Coastal Marine Informatics (CMI) Initiative: Developing a Web-Based Resource for Coastal and Near Shore Marine Operations

Lay Summary 

Throughout its entire history the marine sector has relied heavily on information. The breadth of informatic sources of interest to mariners is extensive: hydrographical, meteorological, navigational, ecological, biological, even cultural and political. In all categories, considerable value is placed on valid information derived from reliable sources of knowledge about highly localized conditions and circumstances. Although much has changed over centuries with respect to the variety of sources and depth of information as well as the means by which information is generated and communicated, much has not. Information media fragmentation (some digital, many not), information processing disintegration (disparate collection, transformation, and communication mechanisms), as well as information management deficiencies (in data creation, maintenance, retrieval, and retirement) all remain major challenges in providing a reliable and useable information resource to support marine sector activities. The Coastal Marine Informatics (CMI) Initiative seeks to address the issues of fragmentation, disintegration, and deficient management across informatic sources through the development of a web-based resource facilitating the consolidation, communication and customization of information useful to mariners.

Departments 
School of Maritime Studies
Funding 
Marine Institute
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
Themes 
Fisheries
Information Technology
Information Systems
Management Information Systems
Ocean Technology
Oceans
Safety
Marine Transportation
Industry Sectors 
Other Information Services
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
Support Activities for Transportation
Start date 
1 Jan 2012