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Software and Data 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 2 Software Carpentry (SWC) and 1 Data Carpentry (DC) Workshop in 2018. The two-day SWC workshops are geared towards foundational software development, computational, and data science skills. Our first workshop is 9-10 May 2018, and our second is 22-23 October 2018. The one-day DC workshop is a Python masterclass on 15 August 2018.

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: July 16, 2018