- European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, 09-13 April 2018
Early April saw two of the AODN staff, Roger Proctor and Marty Hidas, attended the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna – April 8 - 13. As the name implies, this annual event brings together students, scientists and professionals working in a broad range of fields including marine and climate science, geology, natural hazards, solar system sciences and many more. Over 14,000 people attended from all over Europe, and the rest of the world.
Of particular interest to the AODN were sessions on environmental data infrastructures, web-based data exchange and processing, geospatial web services, "Big Earth Data", open data, reproducible research and open science. Roger gave a presentation on developing online services to annotate and analyse underwater imagery, and also presented three posters - an overview of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), and two on the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS). Marty presented a poster on the recently developed software for data ingestion into the AODN.
- ANDS-RDS-NECTAR FAIR Research Data Forum, Canberra, 10 April 2018
Sebastien Mancini of the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) attended the FAIR Research Data Forum organised by ANDS-NECTAR-RDS in Canberra. This one day event was a day of exploring responsibilities and opportunities to strengthen the use of data in research, the provision of data, related research outputs, and data services for research.
- Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) Collaboration, Meeting, Canberra, 11 April 2018
Sebastien Mancini met with Miles Nicholls from the Atlas Living Australia (ALA) to discuss the integration of ALA dataset collections into the AODN Portal. This work is a sub-component of the Marine Research Data Cloud project funded by ANDS-NECTAR-RDS.
- Geoscience Australia (GA) Collaboration, Meeting, Canberra, 11 April 2018
Sebastien Mancini met with Rachel Przeslawski, Johnathan Kool and Andrew Carroll from Geoscience Australia (GA) to discuss the integration of some dataset collections managed by GA into the AODN Portal. This work is a sub-component of the Marine Research Data Cloud project funded by ANDS-NECTAR-RDS.
- Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit, Conference, Sydney, 10-12 April 2018
A contingent of four Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) staff attended the 2018 AWS Summit in Sydney, which ran from the 10th to the 12th of April. The two and a half day event attracted twenty thousand attendees from around Australia with an interest in cloud computing. The Summit provides information technology professionals with an opportunity to discover the latest innovations in the cloud computing space, and to see how other organisations are coping.
The event began with Innovation Day, which included presentations and workshops by pioneering tech leaders who shared their philosophies and methodologies for building a culture of innovation. Day two began with an inspirational keynote by AWS Chief architect Glenn Gore, followed by breakout sessions. Day three was similar, beginning with a keynote by AWS Head of Emerging Technology, Olivier Klein.
Running in parallel to the presentations was the Metropolis of the Future, which comprised exhibits such as Dev Central with live coding stations, immersion workshops, vendor booths and the AWS solution architect platform.
New services were showcased that have the potential to facilitate better value to the AODN’s user base. Artificial Intelligence and data analytics were key themes in this year’s summit. Time will tell how the AODN makes use of these and other services, but AODN users can only benefit as the platform evolves.
- International Ocean Data Exchange (IODE) Steering Group, Meeting, 16-18 April 2018
Marty travelled to Oostende, Belgium to participate in the 2018 meeting of the International Ocean Data Exchange (IODE) Steering Group for the International Quality controlled Ocean Database (IQuOD) from 16 – 18 April 2018.
Marty is a co-leader of the IQuOD task team charged with defining the data format and conventions for the products created by the project. The team is currently seeking input from potential end users of these products to help define the requirements.
IQuOD is a group of experts in oceanography, quality-control, data management and data science. By contributing to this project, the AODN can also benefit from the expertise of the other group members. In particular, we will gain valuable insights into “best practice” quality-control procedures (both automated and manual), and the overall processes and infrastructure required to create such a high-level data product.
- Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)/University of Western Australia (UWA) Collaboration, Meeting, Hobart, 18 April 2018
Xavier Hoenner from the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) met with Jacquomo Monk from IMAS and Tim Langlois from the University of Western Australia (UWA) to discuss the creation of a visualisation tool for the outputs of Global Archive.
- OBIS Data Workshop on animal tagging and tracking data, Belgium, 23-26 April 2018
Xavier travelled to Oostende, Belgium to participate in the 2018 Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Data Workshop on animal tagging and tracking data, from 23 – 26 April 2018. The background for the workshop - OBIS is seeking early adopters of the new data standard OBIS-ENV-DATA from among the marine biodiversity monitoring communities, to further validate the data standard, and develop data products and scientific applications to support the enhancement of Biological and Ecosystem Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) in the framework of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO BON MBON).
Through this workshop, the group worked with some of the major animal tagging and tracking networks such as the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), the Animal Telemetry Network (ATN), the European Tracking Network (ETN) and the Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP) to test the OBIS-ENV-DATA standard through the development of some data products and science applications.
- National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Collaboration, Meeting, Hobart/Canberra, 26 April 2018
Sebastien Mancini, Angus Scheibner and Guillaume Galibert from the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) met with Kelsey Druken from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) to discuss collaboration on the Marine DeVL project funded by ANDS-NECTAR-RDS.
- Helpdesk, Queries, April 2018
Helpdesk for April saw 5 enquiries come in, they included a phone message from a Tasmanian Company attempting to download data through the AODN Portal, our job was made easy when we called back and they had already obtained the data they were looking for from us.
Assistance was provided for deciphering data that was downloaded from the AODN Portal, how to convert values in the file, and if the data was the most appropriate collection for a Dugong study.
We had a request for a password reset for access to one of our systems, and another asking about gaining access to a different system.
Finally, a user couldn’t find data that they thought would most certainly be in the AODN Portal and we guided them towards it. This type of situation is a prime example for the AODN office to gain insight and feedback on usability of the portal. It can often lead to ideas on enhancements for data accessibility in future infrastructure developments.