Jobs on OOI Cyberinfrastructure project

OK, so it doesn't take long to make the point here: I think this OOI Cyberinfrastructure is a cool project, and if you're a sophisticated data management or cyberinfrastructure person, you probably will too. This is your classic 'rich metadata' environment.

There are a significant number of new positions, and the hiring pace is picking up now. So if this might be the thing for you, get in gear and apply already. Help this leading-edge project be successful!

good user interfaces: a computer generated voice call I liked

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I got a computer-generated phone call that I actually enjoyed. Well, in a wonky sort of way.

My health care provider put a very solicitous recorded voice on the line, asking if they could communicate with me about their services. All I had to do was say yes or no, so I played along. They asked a few "how do you like what we're doing" questions, slipped in a reminder about being able to change my doctor any time, pointed me to a web site for some other information (and offered to send me a link to it!), and finally provided a health tip.

The Good Enough Data System

I was describing good future data practices to a panel considering ocean science needs for 2030, and was asked a good question after the talk: What are the qualities of a 'good' data system?

Hopefully our Guides on MMI give some ideas about that question, but the Guides are really focused on metadata. And they don't put it all in a neat summary.

So here are my proposals for what makes a good data system, with suitable weasel words for the wide array of projects that need data systems.

On Versions


Without having extensively surveyed the literature, these are some thoughts I've put together (as part of my OOI Cyberinfrastructure job) on what it means to talk about a data product version. Your comments are appreciated.

In this document, I call a Version a form of relationship in which one thing is the same as another in some conceptual sense, but has differences as the result of other attributes not being the same. To be specific:

Summer Internships with DataONE available

DataONE invites applications for summer research internships for
undergraduates, graduate students and postgraduate (MS, PhD) students.
As part of a larger virtual organization, interns will work in virtual
groups of 2-3 with multiple mentors from DataONE, and are not expected
to be at the same location or institution as the mentors and other team
members.  Regular communication (including videoconference) with
mentors and other team members will

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Periodic TableFor those of you seeing this on the front page of MMI: I'm using this post to call attention to MMI blogs. If you're a member you can blog about metadata things on MMI. Ask us if you need help!

This Periodic Table of Visualization Methods is either not at all about metadata, or all about it. It sure is all about interoperability! The table has a remarkable amount of depth, even after you have discovered that mousing over an entry brings up an example of the corresponding visualization.

The Intersection of Humans and the Web


Ever wonder where we're headed, with all this new technology, and ever-more-complex development?  Check out "From linking to thinking: How we'll live when information surrounds us"

Nice example of data provenance

MBARI has done something I consider impressive in the scientific data management realm, and I want to toot their horn a little, so a blog entry seemed good for that. (Disclosure: I was hired in part to start up the project discussed below, and have gotten to claim part of its success despite contributing relatively little to it technically over the years.)


Being a collection of quotes relevant to the world of metadata and MMI.

"The web took off because the opportunity cost of not being on it reached a critical level of palpability." —Kingsley Idehen, 2009.07.10 email on semweb mail list 

West Coast Coastal Atlas Workshop

On April 23 to 24, 2009, a West Coast Coastal Atlas Workshop was hosted by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the NOAA Coastal Services Center at the NOAA Western Regional Center in Seattle, Washington, USA. The workshop brought together, for the very first time, over 30 participants from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California to discuss coastal atlas interoperability issues.


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