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Ocean Informatics Meetings

Most recent seminar:
Thursday, March 20,  2:30-3:30 PM
Clark 507  (WHOI Quissett Campus)

The Woods Hole area Ocean Informatics group sponsored a one hour seminar by Dr. Peter Fox of HAO/ESSL/NCAR entitled "Semantic Data Frameworks: The Ins and Outs of Current Earth and Space  Science Informatics". Dr. Fox reviewed progress in the field of geoinformatics and highlighted semantic web methods and technologies for management, discovery, integration, and visualization  of heterogeneous distributed geoscience data.  The presentation was followed by an hour long discussion of informatics initiatives at Woods Hole research locations.

More information about the presenter:
Peter's Web site:  http://web.hao.ucar.edu/~pfox/

Chronological Listing of Past Meetings
Meetings are on Wednesdays at noon unless otherwise noted.

Meetings through 2006 were sponsored by the Data Mongers group.  At the April 2007 meeting, we decided to change the name of the group to the Woods Hole Ocean Informatics Group.

March 22, 2006: Preliminary meeting, MRF 204
    Brief, informal presentations about some ongoing projects and some recent and upcoming meetings related to the DataMongers interests, including:
QARTOD, GoMODP, MMI, GeoBrowser, IOOS DM meeting.

May 17, 2006: 12:10 p.m.  MRF 204
    Adam Shepherd of WHOI's CIS and Web Group presented a one hour seminar entitled "Web Services - a good choice for sharing ocean science data". Adam began with a  brief overview of Web services and then describe the requirements for implementing XML/SOAP based Web services to enable system-to-system interoperability for oceanographic data.  Web services offer opportunities to share data in ways that were previously difficult with other technologies. The seminar will describe the ease of use and overall benefits of using Web services and  then highlight some of the shortcomings and directions for future growth.
Topics to be covered in the seminar:
  • how data has been/is being shared
  • what can web services offer to new/existing data systems
  • drawbacks and current shortcomings
  • requirements for using web services
  • growth potential
  • question and answer and followup discussion
Anyone with an interest in marine science data in Woods Hole or Falmouth is invited to all meetings.

June 20, 2006:
    The CICOR office and WHOI's ITAC sponsored a presentation by John Graybeal, PI of MBARI and the Marine Metadata Interoperability (MMI) project, at 3:30 in Carriage House. New expectations for shared use of ocean science data create both an opportunity and a burden for researchers and technologists, and the MMI project suggests some answers.  John's talk included a description of some of the challenges of interoperability as well as possible solutions, and was followed by an open discussion and exchange of ideas.
Relevant Web link: http://www.marinemetadata.org

June, 27 2006:
    David Remsen of MBL. David is the PI of the uBio project, a  Taxonomic Name Server that uses SOAP-based web services to allow users to access uBio data as if it were a local resource. Sponsored by WHIT, the Woods Hole Information Technology group.

Fall 2006:
Cyndy Chandler (WHOI MC&G Department), data manager for the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Data Management Office, will report on the Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG) 2006, held 14-18 August 2006 at the San Diego Super Computer Center (SDSC) on the campus of UC San Diego.  We were unable to identify a convenient time to hold this meeting, but the information below may be helpful.

The Cyberinfrastructure Summer Institute for Geoscientists (CSIG) workshop series has been designed to provide IT training, with the goal of improving the understanding of IT concepts among geoscientists and to expand the community of IT users in earth science research. CSIG 2006 builds upon the first two CSIG offerings in 2004 and 2005.

Related links:
CSIG 2004 » http://www.geongrid.org/CSIG04/
CSIG 2005  » http://www.geongrid.org/CSIG05/

The week-long CSIG 2006 course provided an introduction to selected IT topics as well as some hands-on exercises, including: Web Services with examples using LiDAR data; introduction to the purpose and use of scientific workflows; knowledge representation, including a discussion of technologies related to data registration, ontology-enabled search and data integration; GIS concepts and software and Web services-based standards for GIS information and a science integration scenario using NetCDF data.

Related link:
Full CSIG 2006 program information » http://www.geongrid.org/CSIG06/program_info.html

The NSF Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, in their January 2003 report, Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure, summarized the scientific need for new cyberinfrastructure capabilities as being “essential, not optional, to the aspirations of research communities”. The report also states that, “Environments and organizations, enabled by cyberinfrastructure, are increasingly required to address national and global priorities, such as understanding global climate change, protecting our natural environment, applying genomics-proteomics to human health, maintaining national security, mastering the world of nanotechnology, and predicting and protecting against natural and human disasters, as well as to address some of our most fundamental intellectual questions such as the formation of the universe and the fundamental character of matter”.

View the full NSF Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee report (PDF) » http://www.nsf.gov/od/oci/reports/atkins.pdf
and an NSF Special Report on CI is available at » http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/cyber/index.jsp

April 4, 2007: Wednesday, noon, Carriage House, Quissett Campus, WHOI

"Putting Your Data on the Map"

The meeting featured five short presentations and a discussion about different approaches to publishing data on the web, plus current projects related to data integration and interoperability. 

The five speakers were Janet Fredericks (AOP&E), Andy Maffei (CIS), Cyndy Chandler (MCG), Robert Groman (Biology), and Nan Galbraith (PO). Brief overviews were presented for these topics:
    ORION CyberInfrastructure Committee
    Ocean Informatics (OI)
    OCB database project
    BCO-DMO Initiative
    U.S. GLOBEC and the MapServer interface
    NDBC Data Portal
    Marine Metadata Interoperability (MMI)

Please see Related Files sidebar to download the slides from each presentation.

