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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.

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Thursday, August 19 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
6B: Engaging Users in the Cloud

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Session Chairs: Adrienne Simonson, Jenny Dissen

NOAA’s Big Data Program (BDP) works with Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to make NOAA environmental data accessible via the cloud. This capability democratizes access to environmental information, providing users, especially small businesses and start-ups, with opportunities for innovation. The BDP also raises opportunities for both users and data providers to reassess their current processes using environmental data, the way they view and manage their customers and communities, how they design products, services and technology, and how they evolve their interactions with end users.

This paradigm shift in how data is accessed emphasizes the need for user engagement efforts to better understand how opportunities and value propositions can be enabled. However, it is challenging to capture a more comprehensive understanding of the use cases and the user in the Cloud, in part because user engagement data on the CSPs is fraught with ethical and legal complexities, making it harder to utilize previous user engagement strategies and models.

The NOAA Big Data Program recognizes that data-driven user engagement requires a dynamic and iterative value generation process, involving: 1) users recognizing the value of engagement methods; and 2) BDP’s ability to capture the user input received and provide value back to the users. BDP and CSP partners recognize the challenge of a dynamic balance between users’ expectations of engagement efforts and their ability to create value. Early collaborative engagement efforts with CSP partners have identified users and uncovered meaningful feedback validating the value proposition of enabling cloud-based access and analysis.

Environmental data gains value through a dynamic, intertwined, innovative, evolving mode of continuous engagement that benefits both NOAA and its users. For this session, we invite data providers, cloud-partners and end users of environmental data accessed from the cloud to discuss their experiences and lessons learned; effective modes and methods of access and analysis in the cloud; as well as advancements in users’ decision-contexts and value propositions in the cloud.

Presentations: (abstracts by session here)
1. NOAA Big Data Program Overview
- Adrienne Simonson
2. Environmental Data in Azure
- Brice Lambi, MyRadar
3. The AWS Perspective on the NOAA Big Data Program
- Zac Flamig, Amazon Web Services
4. Google Cloud
- Google Earth Engine & Google Earth Outreach
5. Tsunamis of data: exploring Big Query resources to sift through terabytes of data to produce a rapid tsunami forecast
- Christopher Moore


Jenny Dissen

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Adrienne Simonson

NOAA Data Program Acting Director, OCIO


Tyler Erickson

Google Earth Engine
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Christopher Moore

Oceanographer, OAR/PMEL

Laura Dobbs

Account Executive, Microsoft, OCIO/BDP

Zac Flamig

Tech Lead Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative, Amazon, OCIO/BDP

Thursday August 19, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT