2016 All Hands Meeting in Denver


Link to Presentation Slides and Lightning Talks from 2016 All Hands Meeting

The theme for 2016's meeting, "EarthCube Connects," emphasized the connectivity between cyberinfrastructure (CI) technologies, geoscience domains, and geoscientists that will drive EarthCube's implementation. It also captured the goal of building a system of systems that supports cross-disciplinary research.

The keynote talks for this meeting provided: (1) guidance, anecdotes and "lessons learned" from other successful CI projects, and (2) a description of challenges faced by geoscientists in working across disciplinary boundaries. There were also presentations by funded projects, as well as special breakout sessions to discuss cross-cutting standards and themes to facilitate greater connectivity between projects. To read more about our keynote speakers (Drs. Ariel Anbar, Harlan Spence, Dan Stanzione and Anne Thessen), please see this link.


  • Registration for the meeting has closed.
  • Lodging Reservations: After June 15, please call The Westin Downtown Denver Hotel  (303) 572-9100. Reservations will be made on an as-available basis.


Agenda, Sessions & Participants

Please see the Agenda below. Thematic Sessions are described here. Read the biosketches of the Keynote Speakers. View the Participant List here.

Agenda and Session info


Registration Now Closed 

Registration fee of $250.00 includes reception, breaks, and morning refreshments during the meeting, and lunch on July 6 and 7.

As part of the 2 ½ day meeting, there will be ample room for posters and demonstrations from the funded projects as well as an opportunity to present a brief report on how the funded projects fit into the nascent outcomes of the Architecture Workshop.

Posters and Demos:  If you would like to display a poster (max dimensions: 72" wide x 48" tall), please address the issue of how the products from your project will be delivered, how you think they will fit into the overall EarthCube architecture and the anticipated benefits to end users.  What makes your project compelling?  For the demonstrations, we will have dedicated internet.  You will need to provide your own laptop.  Please send poster abstracts and demo requests to contact@earthcube.org by June 17th.

Architecture Activities:  Results from the Architecture Workshop in May will be presented and discussed in plenary.  In addition, preliminary outcomes from the workshop will be distributed well before the meeting and the funded projects will be invited to give short (5 to 10 minute) presentations on how they see their products fitting into the recommended architecture(s).

Birds of a Feather Sessions:  This is an optional time for self-formed groups to meet at the end of the first and second days, after the meeting itself concludes for the day. You can request a meeting room if you would like to facilitate a discussion group.  The EarthCube Office staff will help coordinate the arrangements.  contact@earthcube.org.

The 2016 All Hands Meeting is designed to bring us together, to better define and work towards contributing to a unifying system, and to enable and enhance geoscience collaboration.  We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

Pre-registration:  Tuesday, July 5, 5:30-7:00 pm, Mezzanine Level Foyer

View Conference Agenda

Additional information about the 2016 All Hands Meeting

2016 AHM Organizing Committee

Chair: Scott Peckham, University of Colorado
Co-chair: Janet Fredericks, WHOI

Bob Arko, Columbia University

Chris Jenkins, University of Colorado

Emily Law, NASA JPL

Kerstin Lehnert, Columbia University

Lynn Yarmey, Research Data Alliance/US

The 2016 All Hands Meeting marks the beginning of the third stage of NSF's EarthCube initiative and is the third annual meeting.

  • In EarthCube's first stage of 1-year projects, seven Concept Teams and four Community Groups each received funding to survey existing technologies on different cyberinfrastructure (CI) topics. Their findings were summarized in a set of "roadmap" documents. In addition, over 30 end-user workshops spanning different geoscience domains were held (with reports) to identify the specific requirements of geoscientists with regard to CI. 
  • EarthCube's second stage consisted of community development and a collection of funded projects including Building Blocks (BBs), Conceptual Designs (CDs) and Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), each spanning two years. These projects further explored, developed and demonstrated numerous specific technologies to simplify the discovery, access and interoperability of geoscience resources (e.g., data sets, models, and web services), with an emphasis on standards, best practices, and cross-domain solutions. These projects established many fruitful, new collaborations between geoscientists and computer scientists. An overarching governance structure was also established. 
  • Now, as EarthCube embarks on its implementation stage, the emphasis is on connecting technologies into an interoperable "system of systems" that can serve the CI needs of a diverse community of geoscientists and propel them into a new era of interdisciplinary understanding of our planet.