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Maximizing the Value of NOAA Data through Investment, Innovation, and Governance

August 16-20, 2021


NOAA’s Environmental Data Management Committee is proud to host the 11th annual NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop (EDMW). The workshop will be presented in an entirely virtual format. We are taking advantage of the opportunities that this online format affords, to both encourage broad participation in breakout sessions and to line up high caliber plenary speakers.

There is no registration for any sessions, only for the plenaries. Click here for plenary registration info.

To view the many social activities available, click here. You could win recognition at the awards ceremony on August 20th! Jump into the virtual lobby for networking and discussion with your colleagues.

For help during the meeting, please visit the virtual help desk.  


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Monday, August 16 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Are your data AI-ready?

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***** Important notice for session participants *****
This session will be limited to 20 people due to the interactive format. Please sign up via this Google Form and you will be invited to the session with Google Calendar invite and Google Meet connection info by 13 August 2021.

Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize all NOAA’s mission areas and to amplify the value of NOAA’s environmental data archive for society via public-academic-private partnerships. However, successful and effective AI applications and services require extensive preparation of the input data from its original form. This data preparation causes “invisible technical debt” for users and may even create additional barriers. To reduce the burden of data preparation for data users, NOAA envisions making the environmental data collection AI-ready through stewardship and transformative technologies.

This hands-on session will focus on the AI-readiness matrix based on an early draft developed by OSTP Subcommittee on Open Science and recent work from an ESIP working group. We invite participants to bring open environmental data sets of their choice (or choose from a few pre-selected data sets provided prior to the session) and collaborate with others to assess the AI-readiness level of the selected data sets with supporting tools. The session will also discuss strategies to help participants improve the AI-readiness of their selected data sets. The working session will also collect participants’ feedback on the AI-readiness matrix and how to improve the assessment process.

To ensure a successful session, we welcome AI practitioners, data managers/producers, metadata experts, and software engineers to join the session and mix with others during the hands-on assessment exercise. The session welcomes both in-person and virtual participants.

Draft Agenda
30 minutes: Intro presentation and Q&A
25 minutes: Data Quality measures: apply draft assessment to NOAA datasets and discuss
25 minutes: Metadata measures: apply draft assessment to NOAA datasets and discuss
25 minutes: Data Dissemination measures: apply draft assessment to NOAA datasets and discuss
15 minutes: Wrap-up and next steps

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Tyler Christensen

Oceanographer, NOAA / National Ocean Service
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Yuhan (Douglas) Rao


Monday August 16, 2021 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
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