The OOI Ocean Data Lab Project

The National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is advancing our ability to understand the natural world by collecting large quantities of data to address complex oceanographic processes. This expanded access to data also provides professors in the geosciences with new opportunities to engage undergraduate students in authentic data experiences using real-world data sets to teach geoscience processes.

However, students struggle to work with data based on their limited experience and exposure to different data types and sources. Also, supporting students in engaging with the data can be challenging for professors too, as there is a lack of adequate tools to easily digest and manipulate large data sets for in-class learning experiences.

Therefore, the OOI Ocean Data Lab Project (formerly called Data Explorations), with funding from NSF, is developing, testing, refining, and disseminating easy to use, interactive Data Explorations and Data Lab Notebooks that will allow undergraduates to use authentic data in accessible ways while being easy for professors to integrate into their teaching.

Recent Blog Posts


Modeling Seasonal Data

Welcome to Python P-Tuesday! In this new series of posts, I hope to bring you a number of Python examples that can help you and your students learn some of the ins-and-outs of using Python for Oceanographic data analysis, especially when…
OSM20 Data Lab Workshop table group

March 2020 Community News

In this issue: Spring Webinars - Register Now Ocean Sciences 2020 - Recap and Resources New Video: Data as a Tool Implementation Stipends Available OOI Data Labs+ Webinar Spring Series Continues We hope you have benefited…
Participants at our 2020 Ocean Sciences Data Labs workshop.

Ocean Sciences 2020 Recap

Last week, the Data Labs team and many members of our growing community attended the 2020 Ocean Sciences meeting in San Diego. If you haven’t had a chance to go, Ocean Sciences is a meeting that's jam packed with thousands of science…
Ocean Sciences 2020 Logo

Ocean Sciences 2020

Will you be attending Ocean Sciences in San Diego this year? If so, we hope you'll check out the following talks and posters by OOI Data Labs community members. All of these feature Data Explorations developed as part of the Data Labs project,…
January 2020 Data Labs Notebook Workshop Participants

February 2020 Community Newsletter

In this issue: Spring Webinars Begin February 6th Ocean Sciences Meeting - Workshop and Session Updates OOI Data Labs Online Lab Manual in development OOI Data Labs+ Webinars: Spring Series begins on February 6th Our 2019-2020…
Data Lab workshop participants at Western Washington University.

December 2019 Community Newsletter

Ocean Sciences Workshop Announced Data Labs: Using OOI Data to Engage Students in Oceanography Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:30am - 4:00pm We will be at Ocean Sciences 2020 in San Diego to present another NSF-sponsored workshop on the…