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Doug Oldenburg

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Rowan Cockett

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Lindsey Heagy

We are passionate about the potential of open-source learning resources and having geoscientists communicate and collaborate through the use of web-based technology. One of our initial goals focused on the development of SimPEG, led by Rowan and Lindsey, which contains computational tools and provides a framework for solving parameter estimation problems. In a parallel, Doug and Lindsey revamped the GPG (Geophysics for Practising Geoscientists) whose goal is to provide introductory information about geophysical surveys and how they are used to solve applied problems. The third component, EM.geosci, is motivated by the need to have resource and instructional material for geophysical electromagnetic surveys. It will form the basis of an SEG DISC (Distinguished Instructor Short Course) to be offered in 2017. Understanding and using material in any of the components requires that users be engaged. This is facilitated by the development of interactive application software that allows users to connect principles and outcomes. Our long term goal is to have continued development of individual modules and to use GeoSci to link them so that users can easily transition between theory, computation and application. That would help fulfill our mutual desire to make quantitative geoscience more important and successful in solving societal problems.