Big Data: Access to Online Datasets and Data Visualization Tools
The EPE team conducted several early surveys and meetings with undergraduate oceanography professors while the system was being designed. Information gained toward successful software design was immeasurable in its usefulness. During the last year of development, however, EPE realized they needed direct feedback from professors performing in classroom testing of the beta software with students.
With support from NSF, the EPE team conducted a pilot implementation of the EPE tools including the Data Investigation Builder and the Concept Mapping tools in collaboration with the NSF funded Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) network. Several CCURI professors and two Rutgers University professors implemented materials in their Introduction to Oceanography classes over the Spring semester 2014. This partnership between CCURI and EPE will enable a new approach to oceanography research, where scientists, students and the public can explore and research the ocean in real-time from their classrooms, offices, dorm rooms, and even their homes. The face of an oceanographer will be expanded well beyond the professor at sea to a student at home viewing and analyzing exactly the same data at exactly the same time.