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Opportunities online to learn Python, R, GitHub, and more

We compiled this list to help WHOI staff and students discover opportunities online to learn data science and coding skills (Python, R, GitHub, and more):

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WHOI staff and students training as Carpentries instructors

Thanks to a Technical Staff Training Award, several WHOI staff and students are training as 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 Blake Cole in AOPE! We will be planning several Software Carpentry Workshops this year. Check the Events tab or contact for more info.


2020 Spring ESIP Lab Request for Proposals

Projects should last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000. The ESIP Lab can provide AWS cloud services for your project up to $5k (these costs would NOT need to be included in your $10k maximum budget).

Proposals may be submitted up to July 1, 2020.

Proposals that address the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:

  • Modernization of Earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for Earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing Earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.
  • Linked open data techniques and methods, particularly harmonization of disparate information about the same identified objects and entities.


New funding opportunity: National Geographic AI for Earth Innovation

New funding opportunity for proposals up to $100,000:

Deadline July 22, 2020

"The National Geographic Society and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, understand, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural resources for a more sustainable future."

Topics are listed under Biodiversity and Climate Change; technologies mentioned in the solicitation include "satellite imaging, bioacoustic monitoring, environmental DNA, and genomics."

Requirements include "Develop and deploy their solutions on Microsoft Azure."


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,