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CyVerse NEON Airborne Observation Platform Workshop

Times: 09:00 - 14:00 MST, UTC-7

Dates: Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, and Saturday 7th (optional day) November 2020

Ready to join the workshop? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Create CyVerse Account (free) CyVerse User Portal

Please use your institutional email address, and if you don’t have an ORCID ID - sign up for one of those too, they’re super important and valuable!

Step 2: Sign up for Workshop Workshop Enrollment

Step 3: Review this website – all of our training materials will be posted or linked from here


The goals of the workshop are to allow you as new data scientists to leave with an understanding of the NEON Data API and working with NEON AOP data and to introduce CyVerse as a platform for conducting data intensive scientific research.

You will have opportunities to work in your preferred Integrated Development Environment (IDE) in the public research cyberinfrastructure. CyVerse enables us to work with large and very large analyses. You will be able to work with NEON AOP data across many sites and many years worth of data without ever having to “download” anything over your local internet service provider.

Tutorial Maintainer(s)

Who to contact if this guide needs fixing.

Maintainer Institution GitHub Username
Tyson Swetnam CyVerse / University of Arizona tyson-swetnam
Bridget Hass NEON / Battelle Inc bridgethass
Donal O’Leary NEON / Battelle Inc donal-at-NEON


Downloads, access, and services

In order to complete this tutorial you will need access to the following services/software

Prerequisite Preparation/Notes Link/Download
CyVerse_globe You will need a CyVerse account to use our tools CyVerse User Portal
cyberduck CyberDuck File manager (Windows and Mac OS X only) Download Cyberduck
github GitHub allows you to create your own version controlled repositories GitHub
gee Google Earth Engine (GEE) code editor account GEE


We provide ready-to-use examples of (1) Docker containers with pre-configured geospatial software environments, (2) Notebook examples of NEON AOP geospatial data analyses, & (3) ReadTheDocs style documentation that will allow for self-paced asynchonous learning as well as opportunities for in-person live coding.

We will use the following CyVerse platform(s):

Platform Interface Link Platform Tour
Data Store GUI/Command line Data Store Data Store Guide
Discovery Environment Web/Point-and-click Discovery Environment Discovery Environment Guide
Learning Center ReadTheDocs This website CyVerse Learning Center

Application(s) used

Discovery Environment App(s):

App name Version Description Quick Launch GitHub repositories
Workspace latest all-the-things workspace-geospatial-latest CyVerse Workspace GitHub
RStudio 3.6.3 Rocker Project RStudio with geospatial applications pre-installed rstudio-geospatial-3.6.3 CyVerse RStudio GitHub
JupyterLab 2.2.5 Jupyter Lab Data Science Notebook with Geospatial applications pre-installed jupyterlab-geospatial CyVerse JupyterLab GitHub
GIS Desktop latest Ubuntu Desktop with QGIS, GRASS-GIS, SAGA-GIS, PDAL, & GDAL tools QGIS-Xpra QGIS Xpra GitHub

Input and example data

In order to complete this tutorial you will need to have the following inputs prepared

Input File(s) Format Preparation/Notes Example Data
NEON API various Use in browser or R Studio Shiny App NEON Shiny Browser
Sample Datasets various Example datasets cached on the CyVerse Data Store WebDav

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