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MAY 2013

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"ClipCard makes the physical location of source fles less relevant than they were in a world dependent on software and local storage." The ClipCard platform gives TerraSond a summary of its worldwide data holdings that is searchable and spatially organized. These capabilities are reducing data management costs and increasing collaboration capabilities between TerraSond's multiple offces. This promises to provide a novel means of delivering data to clients when surveys are completed. Conclusions ClipCard is a unifying medium to exchange data more effciently across the spectrum of people and platforms involved in the collection, processing and end use of data. In this capacity, ClipCard presents some compelling technological shifts to the industry. Fundamentally, ClipCard makes the physical location of source fles less relevant than they were in a world dependent on software and local storage. This separation of essential knowledge from source data is a breakthrough for how data are managed. Because the abstracts are linked to but separate from their source data, they can be viewed and shared anywhere. Data can be stored where convenient, and accessed when needed for technology-heavy analysis and manipulation. The ClipCard platform thus brings new opportunities for contextualization and association to big-data management in the marine industry. ClipCards correspond to spatial extents displayed over an ocean-based map. They can be grouped into sets—and sets of sets—based on parameters defned by users, whether geographic or thematic. This means that giving a colleague on the other side of the world a quick idea of a survey one has just conducted is no longer a process that takes days, if not weeks, of packaging fles, shipping hard drives and reading on specialized equipment. OneOcean plans to keep ClipCard format- and platformagnostic. This means that in addition to presenting a summary of any data, regardless of format, it can also become a stage for partners to publish to via an application programming interface. ClipCard has the potential to act as a unifying agent for industry, government and researchers alike, reducing dependence on the complexities of software and putting vital information in the hands of those who need it most. n Timothy Kearns is OneOcean's vice president of services. He has worked in technology, hydrography and bathymetry, and is an expert in marine GIS. He is versed in software application design, business development and marketing of maritime-related services, enterprise solution architectures and chart-production systems. He incubated and launched GIS-based systems at Esri and the Canadian Hydrographic Service for the management, modeling and visualization of bathymetric and hydrographic data. At OneOcean, he tackles the big-data challenges of clients with specialized solutions. WORLD CLASS Through People, Technology & Dedication For more information about our products, please contact us at +1 508-563-6565 www.hydroid.com 22 st / May 2013 www.sea-technology.com

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