Director of Research


Upcoming Events

Carly Strasser, Program Officer for the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation's Data-Driven Discovery initiative, will be giving a special seminar on Monday, June 27, noon, Redfield:

Title: Come In, We’re Open: The Changing Culture of Research
Abstract: We are hearing more about open: open data, open access, open source, open science, et cetera. More often, data  sharing is requested or required by funders, journals, publishers, and institutions. What does this mean  for how we do science? What are the implications for individual researchers? I will  provide an overview of the trends towards openness in science, why this is a good thing, and how you can participate.

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

WHOI's Ocean Informatics initiative has 4 main goals in 2016:
1) Help WHOI staff and students adopt informatics practices and technologies,
2) Become aware of broader community efforts and external opportunities that may lead to new funding,
3) Strengthen connections to expertise within WHOI and our local science community,
4) Help with data and software life cycle management and publishing.

Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI began in 2013 with the "Coping with Your Data Workshop" (see Events page). The Ocean Informatics Advisory Group currently consists of Stace Beaulieu (coordinator of the group, in Biology Dept.), Cyndy Chandler (MCG), Joe Futrelle (AOPE), and Lisa Raymond (Co-Director MBLWHOI Library). Please feel free to contact any member of the group with questions. You may also email or join the data-mongers email list (, the WHOI Software Mailing List (, or the bioinformatics email list ( 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: June 21, 2016