The acronymns listed above refer to:
    BCO-DMO    Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office
    GLOBEC    GLOBal ocean ECosystems dynamics
    GoMODP    Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership
    MVCO    Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory
    NDBC    National Data Buoy Center
    NERACOOS    Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems
    OCB    Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry
    OOSTethys    Ocean Observatory Systems Tethys project
    ORION    Ocean Research Interactive Observatory Networks

July 19, 2007: Thursday, 3 PM, Clark 509, Quissett Campus, WHOI

"Woods Hole Area Informatics Network"

The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss formation of of the "Woods Hole Area Informatics Network" (WHAIN).  We anticipate that WHAIN would comprise research and other organizations in the greater Woods Hole area that would develop tools and techniques to share data among themselves. The meeting was attended by representatives of MBL, NMFS, USGS, WHRC, SEA, WHOI, and WBNERR.

August 24, 2007:
Friday, 3:30, Carriage House, Quissett Campus, WHOI

"Ocean Informatics: in theory and in practice" Karen Baker, SIO, UCSD

Karen Baker's seminar began with a review of the development of Ocean Informatics (OI) and then she gave some examples of OI in practice by presenting an overview of several current OI research projects. Karen Baker's OI site at UCSD »   http://oceaninformatics.ucsd.edu/  and a PDF file of her MS PowerPoint presentation slides is available in the related files list above.

March 20, 2008: Thursday, 2:30-3:30, Clark 507, Quissett Campus, WHOI

"Semantic Data Frameworks: The Ins and Outs of Current Earth and Space Science Informatics"  Peter Fox, HAO/ESSL/NCAR

In this special presentation, Dr. Fox reviewed progress in the field of geoinformatics and highlighted semantic web methods and technologies for management, discovery, integration, and visualization of heterogeneous distributed geoscience data. 

More information about the presenter:
Peter's Web site:  http://web.hao.ucar.edu/~pfox/

Presentation Abstract:
In the past decade, the emergence of high volume, heterogeneous data  sources arising as a result of new observational methods, detectors, and  computer technology has led to the adoption of both new paradigms and technical approaches in acquiring, managing and distributing data and information products to diverse audiences. Increasingly, researchers are being  challenged to advance scientific understanding using either complex disciplinary or interdisciplinary data holdings and more and more often, data from both observations and models that they may not have generated. Terms such as virtual, integrated, distributed, interdisciplinary, non-specialist and multi-stakeholder present a panoply of both technical and non-technical challenges.

What has emerged is a natural layering of modern cyberinfrastructure built on now (almost) commodity information technology. However, the translation of science needs and functionality of what are commonly  called 'data systems', have had variable success in sustainably utilizing the still evolving cyberinfrastructure.

This talk will present context, introduce and define concepts, and  highlight the growing awareness that informatics is a key linking element between science and cyberinfrastructure.  Using a few examples,  we will cover the problem and accompanying implemented solutions, such as details on semantic web and related methodologies and technologies.

The talk will conclude with a discussion of how an emerging set of collected experiences, when taken together,  manifests an emerging informatics core capability. Such a core capability is starting to take data intensive science into a new realm of realizability and potentially, sustainability.  Pointers to  implementations, including one deployed system in use by a community of 1000 scientists, will be included as examples of operational specifications of the new  paradigm.

Brief biographical sketch of the presenter:
As Chief Computational Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of  the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Dr. Fox's  research  specializes in the fields of solar and solar-terrestrial physics,  computational and computer science, information technology, and grid- enabled, distributed semantic data frameworks. This research utilizes  state-of-the-art modeling techniques, internet-based technologies,  including the semantic web, and applies them to large-scale  distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of  data and information within specific science and engineering  disciplines as well as among disciplines. Fox is currently PI for the  Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory, the Semantically-Enabled  Scientific Data Integration, Semantic Provenance Capture in Data  Ingest Systems and the CEDAR database projects.  Fox has spent over 22  years bridging science and distributed data and information systems  to support community activities utilizing use case driven design. He  leads working groups for: Virtual Observatories for the Electronic  Geophysical Year, semantic web for NASA technology infusion as well  as the Earth Science Information Partnership federation, is vice- chair of the AGU Special Focus Group on Earth and Space Science  Informatics, is an associate editor for the Earth Science Informatics  journal, is a member of the editorial board for Computers in  Geosciences and lead editor for the AGU monograph Virtual Observatories in Geosciences currently in  preparation.  Fox is a member of the ad-hoc International Council for  Science's Strategic Committee for Information and Data, and currently serves as President for the not-for-profit Open source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP).

Links to selected cyber-enabled projects in which Dr. Fox is currently active:
Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory (VSTO, http://www.vsto.org/)
Semantically-Enabled Science Data Integration (SESDI, http://sesdi.hao.ucar.edu/)
Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR, http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/), an NSF-sponsored Global Change program
Earth System Grid (ESG, http://www.earthsystemgrid.org/), integrating supercomputers with large-scale, distributed data and analysis servers to create an environment to  support next generation climate research
Scientific Knowledge Integration Framework (SKIF, http://skif.hao.ucar.edu/), which aims to integrate distributed cyber resources and perform analysis on NASA data
Open source  Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP, http://www.opendap.org/)

All are welcome to join us. Ocean Informatics meetings are open to anyone in the Woods Hole or Falmouth area with an interest in informatics, interoperability, or data management. Please send suggestions for speakers or discussion topics to  Nan Galbraith, Bob Groman,  or Cyndy Chandler.


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