Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Fund
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: This proposal provides a structured, proven approach to the implementation of an OBIS (Oceanographic Biological Information System) node in the Alaskan region in addition to addressing the invitation very well. Kiefer has chosen the Alaska Fisheries Science Center Groundfish Databases as a candidate series of datasets to be upscaled into the Census of Marine Life’s (CoML) bio-geographic database schema known as OBIS. Four dimensional (x,y,z,t) visualization tools will be accessible through the web or client connection using EASy WEB Server or EASy client respectively. EASy is a product which has been developed by Kiefer and has been integrated with many regional observing systems such as the Gulf of Maine Biological Information System (GIMBIS) and has been ported to the DODS server (a product of the OPeNDAP Group). In addition to providing GEM with a regional OBIS node, this proposal will also assist in the initialization of the Alaskan Oceanographic Observing System (AOOS) by providing a data node which will pipe information to the national level (IOOS). Focus the demonstration on the geographic region of the GEM Program. The Alaska Groundfish data set is only a starting point for implementation, and the extension to more GEM-relevant data sets such as SEA, APEX, NVP, is recommended for the future. Interactions with potential users, such as the GEM modeling group, the authors of GEM synthesis sections, and interested members of the public.
Science Director Recommendation: (Not Available)
Science Director Comments: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: The proposal takes a big step toward meeting GEM needs for database standards, and for improving access of scientists and the public to GEM data, as well as to GEM related data. The use of the groundfish database is justified because it saves development costs by providing a well known standard against which results may be judged. Once the proof of concept is established, the products from the project are extensible to many different types of data at small marginal cost.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Approved at the November 10, 2003 TC meeting.