Workshop Announcement: NSF EarthCube Workshop for Ocean Time Series Data, September 13-15, 2019 (Univ. Hawai’i)
Rationale: Data synthesis and modeling efforts across ocean time-series represents an important and necessary step forward in broadening our view of a changing ocean and improving our return on investment in ocean time-series. Despite the advances achieved over the past decade, significant barriers remain that hinder work across time-series, including issues related to data access, discoverability, and metadata reporting. Furthermore, incorporation of ocean time series data into ocean and earth system models is currently limited due to the lack of a standardized data format and user interface.
Scope and Goals: To begin addressing this problem, the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program (us-ocb.org) is convening a small workshop with funding from NSF EarthCube in September 2019 (in conjunction with OceanObs19). The objective of the workshop is to conduct a gap analysis to identify missing data infrastructure that would increase time series data availability and use. This workshop will provide a much-needed forum for discussion of key issues and barriers surrounding data discovery, access, and interoperability. Participants will strategize a path forward on the development of a common framework for shipboard ocean time series data and metadata reporting, and data management resources.
The overarching objective of this workshop is to move the shipboard ocean time series community toward a Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (“FAIR”) model. Topics of discussion will include (but are not limited to) the following ocean time series cyber-infrastructure challenges:
Establishing a common data model for reporting core time series variables (e.g., definitions, vocabulary, units, precision, associated errors, etc.)
Establishing standardized metadata reporting guidelines and required fields to facilitate data discovery and re-use
Improving interoperability among different databases/portals
Mechanisms to streamline and simplify data submission to oceanographic data management entities (e.g., automation of the time-series data acquisition/upload process)
Vision and framework for a dedicated time-series data interface that also includes user-friendly visualization and computation options
Meeting the needs of a broader range of users for data synthesis and information products emerging from ocean time-series
Application of unique identifiers (such as DOIs) to data sets to enable citation and crediting of data providers
This workshop will be limited to ~30-40 people to ensure productive discussions that help us accomplish these goals. If you are interested in contributing to this workshop, please apply here by July 15.
Do you generate, use, or manage ocean time series data? In preparation for this workshop, we have developed a short survey to better understand the data challenges and needs of the ocean time series community. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will help shape future cyber-infrastructure for ocean time series.