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Global Organization for Earth System Science Portal Meeting Agenda

Date:		January 23rd and 24th, 2003

Location:	National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
		(See web site for Maps and Directions: http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov)

Purpose:	This meeting is intended to focus on the design of a web portal interface
		providing access to both observed and simulated earth-centric data sets with 
		application to continuing scientific discovery, diagnostics and 
		inter-comparison within the climate research community. Moreover this workshop 
		will address the requirements needed for a climate community web portal interface,
		and initiate a design based upon the discussed requirements. Specified requirements 
		for the back-end tools (security, registration, search, etc.) as needed to support the 
		web interface will be discussed at a later time. This is intended to focus this 
		workshop and keep the level of brainstorming activity focused on "Web Portal 
		Interface Design". It is realized that other technical aspects must be agreed 
		upon prior to an actual prototype is developed (i.e., a common API for the 
		components of the web portal); we hope to address some of these concerns at 
		this meeting.
 
Workshop:

Day 1: 		Each presenter will give a brief presentation on what they think are the 
		requirements and important issues in the design of a web portal interface. 
		Then lead a discussion on the main topics covered in their presentation. 
		Each presenter is given 45 minutes. Due to the tight schedule, we must 
		enforce the time constraints. 

		Start the requirement brainstorming phase of the workshop.

		Adjourn for dinner.

Day 2: 		Summarize what was learned from the previous day's session and come to a 
		consensus on the requirements for the design of the web portal interface. 
		List the projects that will be needed to design the web portal interface 
		and come to an agreement on who will be responsible for each project. Poses 
		a time-line on the tasks assigned to the groups. Establish a means for 
		communication (i.e., e-mail, Access Grid, phone conference, another 
		workshop, etc.). 

Workshop Summary:

		A detailed summary will follow the workshop describing in detail the web portal
		interface requirements and agreed upon design. A task list with time lines and 
		all presentations presented at the workshop will also be included in the workshop
		summary.


Workshop Agenda - Day 1
Thursday, January 23, 2003


SESSION 1. 	Welcome to the Web Portal Interface Design Workshop
		SCD Visualization Lab (Room 4G)

9:00 - 9:10 	Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory: Chris Kerr
		Review of Workshop Purpose and Goals/Outline Agenda		

9:10 - 9:15	Round-table Participant Introductions	


SESSION 2. 	Collaborators Status Reports
		SCD Visualization Lab (Room 4G)

9:15 - 10:00 	British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC): Bryan Lawrence
		BADC's Perspectives on the Design of a Data Portal Interface		
				
10:00 - 10:45	National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR): Luca Cinquini
		A Brief Tour of ESG's and NCAR's Data Portal Design Activities

10:45 - 11:00	Break

11:00- 11:45	Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC): Kerstin Kleese van Dam
		What do Data Portals Need to Offer - from a User and Developer Perspective?

11:45 - 12:30	Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL): Eric Marshall
		Thoughts on the Design of a Data Portal Interface
		
12:30 - 1:30	Lunch

1:30 - 2:15	Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC): Roland Schweitzer
		Five Paths to Data Enlightenment at the CDC Web Site

2:15 - 3:00	Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL): Jon Callahan and Steve Hankin
		The Live Access Server within OPeNDAP
		
3:00 - 3:15	Break

3:15 - 4:00	Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC): Chris Gokey and Brian Kendig
		GCMD Experiences in Building Earth Science Portals

4:00 - 4:45	Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL): Bob Drach
		Characterization of Data Portal Users

SESSION 3. 	Brainstorming Collaborators Discussion			
		SCD Visualization Lab (Room 4G)

4:45 - 5:30	Round-table Web Portal Design Discussion:
		What do we think a web portal should contain (Requirements?)

5:30		End of Session - Day 1


Workshop Agenda - Day 2
Friday, January 24, 2003


SESSION 4. 	Brainstorming Collaborators Discussion
		SCD Visualization Lab (Room 4G)

9:00 - 9:05	Reiterate Workshop Goals/Review Action Items: Chris Kerr

9:05 -9:30 	Summary of Previous Day's Discussion: Chris Kerr

9:30 - 10:45	Round-table Web Portal Design Discussion:
		Organize the order of importance of the requirements 
		What should the web portal look like (Design?)

10:45 - 11:00	Break

11:00 - 12:15	Round-table Web Portal Design Discussion: 
		What should the web portal look like?
	
12:30 - 1:30	Lunch

1:30 - 2:00	Round-table Web Portal Design Discussion: Markus Stobbs 
		Demonstration of a Personnel Workspace


SESSION 5. 	What's Next? Partnerships, System Requirements, Prototype 
		SCD Visualization Lab (Room 4G)

2:00 - 3:00	Round-table Discussion:
 		Components of ESP

		Roles and Responsibilities 
		Time-lines and updates
		Communication mechanisms
		Prototype interfaces
		Software repository
		Summary report of workshop 
                Time of next workshop

3:00		End of Workshop - Day 2


last modified: April 04 2007.