2011 MagIC Science & Database Workshop

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UCSD, La Jolla, CA
September 19-21, 2011

Cathy Constable (Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, SIO)
Lisa Tauxe (Geosciences Research Division, SIO)
Anthony Koppers (College of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU)

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Workshop Program Description

Studies using large data sets and centralized long-term data storage are increasingly important in all scientific disciplines. The Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC) is a community effort funded by the National Science Foundation to archive data and enable sharing them across geomagnetic, paleomagnetic and rock magnetic communities. MagIC provides online databases designed to facilitate both uploading of data and sophisticated data searches and downloads.

The primary goal of MagIC is to broaden access to data, providing tools that enable researchers to include or compare with any relevant data in their analyses, and facilitating new kinds of studies with comprehensive data sets. Over the past few years we have focused on developing capabilities for handling data related to three major science themes outlined in our last NSF proposal:

The Geomagnetic and Thermal History of the Earth
True Polar Wander and Plumes
Understanding Interactions Between Magnetic Field and Climate

In the next phase of our work we may wish to expand the database model as scientific interests in the community evolve.

On September 19 and 20, the 2011 MagIC Science & Database Workshop will offer three invited keynotes, six short science-database talks, and a poster session covering a wide range of topics in paleomagnetism, geomagnetism and rock magnetism. An introduction to the workings of the MagIC database will also be given, along with brief tutorials on archiving your own data and reviewing contributions to the database.

On September 21 there will be a Special Hands-on MagIC Data Upload Workshop. This workshop is especially targeted to those who want to walk through the process of uploading and archiving data and learn more details of how the process works (e.g. senior graduate students, post-docs, lab managers, although others with interest are also welcome). Space is limited because of the tutorial nature, and we can only accommodate up to 15-20 people. It requires separate registration. Participants are expected to have attended Days 1 and 2 of the 2011 MagIC Science & Database Workshop.

Keynote Speakers

Jim Channell (University of Florida, USA): Magnetic Stratigraphy Within Polarity Chrons
Yongxin Pan (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China): Biogeomagnetism - Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Stuart Gilder (Munich University, Germany): Magnetic Properties Under High Pressure - Insights to
         Planetary Magnetic fields, Structure and Evolution

Science-Database Short-Talk Speakers

Joe Kirschvink (California Institute of Technology, USA): True Polar Wander and Life
John Tarduno (Rochester University, USA): On the Need for Coincident Paleodirectional and Paleointensity Data
         to Evaluate the First 2 Billion Years of Plate, Mantle and Dynamo Activity
Julie Bowles (University of Minnesota, USA): Multi-Component Cubic Oxide Exsolution in Synthetic Basalts:
         Temperature Dependence and Implications for Magnetic Properties

Ricardo Trindade (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil): Precambrian Supercontinents: Paleogeographic Models in the Making
Monika Korte (GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany): Reconstructing the Global Geomagnetic Field
         from Archeo- and Paleomagnetic Data

Lisa Tauxe (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA): The Ongoing Search for the Dipole in Paleointensity Data
Anthony Koppers (Oregon State University, USA): Update on MagIC's Archived Data, Search & Analysis Tools
Anthony Koppers (Oregon State University, USA): Introduction Into Archiving in the MagIC Database
Rupert Minnett (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA): New Online Data Review System

Time Table

July 16, 2011
August 15, 2011
August 22, 2011
August 31, 2011
August 31, 2011
August 31, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 19-21, 2011
Last acceptance of requests for travel assistance
Last date for hotel reservations at block booking rate at Hotel La Jolla
Registration closess
Deadline for abstracts submission
Deadline for registration fees (or pay at meeting)
List of participants posted on this website
2011 MagIC Workshop

Workshop Morning Program

Workshop Afternoon Program

MagIC Topics Presented During Workshop

1. MagIC Science and Database Goals (Monday Afternoon) 

Lead: Constable
MagIC has created a fully searchable, on-line database open to the scientific community, migrating data from previous paleomagnetic databases and striving to update and include all relevant data with the help of the community. The MagIC database is intended to be used both as an archive of data and an active research tool. A brief outline will be provided of current and possible future scientific challenges addressable using the database.

2. Update on MagIC's Archived Data, Search and Analysis Tools (Monday Afternoon) 

Lead: Koppers, Minnett
The MagIC database has a growing set of contributions that can be queried with a set of sophisticated search and analysis tools. This talk will explain what data have been archived so far, what will be archived in the future, and introduce the search and analysis interface.

3. NSF Data Management Plans and MagIC (Tuesday Morning) 

Lead: NSF Program Managers, Constable
Increasing use of cyberinfrastructure in geosciences research presents parallel demands on researchers to provide detailed data management plans to NSF and other agencies in their grant proposals. Sharing of unpublished data may be also be necessary to facilitate collaboration in many projects. This session will discuss how MagIC could facilitate development of these data management plans and will include a long question and answer period.

