Deputy Director & Vice President for Research

Phase 2

Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI

Main goals for WHOI's Ocean Informatics initiative Phase 2 (2014 - present) include:
Goal 1: Help WHOI staff and students adopt informatics practices and technologies
Goal 2: Become aware of broader community efforts and external opportunities that may lead to new funding
Goal 3: Strengthen connections to expertise within WHOI and our local science community
Goal 4: Help with data and software life cycle management and publishing
Goal 5: Promote WHOI as a leader in expertise on Ocean Informatics

The Coping with Your Data Workshop in 2013 (see Events page) marked the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of Ocean Informatics at WHOI. Phase 2 is coordinated by Stace Beaulieu (, supported by Danie Kinkade, Joe Futrelle, and Lisa Raymond, as members of an ad hoc Advisory Group. Cyndy Chandler (MCG) also served from 2013-2016. Please feel free to contact any member of the group with questions about accessing, handling, and sharing data. Also, please contact us if you are interested in joining the Advisory Group.

Helpful email subscription lists

You may also email or subscribe to:

- data-mongers email list (
- WHOI Software Mailing List (
- bioinformatics email list (
- WHOI's Matlab users group ( (note: there is also "sea-mat", an international list for ocean data users of matlab)
- Woods Hole Python users group (
- Woods Hole Use Case Collaborative (!forum/whuc-collaborative)

Helpful training materials online

Coursera Data Scientist's Toolbox (

Software Carpentry (

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis: Instructional materials for data science (

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DataONE Data Stories project ( Concept map of sources of conflict or tension for researchers managing or sharing data. Courtesy S. Rebich Hespanha, UCSB. (Rebich Hespanha, Stacy; Menz, Sarah; Bragg, Jessica (2014): Data Stories: Concept map of sources of conflict or tension for researchers managing or sharing data.

Challenges and triumphs in coping with data

If you are experiencing challenges in coping with data, you may be interested in browsing the DataONE Data Stories project, which is focused on collecting researchers’ stories about conflicts and successes that they have encountered when managing data and making efforts to share or re-use data:

Sustainable software for science

A new community is emerging for best practices for sustainability and attribution for scientific software. We are posting links to best practices at:

Diagram for Software Lifecycle and Components, from Institute for Sustainable Earth and Environmental Software (ISEES)

EU SciForge project for Publication and Citation of Scientific Software with Persistent Identifiers:

Last updated: August 27, 2019