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Noon seminar - Earth scientist: You have a parameter problem

Monday, October 11, 2010, 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Chris Jenkins



ARC 620

INSTAAR probably produces scientific data for hundreds of parameters each week. The Ocean Drilling Program has data for over 100,000 parameters. This is a great problem for scientists to navigate through, especially if they are from another science and want to be inter-disciplinary--to work at a boundary. The expertise and vocabulary needed to find data in the Parameter maze effectively locks out researchers from adjacent fields.

A new project at INSTAAR is exploring database, linked data, visual interactive, and semantic tools to rationalize this situation, and to open our data to (i) new technologies, (ii) curiosity at large, (iii) new generations of scientists. This talk will address these issues in geophysics, biogeochemistry, sediments, and will show some new approaches that draw inspiration from commerce.