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MAY 2013

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OneOcean's ClipCard platform transforms the way marine geospatial data is managed, accessed and exchanged. was worthwhile," said Newman. "That approach also didn't solve the problem of easy and secure access for our teams and clients around the world." TerraSond started to discuss the potential of cloud storage, particularly with OneOcean Corp., a start-up based in the high-tech hub of Seattle, Washington, which is home to cloud leaders such as Amazon.com and Microsoft. The Big-Data Problem "Data is growing faster than IT can manage and there isn't yet a bandwidth connection on the planet that will allow you to easily upload a terabyte of data with a web browser or attach it to an e-mail," said Don Davis, president of OneOcean. These problems are coming to a head as organizations face the ever-increasing costs and demands of proprietary software formats and ever-tighter limits on time, budget and capacity. The growth of big data leads to a crisis of big waste, with data that are underutilized after a frst application; data that 18 st / May 2013 are not shared, accessed or applied beyond the original commission; and data that lie dormant because they are too costly or diffcult to deal with. OneOcean saw the potential to wean away from dependence on software to get value from information, where data sets express themselves in a rich abstract, at a fraction of the size of source fles, agnostic to locked formats and accessible anywhere via the cloud. Ocean scientists and data analysts all commonly seek to convert data into knowledge that has value, but data locked in a silo hinders this process. Enterprise software providers help tackle the problem by turning ocean data into maps, charts and other processed products with value. Turning raw data into a useful product requires controlling it, and software companies have a vested interest in maintaining that control. There is a steep cost to this processing, which goes beyond the costs of software licenses. The concern is with the often inevitable side effect of locking data into a proprietary format, and storing that data as fles and catalogs in that format. The dependency on software is deepening as data gets bigger. The volume of marine data is indeed growing at a staggering pace. The means of data collection now range from autonomous drones and self-charging foating buoys to scientifc vessels outftted with potentially dozens of different data-gathering platforms. Just over 10 years ago, a typical hydrographic survey utilizing the latest multibeam echo sounders in approximately 100 meters of water would yield less than 1 gigabyte of data per hour. Modern systems being deployed today average 1 to 10 gigabytes per hour. Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, speculates that with the advent of new echo sounders collecting water column information, in addition to multiple pings in the water at once, data collection rates could explode to 400 to 500 gigabytes in the future. www.sea-technology.com

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