Stanley Nmor | EMODnet OPEN SEA LAB

I am a master student of the EU joint masters programme (IMBRSEA). My interest span from general marine ecology to ecosystem modeling

My foray into the world of computing follow a rather fruitious path. As a major in marine biology from Nigeria, I was spurred by the lack of technical supervision on advanced data analysis and the limitations of the often used software (MS excel) for routine data analysis work in my undergraduate project. I felt an urge to move beyond this restriction, to recreate the vivid imagination of how i want my data output should look at visually. Then stumbled accidentally on programming. At first this new area looked esoteric. I always felt computer programming was for geeks and people with innate genius capabilities. Given my modest background in purely biological sciences, this new love interest seem like a recipe for a no show. However, my interest was already piqued and I started learning R programming for simple data analytical procedures. My curiosity has always been my forte for survival, and the more I got involved into R programming, the more I felt there was more to it than meet the eyes. I come to realise the vastness and importance of programming in general. Mostly used as a statistical analysis programming toolkit, I got to realised that my perspection was actually narrow. With any programming language and the right concepts learnt, one can do many things. This got me really interested in developing softwares, package and other modular applications that I can concisely build. I gained a bit of such surreal experience when I rounded my recent internship in University of Oxford, UK by creating a simple web application that could provide beginner levels introduction to identification of coral reefs fauna and flora. I still consider myself as a beginner in the world of computing, but I imagine in the not too distant future where I would be able to leverage on this software-based skills to create tools that could help answer some real time questions. This hackathon presents the perfect opportunity to explore such fantasy. As a marine science student, I feel there are technical challenges in aspect of streamlining data analysis pathways. The amount and plethora of data sources demand a integrated approach to data analysis for marine science. From fetching raw data through cleaning and parsing the data to interfacing such data for throughput and visualization in an inclusive network of subsystems. Such system with all aforementioned process embedded would streamline the overhead in data pipeline of marine scientists. Furthermore, interfacing such system with other data portal system to provide integrated data analysis would be well appreciated by the oceanographic community. And such imagination is the central motivation for attending this hackathon. Learn and innovate. I hope to be given an opportunity to learn more and hopefully contribute to solving some ocean science related problems.

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