson Hall on the UC San Diego campus beginning at 7:30 a.m. 17 May. Pre-registered attendees can pick up their badge and program at this desk, on the first day of the meeting.


GEON Technologies Presented at EarthScope National Meeting

GEON researchers participated in and presented results at the EarthScope National Meeting held in Monterey Bay, March 27 -30. The meeting provided researchers the opportunity to share latest results from the EarthScope science and emphasized integrated, multi-disciplinary science efforts. GEON PIs Ramon Arrowsmith, Chaitan Baru, Randy Keller and Dogan Seber, as well as team members Chris Crosby and Efrat Jaeger attended the meeting and presented talks and posters dealing with GEON LiDAR, SYNSEIS, and data integration efforts. Further information about the meeting can be obtained at


“Seismology and Cyberinfrastructure” Session Facilitated by GEON at SSA Meeting

A “Seismology and Cyberinfrastructure: From Data to Knowledge” session was held at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America in Hawaii, April 11-13. The session, organized by GEON PI Dogan Seber, was designed to bring together experts who work on information technology-based seismology research and education efforts and help promote CI based research in seismology. The half-day session included 10 talks covering a variety of topics related to the field of Seismology and CI. Further information and links to the entire meeting program can be obtained at the annual meeting web site.


Final GEON Usability Workshop Report Released

The final report from the 2nd GEON Usability workshop, held in February 2007 in Boulder, is now available at The workshop was co-facilitated by Lynne Davis (DLESE) and Dogan Seber (SDSC) and was a follow-up session to an initial usability workshop held in 2006. The workshop brought together 10 invited participants representing different groups in the geosciences community, to further discuss and evaluate available GEON web-based resources, from a user’s point of view. Input received from these workshops continues to be implemented by GEON developers to improve the project’s services and to enable scientists to better access and utilize the GEON system.


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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