February 18, 2011 – Data scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are beginning a large-scale collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanography Institution (WHOI), utilizing a more than $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

We found this news on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s website in their release, “Rensselaer Data Scientists Collaborate on $2 Million Grant to Study Oceans.” Data in amounts that would boggle anyone is collected every day about the oceans, and by various means, i.e. sensors, cameras, sonar and other technologies. Because of the lack of collaboration, the return on the investment to create and collect the data is extremely low.

However, by using advanced technology, including semantic, and collaboration, this data can provide important information to oceanographers on the health of our oceans. Semantic technology encodes data with information that computers or other web-enabled devices can use to better share, search, and interpret the data.

It is always nice to see semantic technology used in ways to benefit our environment.

Melody K. Smith

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