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Open meeting to discuss a Big Data Collaboratory at WHOI

The WHOI "Vision 2030: Ocean Science for the Global Good" includes an Innovation Accelerator to invest in our staff and facilities, with Places (both physical and virtual) to focus on innovation infrastructure. New investment is sought to establish a "collaboratory" for big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

WHOI's Ocean Informatics Working Group hosted a virtual meeting for WHOI staff and students on 26 May 2021 to initiate discussion of this collaboratory.

Link to meeting summary (access with WHOI Google Drive account), which has links to agenda/slides/jamboard.


NSF solicitation: Geoinformatics

Full Proposal Deadline Due August 16, 2021
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) will consider proposals for the development of cyberinfrastructure (CI) for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics). EAR-supported geoinformatics opportunities will fit into three tracks: Catalytic Track, Facility Track, and Sustainability Track. Award size will be variable with the amount depending on the quality of proposals, the amount of funding available, and the need for the proposed tools, software, and/or databases for the geoscience community(ies) to be served. It is anticipated that proposals over a wide spectrum of amounts will be entertained, from low-cost, single-investigator proposals to large, multi-investigator/institutional proposals.

[Link to solicitation NSF 21-583]


NSF Dear Colleague Letters:

Pilot Projects to Integrate Existing Data and Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure to Enable Community-level Discovery Pathways

  • February 2, 2021: NSF encourages proposals to the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program within the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for pilot projects that bring together researchers and CI experts to develop the means of combining existing community data resources and shared data-focused CI into new integrative and highly performing data-intensive discovery workflows that empower new scientific pathways. [Link to DCL]

Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research

  • January, 27 2021: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourages submission of proposals that leverage existing data, physical samples, and non-physical samples (e.g., films, recordings, etc.), as well as those that facilitate the reuse of existing data. [Link to DCL]

Research Coordination and Planning Opportunities for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • November 19, 2020: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) encourages the submission of proposals for workshops, Research Coordination Networks (RCN), and other planning activities, including Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals, in Geosciences-themed research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). [Link to DCL]


Congratulations to WHOI's new Carpentries instructors

Thanks to a Technical Staff Training Award, six WHOI staff and students became Carpentries instructors in 2020! Congratulations to Brett Longworth in G&G and Karen Soenen and Amber York in Biology! And to JP students Craig McLean in MCG and Stewart Jamieson and Arianna Krinos in Biology! We presented a poster at the AGU Fall Meeting for our 2020 workshops. Thanks to another Tech Staff Training Award, we'll have more workshops in 2021 - check the Events tab or contact for more info.


WHOI Data Science Office Hour and Slack

In collaboration with IS App Dev and WHOI Data Library, we are hosting a WHOI Data Science Office Hour on Thursdays between 11am and noon. Please consult the IS App Dev webpage (internal VPN only) for the link to join the Office Hour. Our Slack workspace whoi-datascience is open to WHOI staff and students. Please contact if you'd like to join.

We also compiled a list of opportunities online to learn data science and coding skills (Python, R, GitHub, and more).


WHOI's Cloud Computing Survey

In December 2019 WHOI DDVPR’s Ocean Informatics Working Group (OIWG), in collaboration with WHOI Information Services (IS), conducted a survey to learn how WHOI scientific and technical staff, postdocs, and students are interested in using cloud computing services for research and engineering. Please contact Stace Beaulieu, OIWG coordinator, or Roberta Mazzoli, XSEDE Campus Champion @ IS, if you are interested in the results or have questions/comments. WHOI IS in collaboration with the OIWG will continue to examine the pros and cons of cloud computing services as part of WHOI’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan and Cloud Strategy, both in development.

WHOI's Data Science Training Camp
Figure from "Enabling long-term oceanographic research: Changing data practices, information management strategies and informatics" (Baker and Chandler, 2008,