- Amazon Web Services (AWS), Summit, 5-6 April
Leigh Gordon, Ankit Bhasin, and Peter Blain attended the AWS Summit, which was held in Sydney. AWS Summits are held once a year in each major country and comprise talks by AWS, AWS partners, and AWS customers. The first day's keynote was presented by Werner Vogels, the AWS Chief Technology Officer. He was joined by AWS customers, such as the CTO of Westpac, who spoke about their respective infrastructures hosted in the AWS Cloud. The second day's keynote was presented by Glenn Gore, the AWS Chief Solutions Architect. Glenn's talk was more technical covering topics such as IoT, which will be important for the remote sensing community in the years ahead. Like Werner, Glenn was joined by customers who spoke about their experiences in the cloud. The remainder of the conference comprised parallel breakout sessions that ranged from introductory overviews, to detailed technical talks covering advanced topics such as security and machine learning. At a vendor pavilion, a contingent of AWS solutions architects were available to answer questions throughout the conference.
The solutions architect's area provided an opportunity to discuss the direction of the AODN infrastructure and to identify potential areas for improvement. If there was a key theme to the summit, it was an emphasis on serverless architecture. Overall, the conference was a valuable exercise, both as a learning and fact-finding experience, and as an opportunity to compare and discuss cloud computing approaches with peers.
- Digital Coast, Workshop, 11-12 April
The 'Digital Coast' Community of Practice workshop held at CSIRO Hobart, 11-12 April 2017, had as its theme the explosion in real-time data we are experiencing (and anticipating) and the challenge to create an infrastructure to host and share these large volumes of heterogeneous data such that (a) anyone can relate to it, (b) it is very easy to install and use, and (c) it is scalable.
The workshop presentations focussed on current data infrastructures and explored how these, or entirely new ones, could evolve towards the challenge. The Director, AODN, contributed to the workshop with a talk titled 'A contribution to ocean data interoperability - Australian Ocean Data Network and the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform'.
- British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC), Liverpool (UK), Visit, 20-21 April
Colleagues from the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) met over two days to discuss future collaborations. AODN presented current data handling methodologies, from instrument deployment to the online data availability via the AODN portal; and demonstrations of additional application software developed and used by the AODN.
BODC and the AODN look forward to continued collaboration, in particular work on marine vocabularies and data interoperability.
- European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, Vienna (AUSTRIA), Conference, 23-28 April
EGU, the European Geosciences Union was held in Vienna, Austria from 23–28 April 2017. This major event is dedicated to the earth, planetary and space sciences. An Australian Ocean Data Network project officer went to present AODN's experience in migration to Amazon Web Services. The talk highlighted the reasons for choosing a commercial cloud services environment and the new data workflow adopted via pipeline processing. The presentation was part of broader session on Informatics in Oceanography and Ocean Science.