The GeoPad Project

Researchers: Andrew Johnson, Jason Leigh, Paul Morin / University of Minnesota, Peter Knopp, Ben van der Pluijm, Peter van Keken / University of Michigan, Brian Davis / US Geological Survey


Funding: NSF, Microsoft, Office of Naval Research, Univ. of MI, USGS EROS Data Center

The GeoPad project is an extension of the collaboration of geoscientist and computer scientist initiated with the GeoWall Consortium. The focus of the GeoPad project is to develop a real-time data gathering system for collaborative field geology.

Unlike traditional geological field experience, the GeoPad project aims to mediate fieldwork with advanced visualization and networking technologies - wireless enabled TabletPCs with attached GPS units, digital cameras, microphone headsets, where data can be instantaneously collected, shared and distributed among each other, various sites and remote “data fusion collaboratories”. These distant “resource centers” provide access to large datastores or visualization resources on demand, providing significant enhancement to geological fieldwork, earth science education and traditional data gathering / analysis methods.


Date: September 1, 2002 - May 15, 2003

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