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e-Science 2008 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science

Workshops & Special Sessions

Riding the Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure Wave of Data: Real Time Data Use in Education


  • Beth Plale, Indiana University, USA
  • Kelvin Droegemeier, Oklahoma University, USA
  • Sepi Yalda, Millersville University, USA
  • Cathy Brown, Indiana University, USA


Science surrounds us. The weather, earthquakes, melting glaciers, and rapid ecological affect our daily lives and decisions. Environmental events fascinate people. People young and old are accustomed to accessing real time geoscience data to determine for instance whether or not to set up the after-work golf time. Advances in technology over the last five or so years have made it possible to bring even more and different kinds of real time environmental data to the general public and more importantly to the classroom. This technology is now mature enough for use in the classroom and the data and tools previously available to scientists and researchers can be used in the classroom in ways we think can effectively be used to stimulate the study of science—its questions and methods—to educate tomorrow’s leaders and citizens in an increasingly technically complex world.

Sensors and instruments are sensing details of the earth and atmosphere not possible even a decade ago. Investments in technology research over the past decade has brought about significant gains in delivering this real time data and tools to scientists. The ease with which real time data can be accessed and the availability of easy to construct analysis tools such as mashups quickly opens opportunities for its use in the classroom.

This workshop brings together scientists, technologists, policy makers, and educators, and will include representation from a broad range of geoscience projects:

  1. High impact weather: LEAD (Rich Clark, Millersville), CASA
  2. Earthquake data
  3. Ocean data
  4. Polar ice cap data: Polar Grid (Geoffrey Fox, IU)
  5. Ecological monitoring : Arbor project of White River (Polly Baker, IUPUI)

Date and Time

Monday, December 8, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


9–9:15 a.m.
Opening remarks: Beth Plale, School of Informatics, Indiana University
9:15–10 a.m.
Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction (SCOOP)
Sandra Harper, University of Alabama Huntsville
10–10:30 a.m.
Environmental Data on the Web: Really, How Valuable is it In the Classroom Today?
Moderator: Adam Maltese, School of Education and Geology Department, Indiana University
10:30–10:45 a.m.
The Potential of Grid-Enabled Learning for High Impace Weather with LEAD
Sepideh Yalda, Millersville University; Rich Clark
Noon–1 p.m.
On your own
1–1:45 p.m.
Online CReSIS and Polar resources for education
Ryan Bowman, University of Kansas; Linda Hayden
1:45–2:30 p.m.
MAEviz: Exploring Earthquake Risk Reduction Strategies
Christopher Navarro, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Jim Myers
2:30– 3:30 p.m.
How Cyberinfrastructure Can Facilitate STEM Education—Panel of educators and technologists
Moderator: Cathy Brown, School of Education, Indiana University; Adam Maltese; Polly Baker
3:30–4 p.m.
Closing Keynote

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