GeoChronos - CANARIE NEP Showcase 2009 Presentation

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Presentation shown as part of the GeoChronos Demonstration at the CANARIE NEP Showcase Dinner Reception at Summit09 in Banff on Oct. 14, 2009.

Presentation shown as part of the GeoChronos Demonstration at the CANARIE NEP Showcase Dinner Reception at Summit09 in Banff on Oct. 14, 2009.

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  • 1. An On-line Collaborative Platform for Earth Observation Scientists
  • 2.
    • An on-line platform
      • For:
        • Earth Observation Scientists
      • Facilitating:
        • Collaboration between scientists
        • Application access, management and sharing
        • Data access, management and sharing
      • Leveraging:
        • Web 2.0 and social networking technologies
        • Cloud computing technologies
        • Semantic Web technologies
      • Funded by:
        • CANARIE - Network Enabled Platform (NEP-1) program
        • Cybera
    ( http://geochronos.org/ ) Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 3.
    • Solutions
      • Portal rich with social networking features
        • Tags, bookmarks, profiles, blogs, wikis
        • Friends/contacts, groups
        • Discussions, message boards, calendars
        • Status, activity feeds
    • Technology
      • Portal built on top of a social networking platform
        • Initial prototype built in Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com )
        • Secondary prototype built on white label social networking platform Ning ( http://www.ning.com )
        • Current portal built on open source white label social networking platform Elgg ( http://www.elgg.org )
    • Next Steps
      • Plan to keep using Elgg platform and upgrade as new versions released
      • Develop new Elgg plugins as needed
        • i.e., plugins for more easily sharing publications and presentations
    Collaboration Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 4. Dashboard Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 5. Groups Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 6.
    • Solutions
      • Interactive Application Service (IAS)
        • On-line, on-demand access to scientific applications
        • Share application sessions and data with other users
    • Technology
      • IAS is hosted on top of a cloud computing platform
        • Use ASPEN ( http://grid.ucalgary.ca/projects/DataCentre/ ) which can dynamically provision virtual machines to host applications based on user demand
    • Next Steps
      • Batch processing and automated workflow services
        • Handle longer running data processing tasks and simulations
        • Automate data workflows involving data acquisition and transformation of data into different data products more suitable for use by scientists (i.e., mosaic, reproject and subset MODIS data)
    Applications Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 7. Application Catalogue Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 8. Interactive Application Service Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 9.
    • Solutions
      • Spectral Libraries
        • Store, share and browse spectral data
        • View spectral plots, metadata, ancillary data and maps
        • Manage and generate metadata for spectra
        • Create and share metadata schemas
    • Technology
      • iRODS ( http://www.irods.org/ ) for data storage/management
      • Semantic Web technologies such as RDF (Resource Description Framework) to link/relate data
    • Next Steps
      • Generalization of spectral library solution
        • Acquire, store, manage, browse and share other types of data
          • MODIS and other satellite data
          • Flux tower and phenology tower data
          • Meteorological data
          • Other data
    Data Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 10. Spectral Library - Browse Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 11. Spectral Library - Metadata Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 12. Portal Usage
    • 70 users from Europe, South America and North America
    • Used at IAI International Wireless Sensor Networking Summer School in Edmonton in July 2009 (~40 participants)
    • On-going usage by Tropi-Dry community for collaboration and sharing documents
    • Slowly opening up portal to different communities of users as development progresses
    Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 13.
    • Apr 21, 2009 - CANARIE NEP-1 Synergy Workshop (Winnipeg)
    • Jun 22, 2009 - SpecNet Workshop (Lethbridge)
    • Jun 24-26, 2009 – Meeting of the Collaborative Research Network II (CRN2) and Small Grant Program for the Human Dimensions (SGP-HD) Principal Investigators (Montevideo, Uruguay)
    • Jul 6-18, 2009 - IAI International Wireless Sensor Networking Summer School (Edmonton)
    • Aug 15, 2009 – Elgg Camp (Boston)
    • Oct 14, 2009 – Summit 09 (Banff)
    Presentations/Demonstrations Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 14.
    • R. Curry, C. Kiddle and R. Simmonds. Social Networking and Scientific Gateways. To appear in Proceedings of the Grid Computing Environments Workshop , Portland, OR, November 20, 2009.
    • N. Markatchev, R. Curry, C. Kiddle, A. Mirtchovski, R. Simmonds and T. Tan. A Cloud-based Interactive Application Service. To appear in Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science , Oxford, UK, December 9-11, 2009.
    Publications Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 15. Project Team Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009 Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa University of Alberta Dr. John Gamon University of Alberta Dr. Benoit Rivard University of Alberta Dr. Rob Simmonds University of Calgary Prinicipal Investigators Project Coordination Platform Development Domain Scientists
  • 16. Virtual Organization Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009
  • 17. Contact Information Summit 09 Oct. 14, 2009 http://geochronos.org/ [email_address] http://grid.ucalgary.ca/ http://ceos.ualberta.ca/ http://www.cybera.ca/