Collaboration Tools


NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Collaboration Tools

The Okeanos Explorer Program innovates and utilizes a new paradigm of collaborative ocean exploration via telepresence. During an expedition, the majority of the Okeanos’ science team operates from shore - sometimes distributed over a wide geographic area and sometimes concentrated at an Exploration Command Center (ECC). Shore-based participants are provided access to information and expedition data from the ship for situational awareness. This helps them make important scientific observations about the ocean ecosystem being explored and enables them to assist the two scientists on-board the ship with minute-to-minute operational decisions.

The pages below provide information on accessing the tools needed to ensure efficient, productive, and interdisciplinary scientific collaborations while participating in an Okeanos Explorer expedition.


Mission Capabilities of the Okeanos Explorer Program (pdf, 14 Mb)
This document provides an overview of the Okeanos Explorer, including operating principles and core capabilities.


Obtaining a User Account for Collaboration Tools
This section contains instructions on how to request access to the Okeanos Explorer Collaboration Tools in order to participate in a telepresence-enabled cruise.


EX Instant Messaging Service and Eventlog
The EX jabber server allows ship-board and shore-based personnel to communicate via instant messaging (IM). The Eventlog is the one example of how the IM service is used. The purpose of the Eventlog is to host a centralized collaboration location where ship-based and shore-based personnel can communicate about operations being conducted in real-time aboard the ship. The Eventlog is a group chat room enabling geographically distributed users to comment on data feeds being streamed live from aboard the Okeanos Explorer to shore-based Exploration Command Centers in a centralized way. Comments, discussions and requests made in the “eventlog” group chat room are logged and provided a timestamp (GMT) and can later be correlated to the operations, location, and data feeds coming off the ship at that time. Thus, the chat server facilitates the first-order annotation of activities happening on a cruise, serving as a digital version of scientists’ daily logs and enabling input from multiple users. 

Though the Eventlog can be used during all EX operations, its most obvious use is to annotate ROV dive observations in real time. Please visit this page to learn how to connect to the server and join the Eventlog.


Real-time Audio and Video
While the Okeanos Explorer is at sea, she is streaming live video. This section contains information on how to view the video streaming from the ship and instructions to set up two-way communications with the vessel.


EX FTP Server
The FTP site serves as a repository for Okeanos Explorer data for current cruises. The primary purpose of the FTP site is to make data collected by the ship available to shore-based personnel. It can also be used during the cruise planning process to share large, pre-existing data files (e.g. > 5MB). Please refer to the EX FTP Server page to learn how to access the server and to upload and download data.


Data Access
This section contains information about how to access data collected by the Okeanos Explorer after it has been upload to the NOAA archives.

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