All Paws 2021

Monday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Join the Clowder community online for three days of talks, demos, and interactive sessions June 21-23, 2021. Registration is now open via the link above! Check out our initial agenda below, with further updates to come.

New in 2021:

  • Project Talks: Community members will be presenting brief lightning talks highlighting their research as part of this year's programming. All presentation slots are currently filled and the organizing team has reached out to confirm details with speakers. If you are still interested in highlighting your project, there will be opportunities during discussion sections and breakouts. Thank you to everyone who signed up to share your research with the broader community!
  • Special Gift: You have the option to receive a surprise gift package full of Clowder swag mailed directly to you when you register for All Paws ‘21. Supplies are limited to the first 150 who sign up, so register today!


The below agenda is subject to change as speakers and session details are finalized.

All are welcome to participate throughout the event! Developer-focused sessions are highlighted in blue, while other sessions will be of interest to both researchers and developers.

Monday June 21

Time (Central Daylight Time) Topic
10:00 - 10:05am Brief Welcome, overview of the day, and policy on q&a
10:05 - 10:30am Keynote - Kenton McHenry

Open Source Scientific Data Management

10:30 - 11:15am Project Talks - Guest Speakers
Topics include: Materials Science, Geoscience and Agriculture

Overview - Katie Naum
Jerry Thomas, Syngenta: SIMPL

11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:00pm Clowder Overview - Luigi Marini

Design principles driving Clowder. Why Clowder works the way it does. Potential future improvements.

12:00pm - 12:15pm Clowder User Demonstration - Max Burnette

Overview of basic Clowder features

12:15 - 1:15pm Break / Lunch
1:15 - 1:45pm Updates since Last All Paws - Luigi Marini

The past two years in review; new contributors; and new features.

1:45 - 2:30pm Overview of Clowder for Developers and Administrators - Luigi Marini

Technical overview of Clowder’s main components: extractors, previewers, and Web API. How to setup your development environment.

2:30 - 2:45pm Break
2:45 - 3:15pm Data Previewers - Mike Lambert

Adding customized visualizations with previewers. “What is a data previewer?” Adding custom previewers. Examples of custom data visualizations. Dataset previewers.

3:15 - 4:00pm Q&A
Preview of Tuesday and Wednesday
Poll: Breakout Topics
4:00pm Adjourn

Tuesday June 22

Time (Central Daylight Time) Topic
10:00 - 11:00am Welcome - 5 min
Project Talks - Guest Speakers

Topics include: Ecosystems and human landscapes, Built environment and geoscience, Materials Science

Hoang Nguyen, Rubbiya Ali, University of Queensland: Pitschi: Particle Imaging depoT using Storage CacHing Infrastructure
Peter Groves, UIUC NCSA: MRI Image Processing
Richard England, Southern Methodist University: SMU Campus Clowder
Barbara Minsker, Southern Methodist University: Clowder Use Case: Equity of Urban Neighborhood Infrastructure
Noah Fahlgren, Danforth Plant Science Center: Phenomics

11:00 - 11:15am Break
11:15 - 11:30am Clowder Extractors - Michael Johnson

Introduction to extractors, different extractor types, extractor info JSON document, and extractor catalog.

11:30 - 11:45pm Ingestion Pipelines and Workflows - Max Burnette

As part of the Terra-Ref project, we have received many TB of data per day over multiple years. This presentation will detail how we received the data, got it into Clowder, and ran the appropriate extractors to process the data.

11:45 - 12:15pm How to create a new Extractor - Todd Nicholson

Tutorial on how to add custom extractors Writing extractors for image previews, metadata, and extractor_info.json. Creating the Docker file. Pip and conda.

12:15 - 1:15pm Break / Lunch
1:15 - 1:45pm AI Support in Clowder - Sandeep Puthanveetil Satheesan

Overview of machine-learning based extractors, training, and validation capabilities in Clowder.

1:45 - 2:45pm Project Talks - Guest Speakers

Topics: Built Environment, Digital Humanities

Norman Adkins, Environmental Protection Agency: CCTE Clowder
Georgios Artopoulos, The Cyprus Institute: H2020 NI4OS Clowder4DCH
Rini Mehta, University of Illinois: Global Film History
Carolina Villarroel, University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program: USLDH
Colter Wehmeier, UIUC NCSA / CYI STARC: Wikar / Clowderbridge

2:45 - 3:00pm Break
3:00 - 3:30pm Deploying Clowder - Rob Kooper

Deploying clowder natively, using docker and using kubernetes. Will leverage katacoda for demonstrations.

3:30 - 4:00pm Technical Dive into Clowder Core - Max Burnette

This presentation focuses on core components of Clowder and how Clowder is built to both scale and extend.

4:00pm Adjourn

Wednesday June 23

Time (Central Daylight Time) Topic
10:00 - 10:30am Welcome - 5 min
How to Contribute and Plans for Next Year - Luigi Marini

Different ways for you to contribute to Clowder. Clowder 2.0. Plans for next year.

10:30 - 12:00pm Helping Software and Gateway Projects Get to the Next Level through Collaboration and Engagement - Nancy Maron
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 1:30pm Project Talks - Guest Speakers

Topics include: Earth Science

Praveen Kumar, Critical Interface Network (CINet)
Anna Liljedahl, Permafrost Discovery Gateway (PDG)

1:30 - 2:30pm Topic Specific Breakouts
  • Getting started with Clowder
  • Integration with other data storage systems
  • Creating custom geodashboards
  • Other, based on audience interest
2:30 - 3:00pm Discussion and Final Thoughts
3:00pm Adjourn