Active Source Data Management Workshop
Westward Look, Tucson, AZ, USA

Goal of the Workshop: Identify a community-based vision and roadmap that guides the development of future tools and technologies for all facets of accessing and managing active source data and metadata.

Organizing Committee: David Okaya, Gail Christeson, John Louie, Katie Keranen

Meeting Location

Westward Look
245 E. Ina Road
Tucson, AZ 85704


The reservation cut-off date is Friday, December 20. Lodging will be booked on behalf of all participants, regardless of your travel support status. Guest room and tax per night will be direct billed to IRIS for supported participants. Non-supported participants will need to provide a credit card at check-in. There is no need to contact the hotel to book a reservation. Reservations will assume arrival on Saturday, January 25 and departure on Monday, January 27. A small number of rooms are blocked for Monday night. Please email Mary by December 19 to secure a room for Monday night, if needed.

Airport & Ground Transportation

Tucson International Airport (TUS) is 19 miles from the hotel and services six airlines carriers and their regional partners:
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
US Airways

Shuttle Transportation Services

Integrity Transportation
$55 one-way
Taxi fare estimate is $45-55 one-way

Travel Support and Reimbursement Policy

Supported participants will be notified by email which will include instructions on how to book flights through IRIS’ travel agency (optional). Support for airfare is up to $500. Supported participants are responsible for airfare expenses in excess of $500 and expenses for travel in first or business class or on non-U.S. carriers.

IRIS will cover two nights of lodging via direct bill. Participants are responsible for lodging for accompanying persons and lodging before or after the Workshop.

Ground transportation to/from the airport will be covered on a reimbursable basis.

Meals during travel days are not to exceed $50/day, for a maximum amount of $100 in meal support. Itemized receipts are required for meals. For meal receipts covering multiple individuals, list all the meal participants. Alcohol is non-reimbursable.

Supported participants will receive reimbursement after submitting a signed IRIS expense form and receipts within one month after the Workshop for airfare (if applicable), ground transportation and in-transit meals. All receipts must be submitted with the IRIS expense form. The signed expense reports and copies of receipts may be submitted via e-mail to

Day 1 - Sunday, January 26

  • 07:00 Continental Breakfast – Palm Room
  • 08:00 Welcome, Introductions, Motivation, and Goals – Palm Room | Okaya & Woodward
  • 08:15 Session 1: Setting the stage – What are the lessons learned from recent experiments that have pushed the envelope for data collection, archiving, and access?
    • One thousand deployments per day: SSIP, IDOR, and Batholiths | Hole
    • Industry-style combined active/passive dense array surveys: directions and issues | Hollis
    • Joint passive/active source "crossover" seismic data in the TAIGER project | Okaya
    • Cross-over Seismology: Blurring the line between passive and active source experiments | Quiros
    • Looking back as we look forward: a case study of building up a database over time | Trehu
  • 09:30 Session 2: What capabilities do we need for the future? Presentations cover crossover studies and applications of new techniques.
    • Science driver #1: drivers for combining traditional active and passive data at collection, management, and distribution phases | Sheehan
    • Science driver #2: potential evolution of science topics and methodologies, drivers for improved data logistics, large N | Hole
    • Science driver #3: future activities, e.g. data searching/mining via novel extraction | Okaya
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 Session 3: Conceptual snapshot talks (4 mins each, using just a few slides) – Open to all participants. What is your need or your vision for how we handle large quantities of data or carry out novel data extractions?
    • iMUSH: The Mount St. Helens high-resolution active source seismic experiment | Kiser
    • Using marine air gun shots recorded by onshore broadband instruments | Christeson
    • Everything (archiving, data formats/mining/access, imaging, inversion) = processing | Morozov
    • Should our academic community be more formal in honoring true SEGY? | Okaya
  • 11:30 Session 4: The data lifecycle – Review and identify current tools, standards, and practices. What is going in the same direction or different directions from what we need?
    • Data collection: Land (active source) | Beaudoin
    • Data collection: Land (natural source) | Reusch
    • Data collection: OBS (natural source) | Collins
  • 12:30 Lunch – Palm Terrace
  • 13:30 Session 4: Continued
    • Data collection: Marine (multi-channel and airgun OBS) | Shillington
    • Archiving, curation, distribution I | Benson
    • Archiving, curation, distribution II | Carbotte
  • 14:30 Session 5: Current and future directions in data handling by organizations/facilities
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:00 Session 6: Breakouts – Develop the elements of the vision/roadmap by theme. Divided into three 40-min sections by data access points: A) in-field quality control, B) collection and compilation by PI, and C) archival and community access.
    • What do/will we need? – Desert Room A) Snelson-Gerlicher, B) Hauser, C) Liberty
    • What commonalities can exist across instrument data types? – Palm Room A) Harder, B) Childs, C) Carbotte
  • 18:00 Adjourn
  • 18:30 Organized Group Dinner – Lookout Bar & Grille
  • 19:30 Evening discussions
  • 19:45 Data access demonstrations – Palm Room Benson & Azevedo

