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WHOI Data Science Slack, office hour, and monthly Data Science Cafe at AVAST

Got questions about data or coding? Want to discuss a topic related to data science? The whoi-datascience Slack is always open to WHOI staff and students. Throughout 2023 we will host a weekly office hour on Fridays at 10am through a Slack channel and monthly on the 3rd Friday a Data Science Cafe at the AVAST Social Hub. You can find a Slack invitation and Zoom link on the IS App Dev webpage (internal/VPN). Sponsored by WHOI's Ocean Informatics Working Group, IS App Dev, and Data Library & Archives. Please contact or for more information.


Solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters:

NSF Geosciences Open Science Ecosystem (GEO OSE) program

  • [Link to Solicitation] Proposals due March 16, 2023: This Geosciences Open Science Ecosystem (GEO OSE) solicitation seeks to support sustainable and networked open science activities and capabilities that foster inclusive access to data, physical collections, software, advanced computing, and other resources toward advancing research and education in the geosciences. The purpose of this support is to broadly enable geoscientists to leverage expanding information resources and computing capabilities to address interdisciplinary grand challenge research questions at the forefront of the geosciences.

NASA F.15 High Priority Open-Source Science (HPOSS)

  • [Visit the NSPIRES page for more details] Proposals due March 29, 2023: NASA’s Open-Source Science Initiative (OSSI) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity under ROSES-2022, F.15 High Priority Open-Source Science (HPOSS). This program will provide funding for innovative work that supports the goals of the OSSI, including making science more accessible, inclusive, and reproducible. Proposals must be for new work to develop technology that will support open-source science, which may include the development of data formats, software, frameworks, or libraries.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Open Polar Research Software

  • [Link to DCL] February 8, 2023: "...this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is designed to encourage the sustainable development and use of open source software, tools, libraries, and frameworks that are critical for OPP scientific objectives. OPP encourages submission of new proposals and supplemental funding requests which support the opening, documenting, and sharing of open polar research software/code."

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Research in the Geosciences Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

  • [Link to DCL] January 20, 2023: "To promote research that benefits from AI/ML and reduces barriers to its use in the geosciences, GEO welcomes proposals incorporating AI/ML methods across its broad range of programs. The geosciences collectively refers to the research supported in the Divisions of Atmosphere and Geospace (AGS), Earth (EAR), and Ocean (OCE) Sciences, and in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Proposals in response to this DCL must advance core geosciences program goals and use AI/ML methods toward addressing scientific problems."

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Reproducibility and Replicability in Science

  • [Link to DCL] October 25, 2022: Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), NSF reaffirms its commitment to advancing reproducibility and replicability in science. NSF is particularly interested in proposals addressing one or more of the following topics:
    1. Advancing the science of reproducibility and replicability.
    2. Research infrastructure for reproducibility and replicability.
    3. Educational efforts to build a scientific culture that supports reproducibility and replicability.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Ocean Technical Workforce Education

  • [Link to DCL] March 14, 2022: Development of new instrumentation, maintenance of equipment related to ocean observing systems, and data management efforts to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data and the analysis of large data sets generated by these systems all require a workforce with specialized training in ocean sciences, engineering, manufacturing, and data science. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encourages proposals within two categories: 1) Curriculum Development proposals and 2) Student Engagement proposals. The goal of the DCL is to expand technical capacity in the U.S. workforce in high-technology fields through training programs that educate the next generation of ocean technicians, data scientists, ocean engineers, and ocean scientists.


Open meeting to discuss a Big Data Collaboratory at WHOI

WHOI's "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 in 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.


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,