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Perhaps the greatest obstacle to building an integrated Earth science cyberinfrastructure is the disconnect between the collection of field data and the construction of an associated digital database. This was recognized as a major issue by participants of the Integrated Solid Earth Science Cyberlnfrastructure workshop held at the University of Kansas in 2003, and led to a workshop spanning three days in April 2006, sponsored jointly by the U.S. National Science Foundation and GEON, the Geosciences Network (http://www.geongrid.org).

Twenty-eight participants with backgrounds in a broad range of disciplines from institutions in the United States were joined by representatives from Canada, the United Kingdom, and China to explore the motivations and issues surrounding digital acquisition, analysis, and visualization through a series of demonstrations, breakout sessions, and plenary discussions.