Day 2 - Monday, January 27

  • 07:00 Continental Breakfast – Palm Terrace
  • 08:00 Report on breakouts and discuss potential linkages
  • 08:30 Session 7: Review and discuss needs and tie-ins. Driver topics:
    • What forms of reduced or extracted data do we seek? Types of data, volumes, and metadata generation
    • Data access methods and initial management
    • Interface to Instrument Centers: Plug & play or ICs affected? Commonalities and efficiencies?
    • In-field needs during experiments
    • Management and archival of non-IRIS / merged datasets
    • Data handling software tools: What else exists in the community? What is needed?
    • Linkages to Datanet and EarthCube
  • 10:00 Coffee Break
  • 10:30 Session 8: Breakouts – Focus on practical development needs. Identify action items. Group splits for two half hour sections, A) near-term (high priority) and B) long-term (visionary).
    • Upstream: Instruments, collection, metadata – Desert Room A) Keller & Kiser, B) Quiros & Morozov
    • Downstream: Processing, archival, access, conversion – Palm Room A) Reusch & Trehu, B) Levin & Benson
  • 11:30 Breakout reports, wrap-up discussion, develop summation and recommendations
  • 12:30 Adjourn, boxed lunches

Day 1

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020, 1–6pm

1:00 pm
1:15 pm


Welcome - Introduction 

1:15 pm
1:25 pm

Comments from Board Chairs

1:25 pm
1:35 pm

La Piana's perspective on the IRIS-UNAVCO Merger (Onuka)

1:35 pm
1:55 pm

Overview of Terms and Merger (Woodward and Becks)

1:55 pm
2:05 pm

Overview of Proposed By-Laws (Detrick)

2:05 pm
2:25 pm


2:25 pm
2:40 pm

Comments from other members of the Negotiation Team

2:40 pm
2:50 pm

General Board Discussion

2:50 pm
3:00 pm

Vote on adoption of Terms of Merger and Proposed By-Laws

3:00 pm
3:20 pm


3:20 pm
6:00 pm


Directorate Reps and CFO

6:00 pm


The registration period for this workshop closed at Mon, January 20, 2014 - 7:00:00 AM.

The abstract submission period for this workshop closed at .

The whitepaper submission period for this workshop closed at .

The webinar registration period for this workshop closed at .

Last Name First Name Institution
Ahern Tim IRIS-DMC
Arias-Dotson Eliana IRIS-Affiliate
Azevedo Steve IRIS-PASSCAL
Beaudoin Bruce IRIS-PASSCAL
Benson Rick IRIS-DMC
Bilek Sue New Mexico Tech
Blackman Donna NSF
Carbotte Suzanne LDEO
Childs Jon USGS
Christeson Gail UTIG
Collins John WHOI
Evers Brent IRIS-OBSIP
Frassetto Andy IRIS-IS
Harder Steve UTEP
Hauser Ernest Wright State
Hole John Virginia Tech
Hollis Dan Nodal Seismic
Keller Randy U. Oklahoma
Kiser Eric Rice U.
Levin Stewart SEG Affiliated
Liberty Lee Boise State
Morozov Igor U. Saskatchewan
Okaya David U. Southern California
Passmore Paul RefTek
Quiros Diego Cornell U.
Sawyer Dale Rice U.
Sheehan Anne U. Colorado
Shillington Donna LDEO
Snelson-Gerlicher Cathy DOE Affiliated
Trehu Anne U. Oregon
Woodward Bob IRIS-IS

The scholarship application period for this workshop closed at .

Important Dates
  • Registration:
    Jan 10th – 20th
  • Workshop Location