The ability to find, access, and visualize data is critical to many kinds of oceanographic research, as well as to teaching oceanography. Yet ocean data, when available, is held in multiple data facilities, in different formats, and is accessible through different pathways. This creates practical problems with integrating and working across different data sets. The SeaView project is building connections between the rich data resources in five major oceanographic data facilities - R2R, BCO-DMO, CCHDO, OBIS and OOI - creating a federated collection of data sets that are organized around common scientific themes and published online. SeaView has 3 complementary goals:
- Supporting Scientists. Reformatting data for a scientist’s tool of choice can be a barrier and a time sink. Existing ocean data repositories provide data in different format options, such that bringing data together from multiple repositories into a single analysis or visualization environment requires reformatting. Furthermore, finding data of interest across multiple repositories can be challenging or time consuming, particularly when the data of interest is not easily defined by the search facets commonly supported by data portals.
- Strengthening Repositories. Fully integrating data from multiple repositories is more than reformatting data. Incompatibilities and challenges, often unexpected ones, are found during the SeaView work. These inform repository improvements, and sometimes highlight areas needing new research. SeaView is helping the ocean data repositories align their data and processes and make their ocean data more integrable and accessible overall.
- Informing EarthCube. SeaView’s experience as interoperability demonstration can inform the overall EarthCube architecture and design effort: SeaView is a microcosm of the larger EarthCube effort, and lessons learned at this scale will improve EarthCube planning.
SeaView Data Collections Now Available!
SeaView has released its first integrated thematic data collections, based around the OOI Pioneer Array, the Hawaii Ocean Timeseries station, and the Bermuda Atlantic Time Series. Access to both ODV and NetCDF versions of the collections are available through the SeaView data access webpage at seaviewdata.org.
Learn More About SeaView
AGU December 2017 Poster: Lessons Learned from Integrating Across Repositories
Video overview of SeaView for scientists
EOS article about SeaView: Unifying Ocean Data into One Searchable Set
Poster at EarthCube All-Hands Meeting June 2017, Seattle.
Poster at AGU December 2016, San Francisco
End user scientist workshop on data priorities and science scenarios. February 2016,New Orleans.
Use cases developed by workshop participants
The SeaView Team
- Karen Stocks, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Steve Diggs, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Bob Arko, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
- Danie Kinkade, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- Adam Shepherd, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution