Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


Registration will open January 7th for WHOI's first Data Science Training Camp

Registration will open January 7th for WHOI's first Data Science Training Camp, to be held on the afternoons of Jan. 16 and Jan. 23 (link to register). Training will be guided by foundational best practices in data, software, and project management for scientific research, and will include some more specific practices in the ocean sciences and some resources available to you at WHOI (link to syllabus). Sponsored by WHOI Doherty Chair in Education from Academic Programs, co-sponsored by WHOI Ocean Informatics initiative, WHOI Data Library, and WHOI Information Services.

Webinar for new NSF EarthCube solicitation

New NSF EarthCube solicitation EarthCube Science-Enabling Data Capabilities: This opportunity builds capabilities to improve geosciences data use and reuse for observational, experimental, and computational research that is interoperable with emerging standards and resources. Full proposal deadline: March 05, 2019
Webinar with guidance for the solicitation: Friday, January 25, 2019: 1 PM EST
Webex meeting link
Join by phone: +1-510-210-8882 (Webex meeting number: 900 310 214, Webex meeting password: EarthCube2019!)
EarthCube Leadership Council recommendations for the solicitation (link)

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). The Ocean Informatics advisory group currently consists of Stace Beaulieu (coordinator of the group, in Biology Dept.), Danie Kinkade (Biology), Joe Futrelle (IS), 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: January 2, 2019