Many oceanographic projects at WHOI work with still images and moving images. Projects like HABCAM, SeaBed, and the National Deep Submergence Facility, and the Marine Mammal Laboratory hold terabytes of images. Better and better technologies are being developed to automatically extract and associate metadata about images and allow scientists to do advanced searches. Oceanography can take advantage of such technologies while also contributing lessons-learned by oceanographic researchers about working with ocean imagery.
Bringing Informatics to the Forefront of Science Based Decision Support and Enabling the Assessment of Climate Impacts on Large Marine Ecosystems
Several projects underway at WHOI involve the semantic web of Linked Data.
EarthCube aims to transform the conduct of research through the development of community-guided cyberinfrastructure to integrate data and information across the geosciences.
The Ocean Data Publication Cookbook provides "best practice" examples for data publication in the ocean sciences.
One of the limiting factors for today's collaborative science approaches is the difficulty in finding related data sets authored or collected by other groups. The WHOI-hosted NSF Biological Chemical Oceanographic Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) is developing a smart-search capability to meet some of this need. The WHOI Informatics Working Group and RPI staff are working closely with BCO-DMO to develop an easier way for scientists to discover and access data sets related to their research. A part of this collaboration is the investigation into generalizing this framework for use by other WHOI research areas and investigators.
Access to and quality assessment of routine underway data collected by all oceanographic research vessels is a challenge for todays oceanographer. The multi-institutional R2R (Rolling Deck to Repository) project was recently funded by NSF to solve this problem. The WHOI Ocean Informatics Working Group helped to gain funding for this effort and plans to continue supporting it over the next 5 years. A common website dedicated to oceanographic data collected by all UNOLS research vessels can play a vital role in coordinating cruise-related raw data and data products.