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Data to Decisions: Putting NOAA Data to Work 
Virtual workshop  August 17-21, 2020

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Tuesday, August 18 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
2A: Modernizing NOAA Information Management

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Co-Chairs: Frank Schwing, Karen Sender, Tyler Christensen

Effective, user-friendly, state-of-the-art data and information management (IM) is a NOAA priority. A growing number of statutory and regulatory drivers call for data modernization efforts across federal agencies. In addition, NOAA’s four draft science and technology (S&T) focus areas will require substantial contributions from, and enhancements to, the agency’s environmental data management. NMFS recently conducted a fisheries information management modernization (FIMM) workshop to review and evaluate practical and tangible actions to modernize fisheries data and information systems. This session will share the outcomes of the FIMM workshop and describe some actions underway based on the recommendations of its participants. Session organizers also seek contributions from subject experts throughout NOAA and its partners that highlight IM modernization needs and activities. The goal of this session is to share NOAA’s insights about IM modernization efforts.

Presentations (abstracts in this Google Doc):
  1. Modernizing Fisheries Information Management 
    Franklin B. Schwing, Karen Sender, Alan Lowther, Sarah Margolis, Lisa Peterson
  2. Data Governance for a Fisheries Science Region
    Brendan Sylvander, Katie Barnas, Jeff Cowen, Karrie Hanson, Beth Horness, Des Maynard, Sean Sol
  3. History, development, and utilization of a web-based marine mammal database: the Marine Mammal Information System 
    Wayne McFee, Kristin Chader-Bostick
  4. The Fisheries Information System program: Improving NOAA Fisheries' Data
    Alan Lowther, Lisa Peterson
  5. Promoting Quality Management and Continuous Improvement within NOAA Fisheries
    Vivian Matter
  6. Archiving at NOAA: Learning from the Present to Inform the Future 
    Monica Youngman, Nancy Ritchey, Rich Baldwin, Steve Rutz, Nazila Merati, Mike Kruk
  7. Adopt and implement a NMFS data management maturity matrix tool to assess current and future states of data management maturity at appropriate NOAA Fisheries’ organizational levels
    Karen Sender

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Tyler Christensen

Data Management Architect, NOAA / NESDIS

Frank Schwing

Director of Science Information, Fisheries Service, NMFS Office of Science and Technology
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Karen Sender

Information Architect, NOAA
Karen Sender is the Information Architect for NOAA Fisheries and leads the Fisheries Enterprise Data Management Program which is currently focused on data governance and information management modernization. Karen is the Fisheries representative to the NOAA Data Governance Committee... Read More →


Vivian Matter


Brendan Sylvander

Scientific Data Management, USDOC NOAA NWFSC
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Monica Youngman

Chief, Data Stewardship Division, NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information

Tuesday August 18, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT