About Us

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.

Vision

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.

Mission

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.


Funders


Partners


Governance

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Consortium Management Committee

Mandate

The Consortium Management Committee ensures the development, use and sustainability of the infrastructure. This committee will:

  • Receive updates on the progress of the platform as a whole
  • Oversee Partnership and Sustainability Committee and receive updates on partnerships as necessary from the Chair of the Partnerships and Sustainability committee (starting in year 2)
  • Oversee Scientific Advisory Committee and receive updates on scientific needs as necessary from the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Oversee Research Data Infrastructure Operations Committee and receive updates on scientific needs as necessary from the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Get updates on scientific needs and opportunities (Chair of Scientific Advisory Committee)
  • Review financial summary (prepared by Platform Manager)
Frequency

Quarterly

Members
Dr. Stan Matwin (Chair)Director Institute for Big Data Analytics, MERIDIAN Principal Investigator, Dalhousie University
Dr. Andréane BastienExecutive Director St. Lawrence Global Observatory
Mrs. Shelley BrownManager, Institutional Programs, Dalhousie University,
Dr. Ines HesslerMERIDIAN Senior Data Manager, Dalhousie University
Dr. Francis JuanesLiber Ero Chair for Fisheries Research, MERIDIAN Team Leader University of Victoria
Dr. Kes MortonCEO Pisces Research Project Management Inc, MERIDIAN Platform Manager
Dr. Raymond NgDirector Data Science Institute, MERIDIAN Team Leader, University of British Columbia
Dr. Fred PopowichExecutive Director of KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative, MERIDIAN Team Leader, Simon-Fraser University
Dr. Len ZedelProfessor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Partnerships and Sustainability Committee

(starting in year two)

Mandate

Develop and maintain partnerships and manage the transition to ongoing operations at the end of year three. Organize yearly Users and Developers workshops vis Computer Canada’s tele-meeting facilities

Members
Dr. Stan Matwin (Chair)Director Institute for Big Data Analytics, MERIDIAN Principal Investigator, Dalhousie University
Richard DavisResearch Implementation Unit Manager, Ocean Frontier Institute
Melody PardoeChief Engagement Officer, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Benoit PirenneDirector, User Engagement, Ocean Networks Canada
Ariane PlourdeDirector, Institute of Marine Sciences
Dr. Mike SmitAssociate Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
Jim TheriaultResearch Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dr. Fred WhoriskeyExecutive Director, Ocean Tracking Network
Lee WilsonPortage Service Manager, Federated Research Data Repository
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Research Data Infrastructure Operations

Mandate

The Research Data Infrastructure Operations Committee’s primary mandate is to monitor the development of the research data infrastructure to ensure it meets the ongoing needs of the research questions. This is executed by:

  • Reviewing the progress and direction of the platform’s development
  • Receive updates on the progress of the platform as a whole
  • Communicate regularly with Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Advise the Consortium Management Committee on development of the platform to meet the needs of the research questions
Frequency

Twice a year

Members
Dr. Fred Popowich (Chair)Executive Director of KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative, MERIDIAN Team Leader, Simon-Fraser University
Mr. Marc-Etienne RousseauChief Software Architect, ComputeCanada
Dr. Eleni StrouliaProfessor, University of Alberta
Dr. Ines HesslerMERIDIAN Senior Data Manager, Dalhousie University
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Scientific Advisory Committee

Mandate

To ensure the platform is used for cutting edge research. This committee will:

  • Ensure monitoring and reporting of science executed using the MERIDIAN platform
  • Seek out and support scientific funding applications to increase the use of the Meridian platform
  • Foster use of the platform
  • Report to the Consortium Management Committee via the Scientific Advisory Committee Chair
  • Advise the Research Data Infrastructure Operations Committee of any arising or unmet scientific needs appropriate for the Meridian Platform
  • Foster integration and interaction with relevant partners, both nationally and internationally
  • Encourage interaction both within and between Meridian users and partners
Members
Dr. Len Zedel (Chair)Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. David BarclayAssistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Dr. Giuseppe CareniniProfessor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Richard DeweyAssociate Director Science at Ocean Networks Canada
Dr. Ines HesslerMERIDIAN Senior Data Manager, Dalhousie University
Dr. Stan MatwinDirector Institute for Big Data Analytics, MERIDIAN Principal Investigator, Dalhousie University
Mx. Kim MortimerMERIDIAN Data Management Expert, Dalhousie University
Dr. Kes MortonCEO Pisces Research Project Management Inc, MERIDIAN Platform Manager
Dr. Raymond NgDirector Data Science Institute, MERIDIAN Team Leader, University of British Columbia
Dr. Fred PopowichExecutive Director of KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative, MERIDIAN Team Leader, Simon-Fraser University
Dr. Clark RichardsFisheries and Oceans Canada Research Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Dr. Yvan SimardFisheries and Oceans Canada Chair for Marine Acoustics, MERIDIAN Team Leader, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Dr. Cristina TollefsonDefense Scientist, Defence Research and Development Canada
Dr. Francis JuanesLiber Ero Chair for Fisheries Research, MERIDIAN Team Leader University of Victoria
Dr. Fred WhoriskeyExecutive Director, Ocean Tracking Network

Collaborate

Please get in touch if we can assist you in developing a tool to analyze or visualize your underwater acoustic data or if you need access to a resource for modeling underwater soundscapes. We would also like to hear from you if you would like to help us to develop an interactive detector/classifier that works more like a human.

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