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Polar Literacy Principles for Science Communication

This week was #ScienceLiteracyWeek in Canada, and as part of the campaign, the Arctic Relations blog asked Janice McDonnell, Ocean Data Labs Project PI, to share her thoughts on developing and Using the Polar Literacy Principles in Science Communication. We encourage you to check out her thoughts on the Arctic Relations website. And if you […]

Data Labs Tutorial at WHOI

Today I had the opportunity to virtually present an introduction to the Ocean Data Labs project, along with a short tutorial on working with OOI Profiler data to the WHOI Ocean Informatics Working Group. We had over 40 participants attend, including undergraduate students, faculty and career scientists. (Oh, and Tropical Storm Isaias was barreling down […]


Waves Across the Pacific

We spend a lot of time talking about the wonders and potential of the Ocean Observatories Initiative during our Data Labs workshops.  After all, the OOI includes a large collection of standard and cutting-edge instruments that allow us to monitor the ocean like never before.  High-resolution, realtime data, along with the OOI’s comprehensive ability measure bio-geo-chemical-physical interactions […]

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Show Your Stripes

About a year ago, I ran across the cool new site for the #ShowYourStripes campaign. On the site, you can download a customized climate anomaly graph for any country or state.  Spoiler alert: they’re all trending from blue towards red as the global climate warms, but there is quite a bit of variability from place to […]

June 2020 Community News

In this issue: Data Labs Summer Update Ready to Use Datasets for Educational Activities NSF Letter on Data Proposals Virtual OceanHackWeek 2020 Data Labs Summer Update It’s been a while since our last note, but like all of you, we’ve been busy! Over the past 3 months, the Data Labs team, in partnership with Rutgers RIOS […]

Summer Weekend Reads

It’s officially summer, and that means it’s time for some summer weekend reading! Here are a few suggestions that popped up in my inbox and blog feed over the past few weeks.  The topics range from undergraduate research to ocean data, visualization and the OOI – all things I know our community loves to learn […]

Data Labs at the OOI Facilities Board

Earlier this month, Janice and I presented an update on the Data Labs project to the OOI Facilities Board during their (virtual) spring meeting. It’s always nice to have an opportunity to reflect on your accomplishments. It’s been almost 2 years since we began this 2-year project (now stretched to 3), and it’s been an […]

Identifying Dataset Sample Rates

Today’s example is rather simple, but it answers a common question I’ve heard… What is the sample rate of my dataset? For many ocean observatory datasets, the rates are usually pretty well defined and constant in time. For example, most NDBC offshore buoys are sampled hourly, while CMAN and NOS Water Level stations record every […]

Merging Datasets For the Win (and export)

If you find yourself with multiple datasets that you need to analyze or plot together, you will probably need to merge them. A merged dataset is handy because all of the data points line up with the same index or timestamp, which allows you to quickly compare variables, calculate correlations or create scatterplots. Because OOI […]

Access the Ocean with OOI

Have you been looking for a good (and quick) video introduction of the OOI to show your students? In case you haven’t seen this video yet, it’s a nice option to consider. This video, Access the Ocean, was produced back in the fall of 2018 by the Consortium of Ocean Leadership, as one of their […]

Data requests the easy way with the OOI API

Welcome back to Python Tuesday! The OOI dataset is not exactly the easiest dataset to work with. But a significant reason for this is that the dataset contains over a thousand individual instruments in the system and 36 different instrument types (and that’s not even counting engineering data streams). So no system with such a […]