Final Announcement — April 2015

Meeting Location and Date

The Second Planetary Data Workshop will be conducted June 8–11, 2015, in the main building of the High Country Conference Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Purpose and Scope

The wealth of data now available for planetary research has created the need for new tools and capabilities for storing, delivering, and working with the data using cutting-edge methods. The goals of this workshop are to bring together planetary scientists, data providers from current and recent space exploration missions, data archivists, and software and technology experts to exchange ideas on current capabilities and needs for improved and new tools that can be used to address current needs in planetary research and data analysis. Encouraged topics include the availability of planetary data, including information on how the data are found, downloaded, processed, and used for cartography and scientific analysis; trends in data storage and rapid access; analysis and visualization tools using current and new algorithms and methods; hands-on training and how-to guides for acquiring, processing, and working with a variety of digital planetary data; and publicly available derived data products and services, including Geographic Information Systems, featuring data and tools customized for planetary data analysis.

Meeting Format

June 8 Oral presentations and evening poster session
June 9 Oral presentations and breakout sessions
June 10 Oral presentations and breakout sessions
June 11 Oral presentations; workshop will conclude at noon

For more details, view the program and abstracts. Authors will not receive notification letters, so they should check the author index to see where their presentation has been scheduled.

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations —

PC Hardware: PC Software:
Windows laptop Operating System:  Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
Memory:  8 GB RAM Microsoft Office 2013 (including PowerPoint)
Video:  1900 × 1080 Google Chrome 41, Internet Explorer 11, Windows and VLC Media Players, QuickTime 7, Adobe Acrobat Reader 11

If you plan to use your own laptop, please bring your own connector.

Poster Presentations —

All posters will be available for viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Poster Setup:Monday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Poster Removal: Monday, June 8 by 7:00 p.m.
Poster Size:44" × 44"
Materials Provided:Pushpins


Through May 13, 2015 May 13–June 5, 2015 Onsite*
Professionals $325.00 $375.00 $475.00
Students $225.00 $275.00 $375.00

*Onsite registration must be paid by credit card or check. No cash will be accepted.

The registration fee for professionals and students includes a reception, technical sessions, coffee breaks, and a printed program and abstract booklet.

Credit card registrations:  Participants registering by credit card MUST use the secure electronic registration form.

Other methods of payment:  Those registering using any other method of payment (check, money order, traveler’s check, or wire transfer) must contact the USRA Meeting Registrar for detailed instructions.

Note:  We now have a third-party payment page available. Participants required to register using a third party (e.g., SATERN for NASA civil servants) may still register in advance using the electronic registration form. The confirmation e-mail you receive after registering will include payment instructions to submit to the third party. Please be aware, however, that your registration will not be considered complete until the funds have been received.

Cancellations:  Requests for cancellation with a fee refund (less a 10% processing fee) will only be accepted through May 25, 2015. Those who fail to attend and do not notify USRA prior to May 25 will forfeit their full fee.

Parking and Maps

Free parking is available for workshop participants. Please use the Parking and Map Information to help navigate your way to the workshop.

Accommodations and Area Information

Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. Participants are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible as there are no rooms blocked for this workshop.

Suggested hotels located close to the workshop venue include:

Drury Hotel
Embassy Suites
Springhill Suites

Participants are encouraged to use the Flagstaff visitor’s information guides below to plan their trip:

Flagstaff City Map
Flagstaff Visitor’s Guide


For further information regarding the scientific content of the meeting:

Lisa Gaddis
U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science Center
Phone:  928-556-7053
E-mail:  [email protected]

Trent Hare
U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science Center
Phone:  928-556-7126
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding meeting details or announcements:

Ingrid Dudley
Meeting and Publication Services
Phone:  281-244-2011
E-mail:  [email protected]

For further information regarding abstracts or registration, contact:

Linda Tanner
Meeting and Publication Services
Phone:  281-486-2142
E-mail:  [email protected]


Deadline for registering at reduced fee - Extended May 13, 2015
Second Planetary Data Workshop June 8–11, 2015


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