DeepSense Discovery Session: CIOOS Atlantic

Ocean observation is important to understand how our oceans are changing and predicting how our coasts and fisheries are affected by those changes. Increasing the availability and sharing of ocean science and data ensures Canadians can safely navigate through our coastal waters, maintain our coastal economy, and build resilient coastal infrastructure.

The Government of Canada has invested in the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) to improve coordination and collaboration among the national and international ocean research community. This webinar discusses CIOOS and the importance of open data, plus 1) FAIR principles and the importance of data sharing, 2) CIOOS and its place into this open data landscape, 3) why CIOOS was created and how it works, and 4) the future vision for data platforms and data repositories

Portage Webinar: The Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System

Staff from across the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) provide an overview of CIOOS, explain the benefits for its users and data contributors, and conduct a tour of the Asset Map and Data Catalogue. They then explore the ways that CIOOS contributes to the FAIR data landscape, and highlight some of the anticipated developments to come!

Data Connector Series

The Ocean Data Connector Series with Canada's Ocean Supercluster

The OSC is creating opportunities to grow the ocean economy in new and innovative ways. Collaborations across organizations, sectors and regions create synergies that are essential to addressing ocean challenges, fostering long-term growth, and supporting economic recovery.  A key factor to enable collaboration is the exchange of information. The Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) is a national collaboration to share high-quality data and information, in both English and French, on the state of our coasts and oceans. The ability to discover and access high-quality spatial data underpins sustainable development and an improved understanding of our coasts and oceans that can drive economic innovation. Before organizations can begin making better operational decisions, realizing strong commercial outcomes and building capacity across sectors, they must have the ability to share, manage, access, and visualize data.  CIOOS partnered with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) to offer a Discussion Series to explore how data sharing drives coastal and marine collaboration and innovation.

Session 1. Exploring Data Exchange with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System

This session was held on November 30th, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30pm AST.  The session provided insights from both organizations on approaches to open data and data exchange and how they contribute to coastal and marine collaboration and innovation. Breakout sessions following the presentations focused on exploring barriers and challenges to exchanging sensitive or restricted data that provided insights from a variety of sectors for consideration and discussion. The session 1 summary is available here.

Watch the Interactive Data Spectrum exercise at the link below, where audience members weighed in on the factors that determine their organization’s or company’s approach to data exchange.

Session 2. Innovative Approaches to Data Tools and Applications Using Data Exchange.

This session was held on December 7th, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30pm AST. This session explored ways organizations can discover, access, share, manage and visualize data from multiple sources to support informed operational decision making in marine environments. An interactive panel discussion and follow-on breakouts offered perspectives from a variety of sectors and gave members the opportunity to collectively discuss approaches to key industry challenges that coastal and ocean data exchange can support. The session 2 summary is available here.

Watch this session’s panel discussion at the link below. The panel discussion was moderated by Susan Hunt, Chief Technology Officer with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, this cross-sectoral panel focused on transforming data into information by exploring approaches for using data applications, tools and visualizations to support operational decisions.

Panel Members:

  • Dr. James Munroe, Associate Professor, Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • Dr. Joel Culina, Oceanographer, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) 
  • Julie Angus, CEO, Open Ocean Robotics 
  • Laura Dwyer, R&D Manager, Grieg NL 
  • Terry Bullock, Principal Meteorologist, Wood

Session 3. Solutions and Strategies for Data Exchange

This session was held on December 14th, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30pm AST. The session featured national and international guest speakers who shared their experiences and success stories using data exchange as a powerful tool for driving collaboration and innovation across sectors. Follow-on breakouts continued to build on these talks to explore solutions and strategies for collaboratively continuing this work going forward. The session 3 summary is available here.

This session included three presentations, watch them at the link below.

  • The Nunavut Fishery – The Requirement for Data Collection and Sharing with Brian Burke, Executive Director, Nunavut Fisheries Association
  • Schrödinger’s Data: Why your data is worthless and priceless at the same time with Dr. Mike Smit, Project Lead, CIOOS Atlantic; Associate Professor, Dalhousie School of Information Management
  • A Digital Ocean Transformation with Steven Adler, CEO, Ocean Data Alliance
Indigenous Discussion Series

Exploring Ways to Bring Together Indigenous & Western Knowledge Systems for Coastal and Ocean Observing Discussion Series

In early 2021 CIOOS Atlantic hosted a three-part Discussion Series to learn where CIOOS Atlantic’s goals may align with Indigenous People and organizations and how CIOOS Atlantic could collaborate to advance shared ocean observing goals.

CIOOS Atlantic is committed to engaging meaningfully and respectfully with Indigenous Peoples and organizations in the development of its online data platform. This Series brought together individuals who are stewards of Indigenous data and work with coastal and ocean observations to learn about approaches to maintaining Indigenous control and ownership of digital information, expand networks, and discuss opportunities for collaboratively developing approaches to exchange coastal and ocean data and information.

CIOOS Atlantic produced a Literature Review, Summary, and presentation that look at case studies where Indigenous knowledge was digitized, what factors enabled successful outcomes, and the inherent risks and limitations involved in the digitization of Indigenous knowledge. Explore these resources below:

A summary report that describes all three events in the series is available at the link below:

Watch all three recorded events on the CIOOS Atlantic YouTube Channel, or follow the links below. Recordings have been made available for educational purposes only.

Discussion 1. Elders Gathering, Observing Coasts and Oceans

Discussion 2. Digitizing Indigenous Knowledge: Rights and Data Sharing

Discussion 3. Collaborations