Monthly Archives: September 2014

West Coast Ocean Data Network – Deadline for travel stipend Oct. 1

The deadline to apply for travel funds to attend the West Coast Ocean Data Network meeting Nov. 3-4 in Costa Mesa, CA in just days away. Register before Oct. 1 to remain eligible for a travel stipend to support your attendance. This meeting is a great chance to connect with your ocean data colleagues, learn and engage with the development of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal, and get great training on publishing metadata and web mapping services. It will be a blast and we Continue reading →

[Working Groups] Data Call – Sept. 25, 2014

The Data Working Group met to discuss and provide feedback on the organization and functionality of the existing layers in the data viewer prototype. There were a number of issues that came up related to layer cartography, non-functioning layers (whoops!), and organization in the table of contents. The development team working with Point97 will be addressing some of these issues over the next couple weeks as we prepare for our launch in November. The Data Working Group also discussed providing input on how a new Continue reading →

[Working Groups] Outreach Call – Sept. 25, 2014

The Outreach Working Group met to discuss the data viewer UI and integration with the existing Portal website. We developed a few “debris stories” that could be shared with the Marine Debris Use Case team as we prepare to launch the data viewer and conduct outreach abotu the utility of the tool. In the context, of marine debris, stories about the impact of tsunami debris, effectiveness of bag bans, debris concentrations, and cleanup gaps all were interesting and engaging ways to portray the data. The Continue reading →

West Coast Ocean Data Network Meeting Nov. 3-4, 2014 – Register Today!

The West Coast Ocean Data Network meeting is coming up Nov. 3-4 in Costa Mesa, CA! The meeting is a great chance to learn about the West Coast Ocean Data Portal, meet colleagues and build community, participate in technical trainings on data sharing technology and best practices, and chart a path forward. You can read the agenda here. Please register for the meeting by Oct.1 to apply for a travel stipend. You can register at We hope to see you there!

[News and Events] West Coast Ocean Data Network Meeting – Nov. 3-4, 2014

The 3rd West Coast Ocean Data Network meeting is coming up! Our annual meeting is a great chance to meet colleagues and nerd out on ocean data related topics. This year we will be conducting trainings and demos, discussing recent enhancements to the WCODP, and charting our path forward for the coming year. Visit to register and, if needed, apply for travel assistance. The deadline for applicants looking for travel assistance is Oct. 1st. Registration will close Oct. 30th. We hope to see you Continue reading →

[News and Events] WCODP Launches New Communication Tools

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal team is pleased to announce the launch of a communication platform for the WCODN ( This enhancement will provide our community a new way to engage in Portal development, connect with one another, and stay up to date on news and events. We are actively soliciting contributions from Network partners for user stories, news and events you would like to highlight, and contributor profiles – Let us know if you have a story to tell! Please visit the site, Continue reading →

[WCODP ACT] Monthly Call – Sept. 2, 2014

The ACT covered a lot of ground and highlighted a number of areas where we can use feedback on the data viewer, network meeting, and technical assistance project. The group will be reviewing aspects of the data viewer including planned integration with the WCODP, data layers and themes, and performance. The ACT is also gearing up for the Network meeting Nov. 3-4, 2014 and soliciting interest in providing partner updates and training sessions. The ACT will be meeting with our contractor, SoundGIS, to discuss the project partners Continue reading →

[Working Groups] Data Call – Aug. 28, 2014

The Data Working group met to discuss the launch of the data visualization tool. Working group members discussed ways to provide feedback on the data layers and organization with in the viewer. They will be exploring and testing the tool over the next week as the development team gathers information and feedback for the last round of improvements. You can read call notes here. Working group members were also encouraged to register for the upcoming West Coast Ocean Data Network meeting Nov. 3-4, 2o14 in Continue reading →