2014 MagIC Science & Database Workshop

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UCSD, La Jolla, CA
May 12-14, 2014

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 next few years we will continue to focus on further developing capabilities for handling data related to six major science themes outlined in our latest NSF proposal:

The Geomagnetic and Thermal History of the Earth
True Polar Wander and Plumes
Understanding Interactions Between Magnetic Field and Climate
Environmental Magnetism, Dust and Rainfall
Magnetism at High Pressures and in Extraterrestrial Bodies

On May 12th and 13th, the 2014 MagIC Science & Database Workshop will offer invited keynotes, 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 May 14th 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). The upload process will have been upgraded to an online web service instead of the Excel SmartBook Console. 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 2014 MagIC Science & Database Workshop.

Also, on May 14th, in the afternoon, we will have a seminar on MagIC Interoperability with Other Databases and Websites.

Keynote Speakers (45 minute talk and 15 minutes for discussion)

Josh Feinberg - "Shining a Light into the Dark: Advancing Paleomagnetic and Rock Magnetic Studies of Cave Deposits", accidentally not recorded
Dietmar Müller/Michael Tetley - "Building a Virtual Geological Observatory: Opportunities for MagIC", recorded stream
Max Brown - "GEOMAGIA50 Database for Sediments", recorded stream

Science-Database Short-Talk Speakers (20 minute talk and 10 minutes for discussion)

Ron Shaar - "The Levantine Archaeomagnetic Compilation (LAC): a MagIC recipe for paleointensity modelling", recorded stream
Nick Swanson-Hysell - "Open and reproducible paleomagnetic data analysis using IPython", recorded stream
Greig Paterson - "Establishing Community Wide Paleointensity Definitions and Standards", recorded stream
Scott Bogue - "The Transitional Geomagnetic Field 1.5 Million Years and 5 Polarity Switches after the Steens Mountain Reversal", recorded stream
Ken Kodama - "Rock Magnetic Cyclostratigraphy of the Ediacaran Shuram C-isotope Excursion", recorded stream
Ben Weiss - "Planetesimal and Nebular Paleomagnetism", recorded stream
Lauri Pesonen - "PALEOMAGIA - A Novel MySQL Database for the Precambrian Era with Examples", recorded stream

Time Table

September 27, 2013
April 9, 2014
April 24, 2014
April 25, 2014
April 25, 2014
April 25, 2014
May 5, 2014
May 12-14, 2014
  Registration is open
Last acceptance of requests for travel assistance
Deadline for abstracts submission
Registration closes
Deadline for registration fees (or pay at meeting)
Last date for hotel reservations at block booking rate at Hotel La Jolla at the Shores
List of participants posted on this website
2014 MagIC Workshop

Workshop Morning Program

Workshop Afternoon Program

MagIC Topics Presented During Workshop

1. MagIC Science and Database Goals (Monday Afternoon), no sound on recording

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. MagIC's Status and Future Plans (Monday Afternoon), no sound on recording

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 new search and analysis interface.

3. Introduction Into Archiving in the MagIC Database (Tuesday Afternoon), recorded stream

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.

4. International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) (Tuesday Afternoon), recorded stream

Lead: Constable
The labeling of samples with an IGSNs can be very useful for cross database and website communication. This is a short talk on IGSNs and how they could be used.

5. Communication with Other Databases and Websites (Tuesday Afternoon), recorded stream

Lead: Minnett, Koppers
Linking datasets together is a priority for MagIC. This talk will discuss the mechanisms for databases and websites to communicate with each other and how MagIC currently implements and plans to further facilitate that interaction.

Special MagIC Life Skills Workshop

6. Life Skills for MagIC: Searching, Retrieving and Uploading Data (Wednesday Morning), not recorded 

Lead: Jarboe, Minnett, Koppers, Tauxe, Shaar
Many different types of data can be archived in the MagIC database. In this session we will demonstrate and answere questions on the new search and retrieval interface to the MagIC database. Then we will take an example paper that has both paleomagnetic directions and intensities and use the MagIC upload web interface to add the paper's data to the MagIC database.

7. MagIC Interoperability: Preliminary Specifications and Discussions (Wednesday Afternoon), not recorded 

Lead: Minnett, Koppers
MagIC would like to interoperate with other databases and websites. In this talk we will discuss possible technologies that could be used to facilitate interoperability. Possible breakout after this talk to continue discussion of MagIC interoperability.

8. Uploading Your Data (Wednesday Afternoon), not recorded

Lead: Jarboe, Tauxe, Shaar
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 upload the data into the MagIC database. If time permits, we will also discuss the uploading of measurement data into the MagIC database using text files or the PmagPy software suite.

Keynotes and Science Talks  

The 2014 MagIC Workshop will feature keynote talks (45 minutes) with extended discussions (15 minutes), and science talks (20 minutes, 10 minutes discussion) on the application of the MagIC database in paleomagnetic, geomagnetic and rock magnetic research.

Poster Sessions  

Posters will be up the whole time during the 2014 MagIC Workshop and there will be multiple occasions to view them. There also will be a dedicated poster session on the first day from 4:30-5:30 pm 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 April 24, 2014 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.

Paying for registration online is now closed. Please pay your fee in cash or check at the beginning of the conference.

Abstract Deadline. The deadline for abstracts for keynotes, science talks and posters is April 24, 2014. 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.

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Hotel Information

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

Booking at special rates at the hotel is now closed.

You may still telephone the central reservations number, (619) 515-3038, to reserve a room, but the special rates window has closed.

Parking at the hotel is $28.00 per day with in and out privileges, and is strictly valet parking. The SIO campus and IGPP are within walking distance of the hotel, so if you will not be needing a car for other excursions, it won't be inconvenient for you. The hotel also has a shuttle service, and if you wish to use that to get to and from SIO, you must register at the desk when you check in.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the 2014 MagIC Workshop please contact Nick Jarboe.

Participant List

Luis Alva-Valdivia
Margaret Avery
Udo Barckhausen
Scott Bogue
Julie Bowles
Maxwell Brown
Cathy Constable
Geoffrey Cromwell
Joshua Feinberg
Chenjian Fu
David Gubbins
Robert Hatfield
Nick Jarboe
Ken Kodama
Anthony Koppers
Brian Meyer
Rupert Minnett
Sanja Panovska
Greig Paterson
Lauri Pesonen
Elisa Piispa
Sergei Pisarevsky
Robin Reichlin
Ron Shaar
Steven Skinner
Sarah Slotznick
Sarah Strano
Clement Suavet
Nick Swanson-Hysell
Lisa Tauxe
Michael Tetley
Benjamin Weiss
Leah Ziegler