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Integrated Observatory Management Requirements Workshop 

The workshop outcome and resulting requirements are documented in the IOM workshop report (FINAL) and the OOI Cyber User Requirements (DOORS Export).


  • Date: May 28-29, 2008 (Wednesday AM through Thursday PM)
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD - Keck Center - Conference Room 150
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Participants: internal and external
  • Size: 12 attendees

A preparation phone meeting was held on Monday, 5/19 at 9:30am PDT (12:30PM EDT) to discuss the workshop goals, the participant questionnaire, outcome expectations and further questions.


This workshop informs the operational requirements for the management of the integrated observatory network. It will focus on the needs of observatory operators and their interactions with users who utilize interactive instrumentation. The meeting will be concerned only with requirements elicitation from domain scientists and engineers through understanding use cases and current practices, and not on elaborating or refining the actual design of the OOI CI.Six principle topics will be covered during the workshop:

  • Domains of concern and authority for the marine operators and the CI
  • Areas where the CI and the marine infrastructure interact and are dependent
  • Roles and responsibilities of the marine operators and users
  • CI processes and procedures  to facilitate marine operator/user interactions
  • Policy and governance issues in a shared resource environment
  • Identification of performance metrics to be collected and analyzed on an ongoing basis

Note: This workshop covers one topic in a series of OOI CI Requirements and Design Workshops. Please refer to the workshops homepage for further information and background on the OOI program.


Day 1 (5/28) - Context and current state

Time Presenter/ Moderator Topic
08:00am   Breakfast provided at Scripps
08:30am Frank Vernon
Welcome from the organizers;
Introductions of the participants
08:40am Frank Vernon Purpose and intent of this meeting, outcome expectations;
OOI CI user requirements elicitation process
09:10am Eric Terrill Background Presentation: SCCOOS
09:40am Mark Moline
Background Presentation: Glider network management
10:10am   Break
Paul Macoun Background Presentation: VENUS observatory management
10:55am Craig Dawe Background Presentation
11:25am Jennifer Eakins Background Presentation: ANF, EarthScope
12:00pm   Lunch
1:00pm Michael Meisinger,
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,
Emilia Farcas
Present day observatory Management use cases scenarios.
"A day in the life of an observatory operator". Capture two example scenarios trying to cover the main focus topics of the workshop such as domains of authority, security concerns, roles and responsibilities, processes, interfaces and interactions.
03:00pm Break
03:15pm Michael Meisinger,
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,
Emilia Farcas
Breakout sessions: Present day observatory Management use cases scenarios.
Detailed analysis of one example scenario in each of the two groups.
Michael Meisinger,
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,
Emilia Farcas
Presentation of breakout session results; feedback

Day 2 (5/29) - Vision for the future

Time Presenter/ Moderator Topic
08:00am   Breakfast provided at Scripps
08:30am Mike Kelly
Regional Observatory Infrastructure
09:00am Bob Collier
Coastal and Global Observatory Infrastructure
09:30am Matthew Arrott
Proposed CI infrastructure for the OOI
10:00am   Break
10:15am Michael Meisinger,
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,
Emilia Farcas
Future OOI observatory management use case scenario.
Observatory management processes involving the coastal, regional and global components and their interfaces to the CyberInfrastructure, forming an Integrated Observatory.
12:00pm   Lunch
01:00pm Michael Meisinger,
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,
Emilia Farcas
Future OOI observatory management use case scenario.
Data integration and instrument access involving the coastal, regional and global components and their interfaces to the CyberInfrastructure, forming an Integrated Observatory.
02:30pm   Break
02:45pm Michael Meisinger,
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,
Emilia Farcas
Domain modeling and prioritization session.
04:45pm Frank Vernon
Wrap-up and feedback
05:00pm   Workshop adjourns


  • Paul Macoun (VENUS)
  • Jennifer Eakins (ANF)
  • Craig Dawe (MBARI)
  • Eric Terrill (SCCOOS)
  • Mark Moline (CODAR, REMUS)

OOI Participants:

  • Frank Vernon
  • Duane Edgington
  • Mike Harrington
  • Mike Kelly
  • Bob Collier
  • John Kemp
  • Don Peters
  • Lloyd Regier
  • Matt Moldovan
  • Rob Glatts
  • Libby Signell
  • Steve Meacham
  • Rosie Lunde
  • Alex Talalayevsky
  • Jim Christman
  • Michael Meisinger
  • Emilia Farcas
  • Elizabeth Rosenzweig

Preparation Materials 

Presentations and Workshop Materials

Further materials:

Workshop Results 

(link to access restricted coordination page for the CI requirements team)

Logistics and Reimbursement

All workshop participants should make their own flight arrangements to San Diego and retain receipts for reimbursement through Karen Schwamb at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Karen's contact information is:

Karen Schwamb / Administrative Associate
Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Rd., MS 7
Woods Hole, MA  02543
Telephone:  508-289-2675 / Fax:  508-457-2006

We've contracted a block of rooms for workshop attendees at the Sheraton La Jolla at 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858.453.5500).  They provide plenty of information (including directions) on their web site.

Workshop attendees should call the Sheraton before 13 May to reserve your room and let the reservationist know that you are with the CI Requirements Workshop - Woods Hole.  You should receive a rate of $159.00 per night, and will be responsible for payment at checkout. Please retain your receipt for reimbursement through Karen.

A taxi from the airport to the hotel is quickest and easiest way to the hotel.  But if you choose to go "car-free" you should coordinate with other attendees for transportation from the hotel to the workshop location - as campus parking is usually a bugger AND the meeting room is approximately 1.6 miles from the hotel. Our "on-site" coordinator - Rita Bauer - can help with driver-rider coordination.  Her contact information is:

Rita M. Bauer
Special Projects Coordinator
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0225
La Jolla, CA 92093-0225
858.822.3372 (Fax) 

For those who might wish to walk, we recommend that you give yourself 30 to 45 minutes to walk from the hotel to the meeting room - Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Keck Center - Conference Room 150 (this is an estimate for a brisk pace walk with some significant hills).

Google Maps View

For those who choose to rent a car and drive - we have reserved 10 spaces in Lot P014 at the Keck Center.  Detailed directions are found on google maps view above - or on the attached map

Workshop attendees will receive a full breakfast and lunch on both days of the workshop.  You will be on your own for dinner each day - but we will provide you with a list of local restaurants to make your selection easier.  Woods Hole meal perdiem reimbursement rate is limited to $45 per day.  As a single meal, dinner is limited to $25.  Please retain your receipts and submit to Karen for reimbursement.

We hope this provides you with the information you need - but if not - please do not hesitate to contact Karen or Rita should you have questions regarding the workshop or need assistance in making your arrangements.

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