How many opportunities have you missed to collaborate with another scientist because you didn’t realise where they were going until it was too late?
SOOS is working with other research collaborations to design and build a field projects planning tool. The tool will be a publicly-editable spatial database, in which cruise planners can enter ship plans, and individual researchers can enter details of their projects and contact details. These details will be the start of metadata records for the resulting datasets, streamlining the process of curating data. Thus the database will help spark collaborations, help minimise the paperwork associated with collaborations, and, in time, help identify geographic areas that are over- or under-served by existing research programs.