NSF Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences

NSF Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences

Welcome to the information page on the 2013 NSF Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences! Please use this site as the location for the latest information for the September meeting.

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  1. Summary
  2. Details
  3. Objectives
  4. Structure & Agenda
  5. Organizing Committee
  6. Registration
  7. Participant List
  8. Contact & Resources

Workshop Summary

The 2013 National Science Foundation Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Regions concluded on September 12, 2013. The summary page provides access to the workshop presentations and recorded video stream.

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Workshop Details

Dates: September 10-12, 2013

Venue: McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Host: Funded by the National Science Foundation, hosted by the Polar Geospatial Center

Workshop Objectives

The overall goal of the workshop is develop a 5-year strategic plan to identify and define priorities for how the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program can be shaped to further and enable polar science. The poles are a logistically difficult and expensive place in which to do research, and it is critical to identify both how polar is similar to and how it differs from how cyberinfrastructure serves other disciplines. The workshop and report will address engagement and building bridges between computer and polar sciences, what can be accomplished in the short-term (1-5 years) and long-term (5-10+ years). The outcomes of this workshop are intended to provide guidance to the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program at the National Science Foundation from the polar science community to design and develop the architecture of an Earth Science Cyberinfrastructure (CI) that is aligned with the end-users’ needs for big data and data access, software tools for data and metadata acquisition, workflow support, data analysis, data visualization, modeling, compute capabilities, interoperability with data from other domains, as well as policies and procedures that address the polar scientists’ and engineers’ concerns regarding, for example, data sharing, data citation, intellectual property, and career advancement.

In accordance with guidance from the NSF and in alignment with the topics of related EarthCube domain end-user workshops that we will use as a model, we will structure the workshop to provide responses to the following questions and requests:

  • What cyberinfrastructure (CI) support is already available to the polar science community and how do those existing databases and portals need to be upgraded?
  • Create a ranked list of science drivers and challenges made tractable by transformative cyberinfrastructure that the community aims to tackle on a 5-15 year time frame (a) within polar sciences, (b) within the Arctic, and (c) the Antarctic communities.
  • Develop a list of data and cyberinfrastructure barriers/limits to further advancing polar science.
  • Produce a list of known community data and modeling resources, as well as list of tools, databases, modeling capabilities that the workshop participants feels need to be developed, created, or made easier in terms of CI to allow them to do the important science they want to do now and in the future.
  • Create use cases that illustrate the transformational science that could take place provided sufficient cyber-infrastructure and data tools.

Workshop Structure & Agenda

The workshop will host approximately 60 in-person participants. In addition, we will invite community members to participate virtually. We will provide web-based access to the plenary presentations and discussion for remote participants via UM Connect (ie, Adobe Acrobat Connect) streaming. To stream the plenary sessions click here.

The workshop will last two days and feature invited talks, plenary discussions, and breakout sessions. The third day will be reserved for the Organizing Committee and select participants to begin framing and drafting the workshop report.

The full agenda is available here.

Organizing Committee

Workshop Registration

Registration is closed.


View the full list of registered participants here. List is current as of September 6, 2013.

Contact & Resources

For meeting details or questions, contact Jonathan Pundsack, Managing Director at the Polar Geospatial Center (pundsack@umn.edu).

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