Many Multifaceted Marinexplore Metadata Multiplying

(Full disclosure to MMI community: I work at Marinexplore.)

OOPS! Ontology Pitfall Scanner!

I just learned about this tool, which I'm finding very useful.


Below are results when applied on some of the ontologies generated with ORR tools. These results will certainly help improve these tools in future versions.


I just came across this nice tool and created the following using the RSS feed from the front page:

Interesting to explore the use of such a visualization tool for vocabularies and mappings in the ORR repository.

NEW Draft Criteria

Good Afternoon All!

Just wanted to update everyone on what we've been up to. Alan and I have collaborated together in revising the Draft Criteria questions. I wanted to post them up and let you all see and get some feedback before I proceed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Have a good weekend!



1. Is this a single vocabulary or a collection of vocabularies?

2a. Does the vocabulary or collection of vocabularies have a governance structure?

A place where we can all critique freely

To All,

Fran, Andy, and I have been brainstorming on my project that I will be working on this summer. Before I progress more into the CMSP Controlled Vocabulary criteria, I have a few questions that I hope can be answered.

The Best Parameter Vocabulary

Let's say I want to find the best vocabulary out there for describing things in the environment that can be observed—variables, parameters, phenomena, observable properties, whatever you might call them. If you are doing earth science on your laptop, these might be the labels you put in the top row of your spreadsheet.

How can I find that best vocabulary for a given domain and situation, like environment science (especially oceanography) observations in an infrastructure project? Shall we try?

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.

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:

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