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1999 Projects

Current Projects

Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Benthic processes
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Midwater research
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Upper ocean biogeochemistry
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) New research platforms
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) ROV improvements
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Mooring improvements
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) New in-situ Instruments
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Information management and archiving
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) Education and outreach
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) 1998 Projects
Green_Ball.gif (257 bytes) 1997 Projects


1999 Projects:
Information management and archiving

Enhancements to the Video Information Management System

Project lead/manager: Wm. Paul Rogers
Project team:
Doug Au, Holly Baum, T. Craig Dawe, Nancy Jacobsen, Jennifer B. Paduan, Kristine Rodgers, and Rob Sherlock

As of late-1998, more than 4,000 hours of deep-sea video captured by MBARI’s remotely operated vehicles, are catalogued and stored at the institute. MBARI scientists and collaborating researchers use this video and related ancillary information in documenting deep-sea exploration techniques and oceanographic experiments in Monterey Bay, and in the descriptions of new organisms and geological features. Recognizing the tremendous value of the video collection as an intellectual resource, the Video Information Management System (VIMS) project has undertaken the task of delivering a solid operational system in support of the institute’s scientific objectives.

Enhancements to VIMS will extend the Java-based GUIs (graphical user interfaces) and distributed-object components of the current production system to facilitate a version for shipboard real-time annotation and retrieval. This system will include an interface for comprehensive annotation and digital frame-grabbing. These improvements will broaden and strengthen the capabilities of the system, reduce the cost of maintenance, and improve system flexibility over the current subsystem used on the ships and in the video lab. At the conclusion of the two-year project, the VIMS project will provide a state-of-the-art video and image database for use by MBARI scientists and collaborators. The database system will be capable of field use by the scientific community at large, even while conducting research on non-MBARI vessels. The transfer of this technology to marine scientists who use video documentation for their research or who seek to set up a video database management systems will gain widespread recognition of MBARI’s successful efforts in implementing visual database technology.

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Last updated: 07 October 2004