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ORION/OOI Cyberinfrastructure Workshop

ORION - Ocean Observing Initiative CyberInfrastructure RFP

Purpose, Location/Dates, Agenda, Reading Material, More Information


The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) is requesting proposals to establish an Implementing Organization (IO) to support the development and operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), a key component of the broader Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Network (ORION) which comprises: the Coastal Scale Observatory (CSO), the Regional Cabled Observatory (RCO), and the Global Scale Observatory (GSO). The resultant Subaward will continue the evolution of the design, procurement and operation of the Cyberinfrastructure (CI), a critical component of the OOI. IOs for the other OOI systems will be solicited under separate RFPs.

The CI will provide the information and communications technology (hardware and software) necessary to allow the three key observing systems (and networked scientists and operators) to work together seamlessly. The CI task covers the definition and development of the concept of operations and requirements for and the design of the Cyberinfrastructure system, development and purchase of software and hardware, integration, implementation, test, verification, validation and the development of the communication standards and operational concepts for robust, reliable and secure operation of the observatories.

NCAR is hosting this workshop to share information on other NSF funded Cyberinfrastructure initiatives that may provide insight into certain of the features that are part of the cyberinfrastructure for OOI. A series of presentations will describe technical innovations, effective management and coordination practices, and other lessons learned in the implementation of successful existing CI projects. Breakout sessions will provide opportunities for discussion and networking between ocean scientists and CI practitioners.

Interested offerors are invited to send representatives to this workshop.

The effort to prepare, release and conduct this procurement is funded by a cooperative agreement between JOI and the National Science Foundation which requires compliance with OMB Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations. Please refer to the RFP for eligible submitting organizations.

Location, Dates, etc.

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 - noon to Wednesday, October 4, 2006 - 2pm
The Westin Arlington Gateway
801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia 22203
Phone: (703) 717-6200, Fax: (703) 717-6204
Hotel website, information, reservations, etc.


October 3
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch, with introductory remarks
Meeting purpose and objectives: Peter Backlund
ORION overview and perspective: Kendra Daly
ORION CI overview - user requirements: Larry Mayer
ORION CI RFP overview: Stuart Williams
1:00 - 2:00 PM Cyberinfrastructure Project Presentation
Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery (LEAD) Speakers: Kelvin Droegemeier, Katherine Lawrence, Beth Plale
2:00 - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 - 3:30 PM Cyberinfrastructure Project Presentation
Science Environment for Ecological Knowledge (SEEK) Speaker: Matt Jones
3:30 - 5:30 PM Breakouts
Session 1: Observational Scheduling, Instrument Control, Data Acquisition
Session 2: Data management (accessibility, distribution, assimilation, etc.)
5:30 - 6:00 PM Reports back from breakouts
7:00 - 9:00 PM Reception, Speaker Alex Szalay (JHU): Life, the Universe and Everything: Science in an Exponential World
October 4
7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00-9:00 AM Cyberinfrastructure Project Presentation
Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatory Speaker: Peter Fox
9:00-10:00 AM Cyberinfrastructure Project Presentation
Southern California Earthquake Center Speaker: Ewa Deelman
10:00 - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:30PM Breakouts
Session 1: Collaboration/coordination/interoperability
Session 2: Collaboration/coordination/interoperability
12:30 - 1:00 PM Reports from Breakouts
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch, with wrap up remarks

Reading material


Related CI projects (partial list)

More information/contact

Workshop Convener: Peter Backlund (backlund at ucar dot edu)
Workshop Convener: Peter Fox (pfox at ucar dot edu)
Workshop adminstration: Cathy Clark (clarkc at ucar dot edu, 303-497-8667)
Joint Oceanographic Institutions