The WCODP ACT is the steering committee that is guiding the development and progress of the WCODP as well as providing a point of connection back to the WCGA Executive Committee. The group met today to make decisions about a new funding opportunity, provide feedback on new Network communication tools, and discuss ongoing grant work. The group decided that among the many different projects we could support with new funding, the most important work to fund is the development of regional data products that would be Continue reading →
The Outreach working group met to discuss current and future planned outreach events and opportunities as well as provide feedback on the development of communication tools for the West Coast Ocean Data Network. At the Network meeting in November 2013, members identified the need to have some public facing forum to connect and communicate with eachother, share ideas and best practices, document Portal activity and progress, and list upcoming events and opportunities for engagement. You can read the Network meeting summary here. After discussions with Continue reading →
Since the launch of the WCODP in January, which focused mostly on state generated data, we have been working to include additional federal and university sources. Over the last two months we have included about 50 new records from the National Ocean Service, Coastal Services Center, Coral Reef Information System, MPA Center, and U.S Geological Survey. Additionally, we have also added some cool seafloor mapping data from California State University, Monterey Bay. You can check all of it out at http://portal.westcoastoceans.org/discover/ (under Sources). We will be working Continue reading →
The Data Working Group met last week to discuss recent additions to the West Coast Ocean Data Portal including new data sources from NOAA, USGS, Cal State University Monterey Bay, and Oregon Spatial Data Library. The working group also discussed the process of QAQC for new entries in the Portal. This involves data providers reviewing their data in the WCODP and verifying its accuracy and content. Additionally, as we prepare for the launch of our data viewer in Summer, working group members are busy developing web services and Continue reading →
Tanya has been working with the Oregon Coastal Management Program since 2006. She oversees the Oregon Coastal Atlas and assists local governments and other state agencies with coastal program data and services. Tanya has been active in the International Coastal Atlas Community and since 2011 has been a member of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal Action Coordination Team. In addition to serving on the ACT, Tanya has played a big role in the IT Working Group, which she now serves as leader of. In Continue reading →
As of last week we have successfully integrated about 20 records from the Oregon Spatial Data Library describing biological and ecological resources off the Oregon coast. This work was initiated as part of a FDGC CAP funding grant to the Oregon Coastal Management Program and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The data is documented using FGDC metadata and includes web service links for many datasets. Explore the data at http://portal.westcoastoceans.org/discover/.
The IT Working Group met to discuss broad issues related to the Portal architecture and how components like the proposed member directory, blog, and calendar would integrate into the current structure. We determined that in terms of desired plugins (directory, calendar), ease of use, and ease of setup/maintenance, we would initially test WordPress. The preliminary site should be ready by mid march. You can read the meeting notes here: http://www.westcoastoceans.org/media/Data_Network_ACT/Meeting_Notes/WCODP_IT_WG_Call_Feb.pdf
A free webinar “Introduction to Geospatial Metadata” presents the concept, principles, and value of metadata utilizing the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) metadata (http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/metadata-standards/metadata-training). It provides the content and structure of the IS0 191** series metadata in detail, along with methods for writing quality metadata. This online training series consists of eight weekly sessions. Each session will last approximately one hour. Dates: Thursdays, January 16 – March 6, 2014. Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CST), register via https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/209432281.