StraboSed Virtual Workshop

June 22-26, 2020

Good news for the sedimentary community!

You are invited to a free, one-week virtual workshop on how to use the NSF-EarthCube sponsored StraboSpot digital field notebook and data management system for sedimentological data and stratigraphic sections. The system works on iPads/Android devices and through the StraboSpot website (see for more info).

Leaders: Margie Chan (Utah), Diane Kamola (Kansas), Liz Hajek (Penn State), Casey Duncan (Utah), and Basil Tikoff (Wisconsin)

Date: Week of June 22, 2020 (while you have no other field commitments!)

Format: The workshop is designed to introduce you to StraboSpot and enable you to develop a good working knowledge of its capabilities for teaching and research. There will be 3 sessions of ~1.5hrs. each: M, T, F morning (8am PT, 9am MT, 10am CT, 11am ET). W and Th are for you to complete your own stratigraphic sections, and there will be a staffed Help Desk to answer questions. We encourage teams of “field partners” (any combination of faculty, students, assistants, etc.) to participate. As an added incentive, we will be able to provide a limited number of small ($200) stipends for teams that complete and upload stratigraphic columns to the StraboSpot webpage at the end of the workshop. We anticipate a time commitment of ~ 10 hours for the entirety of the short course (4.5 hrs. workshop time plus additional 4-6+ hrs. for your own explorations).

Who: We welcome any faculty, students, or individuals interested in sedimentary geology data collection. Please help us spread the word and share this with anyone who might be interested. This program may be very helpful for those who will be teaching online/virtual sedimentary geology classes!

Why Strabo?: StraboSpot is a field data collection web and mobile app for Android and iOS devices that permits high-level data collection for research and teaching. The app covers clastic, carbonate, evaporite, and other sedimentary rock types and facilitates collection, organization, and sharing of typical sedimentary field and core data. The vocabulary-based structure makes it is possible to standardize and organize a back-end database that can capture, sort, and share sedimentologic/stratigraphic data that is typically stored only in field notebooks. The same structure also makes the app useful for teaching applications, guiding students through traditional workflows and reinforcing hierarchy of sedimentary terms.

Community support: This virtual workshop is sponsored by NSF, and endorsed by the GSA Sedimentary Geology Division, the GSA Geoinformatics Division, and SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

Sign up: Please register with Casey Duncan ( by Jun 15, 2020!

StraboSed Virtual Workshop

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