Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


"Lunch and Learn" Friday April 13, noon, Clark 507

“LUNCH AND LEARN” Modeling topics and trends in NSF ocean sciences awards

Friday April 13 @ noon in Clark 507

Join WHOI's Ocean Informatics initiative for a “Lunch and Learn” on Friday April 13, at noon in Clark 507. Ivan Lima (MCG) will show how he used topic modeling to discover topics in NSF ocean sciences awards over the past three decades and identify trends in the different topics and their funding. Come see his results - and how he did it - using text mining with natural language processing then modeling with machine learning. Limited pizza will be provided. You are welcome to bring your lunch if you come a little late.

New NSF Solicitation due April 18, 2018

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) - Data and Software: Elements and Frameworks

NSF 18-531

This new solicitation combines two major and long-running NSF program solicitations [NSF 17-500: Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) and NSF 17-526: Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2)] under a single umbrella called Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI).

OOI Oceanhackweek applications due May 7, 2018

Oceanhackweek will be held August 20-24, 2018, at the University of Washington, Seattle, in collaboration with the UW eScience Institute.

This 5-day hands-on workshop is aimed at exploring, creating and promoting effective computation and analysis workflows for large and complex oceanographic data. The focus will be on data provided by the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). More information is available on:

Applications due by May 7, 2018.

Software Carpentry Workshops to be held at WHOI in 2018

Thanks to a WHOI Technical Staff Award "Enhancing software development skills for better science in less time," WHOI's Ocean Informatics advisory group will host two Carpentries workshops in 2018. These popular two-day workshops are geared towards foundational software development, computational, and data science skills. For more information, please consult:

Please vote to let us know what topics you are interested in, and when:

What is Informatics?

Informatics can be described as the science and technologies that transform data into information and knowledge. Informatics is more than computer science or information technology. It refers to the structures, behavior and interactions of systems that store, process, and communicate information. Examples of domain-specific informatics include: Bioinformatics, Biodiversity informatics, Geoinformatics, and Social informatics. The science and technologies of Ocean informatics are now emerging, with many examples shown here in the Projects tab on this webpage.

Ocean Informatics at WHOI

Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI began in 2013 and has several strategic goals (see Phase 2 page). In 2018 we have two focal projects in addition to engagement in the broader Earth science informatics community. The first focal project, aligned with Goal 1, is associated with our Technical Staff Award “Enhancing software development skills for better science in less time.” The second project, aligned with Goals 3 & 4, is associated with our Cooperative Agreement with USGS Woods Hole (see Partners page).

The Ocean Informatics advisory group currently consists of Stace Beaulieu (coordinator of the group, in Biology Dept.), Danie Kinkade (Biology), Joe Futrelle (AOPE), and Lisa Raymond (Co-Director MBLWHOI Library). Please feel free to contact any member of the group with questions. Also, please contact us if you are interested in joining the advisory group.

Phase 1 was active from 2009-2013, led by a 4-person Ocean Informatics Working Group. This Working Group recommended a strategy and an action plan to build a robust data informatics infrastructure at WHOI. Thanks to a modest budget provided by the WHOI directorate alongside synergistic staff resources provided by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the group achieved its initial core mission of initiating and expanding a basic Ocean Informatics infrastructure at WHOI. The group and partners brought in external support, established new collaborations, and produced a suite of software tools along with other accomplishments detailed in a final report (see Phase 1 page).

Last updated: April 9, 2018