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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.

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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!

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The Ocean Data Connector Series with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

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.

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. 

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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.

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. 

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.

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

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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:

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

Discussion 1. Elders Gathering, Observing Coasts and Oceans

Guest speakers:

  • Catherine Martin, Director of Indigenous Community Engagement, Dalhousie University
  • Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall
  • Maliseet Elder Edward Perley

Discussion 2. Digitizing Indigenous Knowledge: Rights and Data Sharing

Guest speakers discussed the legal, ethical and value considerations that surround digitizing and sharing Indigenous knowledge and data. Guest speakers shared their own experiences with initiatives that have digitized Indigenous Knowledge and the approaches used to maintain Indigenous ownership and control.

Guest speakers:

  • Stephanie Russo Carroll, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Public Health and Associate Director for the Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona
  • Christine McCrae, Executive Director, Native Land Digital (Native-Land.ca)
  • Joel Heath, Executive Director, Arctic Eider Society (arcticeider.com; siku.org)
  • Ken Paul, Fisheries Negotiations and Research, Wolastoqey Nation of New Brunswick

Discussion 3. Collaborations

Guest presenters shared regional, national and international success stories about coastal and ocean knowledge and data collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations.

Guest speakers:

  • Pieter Romer, Indigenous Community Liaison, Ocean Networks Canada.
  • Dr. Jane Anderson, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University, Co-Director, ENRICH, Equity for Indigenous Research and Innovation – Coordinating Hub
  • Maui Hudson, Director, Associate Professor, Te Mata Punenga o Te Kotahi (Te Kotahi Research Institute), Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato (The University of Waikato); Co-Director, ENRICH, Equity for Indigenous Research and Innovation – Coordinating Hub.
  • Apoqnmatulti’k (Mi’kmaw: “we help each other”), Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, Marine Institute of Natural and Academic Science, Ocean Tracking Network, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Healy Webinar Series

CIOOS Atlantic teamed up with NERACOOS to host “We’re All in the Same Boat”, a three-part webinar series featuring discussions with local experts on scientific, economic, and policy issues facing coastal communities spanning the Arctic to the Northeastern seaboard of the United States. Each of the three seminars coincided with part of the 2021 voyage of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which partnered with Canada to undertake a research cruise circumnavigating North America. As the Healy passed through the Arctic, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of Maine, experts in a variety of subjects spoke about the challenges they’ve encountered, and how we might develop solutions that transcend borders. 

Watch all three webinar recordings on the CIOOS Atlantic YouTube channel.

Series 1. The Arctic

Guest speakers:

  • Melanie Zimmerman Consul General, US Embassy
  • Andrew Arreak
    Research Coordinator, SmartICE
  • Chris Flanagan
    Baffin Fisheries
  • Christina MacDonald
    Arctic Eider Society
  • Lorenz Meire
    Researcher, Greenland Climate Research Centre
  • Mark Patterson
    Professor, Northeastern University
  • Robert Pickart
    Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Michael Sfraga
    Director, Wilson Center Polar Institute
  • Kristin Schild
    Glaciologist, Climate Change Institute

Series 2. Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Lyra Carr
    Consul General, U.S. Consulate General – Halifax
  • Carl Gouldman
    Director, NOAA IOOS Program Office
  • Larry Mayer
    Director, UNH Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping
  • Jamie Palter
    Professor, University of Rhode Island
  • Keith Lennon
    Director of Ocean Science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Maxime Geoffroy
    Research Scientist, Memorial University Marine Institute
  • Jamie Tam
    Visiting Fellow, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Fred Kingston
    Executive Secretary, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization
  • Robert Greenwood
    Associate Vice President, Memorial University
  • John Farrell
    Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Series 3. Scotian Shelf and the Gulf of Maine

  • Senator Angus King (I-ME)
    United States Senate
  • Vladimir Ryabinin
    Executive Secretary, UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
  • Nicole LeBoeuf
    Assistant Administrator, NOAA National Ocean Service
  • Dave Forcucci
    Marine Science Coordinator, USCGC Healy
  • Shawn Smith
    Senior Research Associate, Center for Ocean-Atmosphere Prediction Studies, Florida State University
  • Gordon Zhang
    Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Michelle Staudinger
    Acting Partnership Ecologist, USGS & UMass Amherst
  • Jennifer Miksis-Olds
    Research Professor, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, Joint Hydrology Lab, University of New Hampshire
  • Paul & Denise Pouliot
    Members of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People; Paul Pouliot is Director of COWASS North America
  • Erin Perry
    Deputy Director, Cape Cod Commission
  • Ariel Smith
    Coastal and Marine Team Lead, Coastal Action

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