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Data Flows in Environmental Networked Sensors

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This workshop was held on 18-19 May 2011 at the e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, as part of the e-SI mini-theme Genomic and Environmental Science Data Flows. The event was organized by Dr. Ruth McNally, Dr. Adrian Mackenzie, Jennifer Tomomitsu, ESRC Cesagen,and Allison Hui in association with the eSI Thematic Programme.

Making and using data from environmental sensor networks requires collaboration between members of the public as well as domain experts and technical experts. As an innovative scientific enterprise, it entails experiments and experimental forms of actions. This workshop explored the arrangements that bring specific application areas and specific technical areas together for this e-science.

The objectives were to:

  • develop an awareness of the problems, obstacles, friction points or gaps that hinder transformations or reshaping of data flows to do better e-science in environmental sensor networks;
  • identify practices and devices in the conduct of environmental sensor networks that sustain collaborative development;
  • develop an awareness of some alternative ways of thinking about data flows in environmental sensor networks;
  • develop alternative socio-technical models that open up new avenues for interdisciplinary collaboration on devices and practices for research with high throughput data flows.

One outcome will be maps of the trajectories of environmental sensor network data, from production through storage, analysis, visualisation, modelling and publication. We will seek to enrich the descriptions of how data are characterised at different places and in different domains, with particular reference to the qualities of replication, durability and metrology. The data flows developed in the workshop will then be validated in the broader community.

Workshop Programme

Day 1
1030-1045 Registration with refreshments
1045-1120 Welcome and introduction Dr. Adrian Mackenzie and Dr. Ruth McNally, ESRC Cesagen, Lancaster University
1120-1200 Data Intensive Workflow Challenges in Species Distribution Modeling: from data collection to visualization Dr. Steve Kelling, director of Information Science, Cornell University
1200-1220 Breakout 1 - Where are the sensor networks?
1220-1315 Lunch
1315-1330Feedback on breakout 1
1330-1440Semantic Sensor Grids for Environmental Applications Dr. Alvaro Fernandes, Senior Lecturer at School of Computer Science, Manchester University
Sensor Site Management Mr. Derik Barseghian, Software Engineer, National Centre for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA
1445-1505 Breakout 2 - Data size, speed and cost
1505-1525 Refreshment break
1525-1540Feedback on breakout 2
1540-1700 Models for Understanding Time Series Professor Chris Williams, Director, Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
The Sensed vs. Sensing in Embedded Networked Sensing Jillian Wallis, Graduate School of Education and Information Science, UCLA
1700-1725 Breakout 3 - Instruments: Sensors and Networks
1725-1745 Feedback on Breakout 3
Day 2
0930-0950 Introduction to Day 2 Dr. Adrian Mackenzie and Dr. Ruth McNally, ESRC Cesagen, Lancaster University
0950-1105 Data and Error in Large Scale Sensor Networks Professor Ian Marshall, Technical Leader for Environmental Informatics, Lancaster University
Wildlife monitoring with RFID and sensor networks Dr. Valdimir Dyo, Lecturer Department of Computer Science, University of Bedford
1105-1125 Refreshment break
1125-1200 Breakout 4 - Workflows & Analysis
1200-1250 Lunch
1250-1310 Sensor Network Engine Demo, Ixtent Galpin
1310-1350 Using an Environmental Sensor Network to Explore the Subglacial Environment Dr. Jane Hart, Professor, School of Geography, University of Southampton
1350-1445 Feedback on Breakout 4 and Roundtable discussion of emergent issues and future work/projects/research
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