Most days I feel pretty lucky. I live in a great part of the country and get to make a living doing what I love. Today I feel obnoxiously lucky. I’m bound for a beautiful place on other side of the planet, Maui, Hawaii! Oh yeah, it’s for work (mostly)!
Today marks a real milestone for OpenVDM and for me it represents a real personal triumph. As of just a few hours ago the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) went live with their R/V Falkor Status Page. While what the page does is not a first for a research vessel (many other vessels have similar shore-side portals) it is the first time a major oceanographic institute has chosen to leverage OpenVDM’s built-in ship-to-shore transfer capability and web-based data visualization tools to do so. Continue reading
I just saw this and had to laugh. Take two ocean science newbies, ask them to “launch” the XBT, tell them the X stand for explosive and remember to film the whole event. What you have here is the making of a classic. When you stop laughing and start listening to the marine techs they also provide a great explanation of how an eXpendable BathyThermograph works and how it’s used. Well played Falkor.
It’s been said that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover however when it comes to datasets I respectfully disagree. Being able to find the single data file you want amongst hundreds because of a well-designed directory and file naming structure is awesome. In this article I go through some basic concepts in file/directory naming and share some specific lessons I learned over the years. Continue reading