4. Introduction Into Archiving in the MagIC Database (Tuesday Afternoon)

Lead: Koppers
The inclusion of all the possible measurements found in the geomagnetic, paleomagnetic and rock magnetic scientific disciplines requires a complicated data model. This talk will introduce the basics of the MagIC database model, the MagIC data policies, and how users should upload their published data sets into the MagIC database system.

5. New Online Data Review System (Tuesday Afternoon)

Lead: Minnett, Jarboe, Koppers, Constable
Each contribution to the MagIC database will be checked by a reviewer. This ensures that the data and metadata in MagIC conform to the database model and accurately reflect what has been published. An on-line review system has been created to help facilitate the reviewing process. This session will show how the review system functions to help maintain the high quality of contributions to the MagIC database.

Special Hands-on MagIC Data Upload Workshop

6. Uploading Basic Data Sets (Wednesday Morning) 

Lead: Jarboe, Minnett, Koppers, Tauxe
Many different types of data can be archived in the MagIC database. In this session we will take an example paper (Laj et al. 1997.) that has both paleomagnetic directions and intensities and compare it to its corresponding MagIC SmartBook that is used for the data uploading. We will then use the MagIC Console Software to work with and edit this SmartBook, prepare the data files for uploading, and finally upload this contribution in to the MagIC online database. Please bring your laptop and download the above files before the session.

7. Uploading Your Data (Wednesday Afternoon)

Lead: Jarboe, Minnett, Koppers, Tauxe
In this session we will help facilitate the uploading of your own data into the MagIC database. Bring your own data from past or current work and we will help you create your own SmartBook and upload the data into the MagIC database. If time permits, we will also discuss the uploading of measurement data into the MagIC database.

Keynotes and Science Talks  

The 2011 MagIC Workshop will feature keynote talks (45 minutes) with extended discussions (15 minutes), and science talks (20 minutes) on the application of the MagIC database in paleomagnetic, geomagnetic and rock magnetic research, also with discussion time (10 minutes). You are welcome to bring a single PowerPoint slide to use during the relevant discussion periods.

Poster Sessions  

Posters will be up the whole time during the 2011 MagIC Workshop and there will be multiple occasions to view them. There also will be a dedicated poster session on the first day from 4:30-6:00 and during the reception afterwards. Thus there will be ample time for discussion during coffee hours, receptions and the designated poster session.

Poster boards accommodate Poster Sizes up to 48" (high) and 72" (wide).

Workshop Registration and Abstracts

Registration closes August 31, 2011 and the Registration Fee is $100. This will pay for all conference expenses and it includes catering during the conference, including continental breakfasts, cookies/tea/coffee, lunch and the Monday evening reception. Please pay your registration fee by (US$) personal check or (US$) bank draft payable to "The Regents of the University of California". You can also pay this in cash at the beginning of the workshop. Send your check to:

Arlene Jacobs
La Jolla CA 92093-0225, USA

Travel Assistance. If you would like to participate in the 2011 MagIC Workshop but you don't have funding, we will be able to offer some limited travel assistance from support of various funding agencies or sponsors. Please contact Cathy Constable to request travel support or for further information. The deadline for requesting travel support is August 15, 2011.

Abstract Deadline. The deadline for abstracts for keynotes, science talks and posters is August 31, 2011. Every participant is invited to contribute an abstract to the conference volume. These abstracts may represent a discussion contribution, a poster, or can be provided by title (to be available for reference in the conference volume only). Submit your abstracts by email to Nick Jarboe.

Abstract format. Two pages text (1,000 words or less) with up to two pages of figures, data tables and references. All abstracts must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents or Rich Text Format (RTF) files. In addition, send us electronic copies of your diagrams in either the PS/EPS/PDF or Adobe Illustrator format. This will ensure that we can reproduce your diagrams with the best quality in the workshop volume. If you cannot easily produce these formats, please send us the diagrams as high-resolution bitmaps (300 to 600 dpi) in the JPEG, TIFF or GIF format. Please follow the AGU abstract format for title, addresses and text.

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) For Visitors to the USA

International visitors to the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program countries are now required to apply for Travel Authorization online.
Visit http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/ for your application and more information.

Hotel Information

Hotel La Jolla
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

After August 22, 2011, please phone:

Laurel Tonon (Hotel La Jolla)

Please let her know that you want one of the rooms held under the name, Arlene Jacobs. Laurel will then make the reservation for you at the MagIC Workshop block price of $139.00 plus tax per day.

Her hours at the hotel are: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm, PDT. She has voice mail, and will return the call if you leave a number for her to contact you.

At the discretion of the hotel, depending upon availability, reservations may be available at the special rate before September 18, 2011, and after September 20, 2011. If an extended stay is required, please request those dates at the time of placing your initial reservation.

Individuals will pay own room, tax, and incidental charges.

Parking at the hotel is $15.00 per day, with in and out privileges.

The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service within a five mile radius of the hotel. The service is based strictly on availability, so please inform the Front Desk or Valet if you require a shuttle to and from IGPP. You will have to give place and time of departure and pick-up.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the 2011 MagIC Workshop please contact Cathy Constable or Nick Jarboe.