Data Life-Cycle Management to encompass an automated Data Pipeline at Ocean Networks Canada: Community Fishers Program
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, operates world-leading ocean observatories and data repository services. Marine infrastructure installed on the West, East, and Arctic coasts of Canada by ONC and partner organizations deliver data from hundreds of instrument types deployed on a variety of platforms with different data acquisition systems. ONC’s data infrastructure, Oceans 2.0, serves a growing array of instruments and platforms from data collection, assurance, and description, to data preservation, discovery, integration, analysis, and distribution. Community Fishers is ONC's program that supports Citizen Science, oceanographic observations collected by individuals on a small marine vessel and facilitated by a custom in-house developed android application. This program started back in 2015, with ONC's partnership with the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. Here, we feature the evolution of the original framework into a full-fledged automated data life-cycle; it begins with instrument integration and sample planning, and the cycle concludes with a near real-time display (and archival of multiple data products) of quality-controlled data for the sampled water column. This data management pipeline was further extended to support community-based monitoring in the Canadian Arctic at Frobisher Bay with the Indigenous Community at Iqaluit through a partnership with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Some of the initial challenges, such as reduced tablet battery life in the low-temperature Arctic, and rendering the Geo-spatial map portal for near real-time display of the data in low-bandwidth remote locations, were overcome with continued development. During this data life-cycle, ONC adheres to research data community standards and best practices in data management including FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles. As a member of the World Data System since 2014, it continues its long-standing commitment to meeting rigorous data repository certification criteria.