Our vision is to enhance Canada’s leadership in the ocean data integration, management and analysis by creating a world-class infrastructure, based on human resources and computing, to increase the data’s value and visibility.
Our mission is to to assist the ocean data community in the use of data science technologies to discover, access, analyze and visualize marine data. MERIDIAN will provide ocean data management expertise to ensure that data are well described, discoverable, accessible and reusable.
MERIDIAN (Marine Environmental Research Infrastructure for Data Integration and Application Network) is a multi-institutional consortium of ocean researchers, computer and data management professionals that are developing a research data infrastructure to consolidate and support the national and international ocean acoustic and vessel tracking (AIS- Automatic Identification System) community. We have teams located at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Université du Québec à Rimouski in Québec, and Simon-Fraser University, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria in British Columbia.
The primary goals of MERIDIAN are
- to build and position itself as an indispensable data discovery platform for underwater acoustic and AIS data,
- to develop open-source software solutions for data analysis and visualization, and
- to assist the community in the use of data science technologies to discover, access, analyze and visualize underwater acoustic and AIS data.
We are working very closely with the underwater acoustic and vessel tracking communities, that includes representative from academia, government and industry, to ensure that the tools and services we are developing are state-of-the-art, meet the needs of the community and facilitate knowledge exchange.
Transparency, information and data sharing, as well as knowledge mobilization are important to us! Our data discovery platform for underwater acoustic and vessel tracking data will significantly improve discoverability and access to data that is relevant for decision makers and researchers that address marine environmental issues related to noise and the protection of the ocean fauna. All our software products are well-documented, open-source and freely available under the GNU General Public License v3.