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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:
Anyone with an interest in marine science data in Woods Hole or Falmouth is invited to all meetings.
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
question and answer and followup discussion
June 20, 2006:
CREATING MARINE METADATA INTEROPERABILITY
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.
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.
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.
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
GoMODP and NERACOOS
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.
"Ocean Informatics: in theory and in practice" Karen Baker, SIO, UCSD
August 24, 2007: Friday, 3:30, Carriage House, Quissett Campus, WHOI
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/NCARIn
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
More information about the presenter:
Peter's Web site: http://web.hao.ucar.edu/~pfox/
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.
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.
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:
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
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.