Tag Archives: R/V Falkor

Leaving today for Hawaii for work… and a little playtime.

imagesMost 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)!

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R/V Falkor becomes first vessel to use OpenVDM for uploading and displaying data on shore.

imagesToday 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

OpenVDM… heading to the Luck Dragon!

imagesI just got the confirmation that next week I’m heading to California to install OpenVDM aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) R/V Falkor! This is not my first time working with SOI and in many ways it represents an endeavor that has come full circle.

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…and now for a bit of fun (but still some science)

photoI 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.

Falkor Expedition – Firing the XBT from Ocean Networks Canada on Vimeo.

What’s in a name: The Second Rule in Data Management

docStackFilesIt’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