Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R)

Principal Investigator: 
Proposal Abstract: 

The Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) program has revolutionized the way
the Academic Fleet for oceanographic research goes about the process of
data stewardship. In 2009, the NSF Oceanographic Instrumentation and
Technical Services Program funded the R2R program as a 4-way collaborative
effort between data services groups at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
(LDEO), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Florida State University (FSU). The
mission of the R2R Program was to document and preserve the underway data
from every cruise in the U.S. academic research fleet. R2R's work plan
included uploading and classifying the end-of-cruise data distributions
from each vessel operator; publishing an online catalog of vessels,
cruises, datasets, and science parties; preparing and submitting the data
to the NOAA Data Centers for long-term preservation; assessing the quality
of selected data sets and providing quality feedback to operators;
creating a standard set of data products including quality-controlled
ship-track navigation, geophysical profiles (gravity, magnetics,
bathymetry), and real-time meteorology/near-surface oceanography; and
developing an event logging application to document at-sea operations. The
R2R program team worked in close collaboration with the University
National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) Office, vessel
technicians, NOAA Centers, other NSF-funded ocean data systems,
disciplinary specialists in the research community, and international
partners. All UNOLS operating institutions, as well as the NSF-supported
Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Healy, now routinely submit their cruise data to
R2R. R2R has achieved its primary objectives during its initial five years
of operation. Renewed funding will enable transition from a "development"
focus to an "operational" focus. Work in the next five years includes
continued operation of core infrastructure developed in the first phase of
funding, as well as selected new tasks designed to improve R2R's products
and services in response to community feedback.

Benefits of R2R will extend to key stakeholders including vessel
operators, research scientists,cyberinfrastructure developers, funding
agencies, and the general public. R2R will provide tools and feedback to
help marine technicians improve data quality and documentation, and will
free them from the need to maintain a local data archive. A central cruise
catalog for the academic fleet will ensure that original field data from
every cruise are routinely preserved and disseminated, improving access
for scientists and the public and simplifying funding agency efforts to
enforce data sharing requirements. Standardization of data acquisition
procedures across the fleet will facilitate integration with observations
from other platforms such as NSFs Ocean Observatories Initiative, while
enabling new synthesis efforts for a global ocean that is vast and
sparsely explored.

External Principal Investigator: 
Suzanne Carbotte, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Shawn Smith, Florida State University
Cynthia Chandler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Robert Arko, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Start and End Date: 
September 2014 to August 2019