- Topics in Australian Marine Science (TAMS), Workshop, 01 March 2018
TAMS is the core subject in the Master of Marine Science and Management programme that is taught at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Project Officer, Marty Hidas, introduced 30 students to the AODN Portal, how to search, access and display and download data. The interaction provides a great opportunity to gain insight from new users of the AODN Portal and utilise feedback in guiding future development.
- South African Earth Observation Network (SAEON), Meeting, 01 March 2018
Roger Proctor, Peter Blain and Sebastien Mancini of the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) met with Tommy Bornman and Tim Parker-Nance from the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) to discuss ways in which AODN may assist SAEON in delivery of its data collections. SAEON is at an early stage of development and looking for advice on how best to establish FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable) data collections. Tommy and Tim went home to South Africa with plenty to think about!
- Introduction to the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), IMAS Honours and Masters Students, Presentation, 09 March 2018
Sebastien Mancini gave an introduction of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) to 10 IMAS honours and Masters students.
The presentation included a brief history of Ocean Observing System, a summary of all the different IMOS facilities and associated platforms and an overview of the AODN Portal to access all the IMOS data.
- Department of Primary Industries (New South Wales), Meeting, 15 March 2018
Roger Proctor, Sebastien Mancini and Natalia Atkins of the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) met with staff from the Department of Primary Industries (NSW) to discuss the delivery of metadata to the AODN. The department is wanting to improve metadata production and dataset documentation within the department, and will be setting up an internal Project Management System (ZOOM), which they will use to export metadata to the AODN. The AODN will work with staff from the department to ensure that the new system is compatible with the AODN.
- Helpdesk, Queries, March 2018
The IMOS OceanCurrent users in March were keen to know of the forecast for the Port to Pub race which takes place in the Rottnest Channel, Western Australia so we were contacted regarding when the swim optimizer would be released, based on the forecast it didn’t look like it was going to be pleasant and it was in fact cancelled on the day! OceanCurrent users also requested an explanation on the down-welling off Eden NSW, we forwarded this on to our OceanCurrent contact for assistance.
Other enquiries were how to correctly acknowledge data being used in research publications as well as requests for SST data in Port Philip Bay and also climate data in the Red Sea. The Red Sea certainly is not within our jurisdiction however we always help where we can and our Director, Roger Proctor was able to offer a couple of suggestions.
There was also a case of mistaken missing data! We had an enquiry regarding a possible server breakdown where it appeared there was no data for some SST plots being uploaded however the real cause was just lots of cloud for a few days!
Finally we had a familiar name pop up in our email this month, an associate in Scotland that first contacted us in 2014 regarding some raw files that are not publicly accessible nor small for that matter so in 2014 and then again in 2017 we copied the data on to an external drive shipped between our associate and back again. This year a colleague of his was actually visiting nearby and was able to deliver and collect the data for our associate!