- Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Visit, 2nd June 2017
Sebastien Mancini (AODN) met with Johnathan Kool (GA) to explore ways to enable the integration of Geoscience Australia datasets into the AODN portal.
The following topics were discussed during the meeting:
- Review of Geoscience Australia organisational chart,
- Overview of different datasets to be contributed (e.g.: marine sediments, bathymetry, backscatter, underwater imagery, sediment predictions, geomorphology …),
- Summary of current progress to improve data workflow in order to deliver most GA data using web services,
- GA experience dealing with industry data,
- Update on the National bathymetry coordination group, and
- Review of current AODN information infrastructure, its strength and limitations.
- IMOS Mooring Facility QA, QC & Product Summit 2017, 5-9 June
Guillaume Galibert and Marty Hidas took part in the IMOS Mooring Facility QA, QC & Product Summit which was held in Adelaide and hosted by SARDI. This QC summit is held every year to gather the different key technicians and researchers involved in the IMOS Mooring Facility across different institutions so that they can share their difficulties and best practices in terms of QA/QC. This year, a new "Product" topic was introduced to talk about higher level products created from the instrument data files. The first two days were focusing on CTD casts and biogeochemical water sample analysis, the third day on CTD and bio-optical sensors mooring timeseries, the fourth day on moored ADCPs, and the last day on products creation.
- SOOS Data Management Sub-Committee Meeting, 13-15 June, Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven, Germany
The focus of the Data Management Sub-Committee (DMSC) is two-fold – to discover and provide access to as many Southern Ocean observations as possible, and to provide tools to enable better coordination of future observing programs. The DMSC reports to the SOOS Scientific Steering Committee and provides regular updates on data access and products supporting SOOS Objectives (http://soos.aq/about-us/mission). As one of 20 members of the DMSC the AODN Director participated in this 3-day meeting, which included a half-day meeting with the Steering Committee.
The main topics discussed at the meeting included a new tool for coordination planning, “DueSouth”, developed by the Australian Antarctic Data Centre; the need for a federated search tool to complement the SOOS GCMD catalog; a requirement for a web map service “SOOSMap” to display locations of observations, possibly hosted by EMODNet or JCOMMOPS; and options for historical data recovery and cleaning.
- 4th International Conference on Fish Telemetry (ICFT), Cairns, 17-23 June 2017
Xavier Hoenner (Australian Ocean Data Network, AODN) attended the annual Acoustic Tracking workshop organised by IMOS’ Animal Tracking Facility. During this workshop he presented the work done on developing a quality control algorithm for the acoustic tracking database, https://animaltracking.aodn.org.au/. He subsequently also delivered a similar presentation to attendees of the 4th ICFT as part of a speed talk session. This conference is a key symposium for researchers, vendors, and data providers involved in animal telemetry, with international representatives from the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS), the European Telemetry Network (ETN), and the South African Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP). Finally, Xavier, who has been involved in developing a telemetry data sharing standard for the past two years, gave an update to the working group on the recent collaboration established during his visit to Barbara Block’s lab (US Integrated Ocean Observing System – Animal Tracking Network), including a new database schema able to host acoustic, archival, and satellite telemetry data.