PISCO data management efforts involve close collaborations with a number of groups that share similar goals of understanding the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem or that are developing general solutions to data management challenges in the environmental sciences.
PISCO is a participating member node for the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). DataONE enables new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data. PISCO's data catalog is replicated throughout the DataONE network, which greatly expands the ways in which people can access the data and provides long-term data preservation.
The Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) works with investigators to publish data from research projects funded by the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Sections and the Office of Polar Programs Antarctic Organisms & Ecosystems Program at the U.S. National Science Foundation. PISCO is an affiliated program with many NSF-funded projects. Data from these NSF-funded PISCO projects can be located at this repository.
PISCO is a member of OceanSpaces, an online community that fosters new knowledge of ocean health. The platform brings everyone together with a stake in the health of California's oceans - scientists, fishermen, policymakers and citizens - offering new opportunities for individuals to communicate, create and share information. A shared body of scientific knowledge enables us to make informed decisions and becomes the basis for participation in ocean resource management and stewardship. We archive data with Ocean Spaces and contribute to special data summaries and publications.
In 2005-2009, we partnered with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries on their West Coast Observation Project. This project involved the PISCO physical oceanography and database teams and focuses on the processing of nearshore temperature, CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth profilers), and ocean current data from the PISCO and Sanctuary moorings along the US west coast. Participating sanctuaries included the Olympic Coast NMS, Gulf of Farrallones NMS, Cordell Bank NMS, Monterey Bay NMS, and the Channel Islands NMS. Moored array data were loaded into the PISCO Data Catalog, regularly harvested by the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), and published to the National Oceanographic Data Center’s (NODC) public archive. Since 2010, dta from NMS-supported moorings are directly managed by NMS.
NCEAS has been pushing the bounds in the area of ecological informatics since its inception. From 1999-2010, PISCO worked closely with NCEAS developers on many technologies that are used today to manage disparate data from multiple disciplines. For instance, the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) was first written by NCEAS researchers, and PISCO participated in a community-driven effort to improve and extend the language so that it had broader applicability. Likewise, PISCO researchers collaborated with NCEAS on a National Science Foundation grant that explored the automated creation of handheld user interfaces for field data collection. This partnership was crucial for the collaboration with DataONE, which was established in 2011,.
At PISCO-UC Santa Barbara, researchers and staff maintain a close working relationship with the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER. The programs share many of the same data management challenges that stem from working with interdisciplinary data. In order to take advantage of economies of scale, PISCO-UCSB researchers work with LTER to collect, process, and manage data. Information managers at the LTER also work with us on building software systems that benefit the research community as a whole.