Working Workshops

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"Working workshops" as opposed to "talking workshops" are meetings where the participants work together (possibly divided into pairs or small teams) to develop new software code or to conduct computational experiments addressing a particular problem. Working workshops are a cross between scientific workshops and coding sprints or hackathons common among open-source software communities.

Previous workshops

1st Madagascar Working Workshop Reproducibility and Migration Gallery


During this workshop, published papers that are not currently reproducible would be made reproducible and included with Madagascar (with permission from the authors). This includes both recent papers and old historical papers.

Migration Gallery

Migration gallery is a matrix where rows are different benchmark datasets and columns are different seismic migration methods. The goal of the workshop is to fill missing entries in the matrix and to add new rows and columns to it.

2nd Madagascar Working Workshop Parallel Computing

The parallel computing workshop uses resources of a supercomputing center. The goal is to peform a number of large-scale parallel computations and to test and document different styles of simplifying parallel computing tasks in Madagascar.

3rd Working Workshop - 3D land Seismic processing

In the data processing workshop, a particular field seismic dataset is selected for processing by different people and possibly different processing packages. A clear metric is developed for comparing results at different stages of data processing. The goal is to learn about the best data processing practices, to improve the existing tools, and to build reproducible examples.

4th Working Workshop - 3D land Seismic processing

In this working workshop we revisted 3D land seismic processing. The goal was to learn about the best data processing practices, to improve the existing tools, and to build reproducible examples.

5th Working Workshop - Tutorials

In the tutorial workshop created reproducible tutorials on topics of interest to seismic interpreters, applied geophysicists, and other earth scientists.

6th Working Workshop - Python and Julia for Geophysics

In this workshop participants worked on interfacing seismic data to Python and Julia and creating examples using these languages to solve geophysical problems.

Future workshops

Here are some suggestions for future working workshops for the Madagascar community.


The goal of this workshop would be to improve the existing Madagascar documentation and to create new documents (books, papers, user manuals).

Seismic Interpretation

Seismic interpreters can access the Madagascar functionality through the OpendTect interface. However, they are lacking particular examples of data analysis tasks relevant to seismic interpretation. This workshop will bring together Madagascar/OpendTect developers and practicing interpreters to go through case studies and to build necessary tools.

C++/Java/Python/Fortran/Matlab/Julia Interface

The goal of this workshop would be to extend the Madagascar interface to the corresponding language and to create examples of its usage.

Non-seismic Geophysics

Develop programs and examples for non-seismic geophysics: potential-field methods (gravity and magnetics), controlled-source electromagnetics (CSEM), ground-penetrating radar (GPR), etc.