[ESIP-all] FW: CLASS User Workshop August 11-12

Carol B. Meyer carol.meyer at earthsciencefoundation.org
Wed Jun 29 08:58:41 EDT 2005

I am writing to invite your participation in the Boulder CLASS User's
Workshop - set for August 11 and 12, 2005.  Below is a listing of the
current agenda.  The venue is the main seminar room at NCAR - on the Mesa. 
CLASS is the Comprehensive Large Array Stewardship System, designed to
provide long term archive and access to NOAA's satellite data, plus other
satellite data holdings NOAA has responsibility for.  
Earlier this year NESDIS decided that there will be two CLASS sites, one at
NCDC and one at NGDC.  Each site will hold a complete set of the CLASS data.
This plan involves the move of the CLASS site in Suitland, Maryland to
Boulder in the next year.  
The purpose of the workshop is to: 1) gather input from groups that are
expected to use large volumes of data from CLASS for use in designing a more
usable system, and 2) to begin the establishment of collaborations between
the CLASS nodes and a set of large volume users of CLASS data.
If you are interested to register for the workshop, please contact Kimberly
Shudlow  <mailto:Kimberly.S.Shudlow at noaa.gov> <Kimberly.S.Shudlow at noaa.gov>.
Please distribute this announcement to others you think may be interested to
attend.  If you have comments or suggestions on the agenda - send them on
With Regards,
Chris Elvidge
Earth Observation Group
NOAA National Geophysical Data 
Boulder CLASS User Workshop
August 11
8:00 Continental Breakfast 
8:30 Welcome, workshop objectives, introductions (Chris Elvidge, NGDC)
8:50 Making NOAA's data more accessible to the scientific
community(Chris Fox, NGDC Director)
9:10 Overview of CLASS (Alex Kidd, CLASS)
9:50 Break
10:10 Bandwidth and data volume considerations for the Boulder node (John
Kinsfather, NGDC)
10:30 Role of the NOAA Archive Requirements Working Group and
Scientific Data Stewardship (John Bates-NCDC)
11:00 Demo of current system (Amy Drew, CSC)
11:20 Design plans and options under consideration (TBD)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 User community panel: Presentations on what data will be required,
with what time delay, access scenarios or preferences. Followed by
15:00 Break
15:20-17:00 Breakout groups (weather/climate, space, ocean,
cryosphere, land)
        What standards should be supported?
        How to convert operational data into research
               quality products?
        How much web interface is needed?
        What data discovery tools or criteria are
        What metadata are required?
        Other issues, topics .................
August 12:
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:30 Technological Advances and CLASS Panel
10:00 Break
10:20 Continuation of breakout group discussions
11:30 Lunch - continuation of breakout group discussions
13:00 Continuation of breakout group discussions
14:00 Report back from break-out groups
15:30 Closing discussion with panel of CLASS
representatives (e.g. Kidd, Drew, Bates, Fox)
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