Data graph showing NDBC Station 44025 air/sea temps and wind speed

Introduction to Python – Part 2

Teaching students how to visualize ocean data is a challenge. But before you get into cognitive theory, choosing colors, or the the principles of (good) visualization design, you really just need to get your students' feet wet plotting some…
A screenshot of a binder notebook, sowing a graph of a CTD profile.
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How to Share and Run Python Notebooks

Python notebooks are a wonderful tool for sharing and collaborating on code. Built on the open-source backbone of the Python programming language, JupyterLab notebooks (their formal name) allow you to include code, text, formulas and images…
Timeseries plot of ocean and air temperatures at NDBC Station 44025 off the coast of NJ.
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Introduction to Python – Part 1

We now live in an ocean of data. And of course, that is literally true for those of us who study the ocean. We've come a long way from the early days of oceanography, when scientists like Nansen, Ekman, and Bjerknes might collect a…
Wave-carved Iceberg, Western Antarctic Peninsula

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…
Autumn tree on Cook Campus, taken by Sage Lichtenwalner

September 2020 Community News

In this issue: Fall 2020 Webinars will explore NEW resources - Register now Resource of the Month - Data as a Tool Implementation Stipends - Opportunity ends soon OOI Data Labs+ Fall 2020 Webinar Series We're pleased to…
Temperature profiles from 2 Pioneer Array Profilers, showing data from May 2019.

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…
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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…
Warming Stripes for the Globe and NJ
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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…
Data Labs and RIOS virtual REU students hold signs saying We Love Research

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…
The Rutgers University Inn patio

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…
A collage of 4 data nugget graphs.
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Data Nuggets – Ready to Use Datasets for Educational Activities

A new resource of curated OOI datasets is now available! Check out our new collection of OOI Data Nuggets! OOI Data Nuggets are exemplary datasets curated from data collected by the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories…

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…