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Comment: Nice to see some of my work (Score 1) 33

by goatbar (#39719509) Attached to: NOAA Releases New Views of Earth's Ocean Floor
It's nice to see some of my work come to light. I created prototypes for this back a few years ago with Google Earth and GDAL for the Bathymetric Attributed Grids (BAG) file from Hydrographic Surveys... Or build a visualization yourself using the code:

Comment: Lessons learned from the BP Spill (Score 1) 426

by goatbar (#35277938) Attached to: Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor
I've got all but one of the presentations (ppt or pdf) from the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Jan 2010. Two of the talks had to be approved by the White House. There need to be many many more of these types of events, but at least it is a start.

+ - Which geek clock should I get?->

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goatbar (661399) writes "What is the ultimate and cheap geek clock out there? If I had my way, it would have a great display for those with glasses, have a radio with AM/FM/NOAA weather and more bands, integrated weather, get time from NTP, GPS, CDMA, and/or WWV/WWVH, and provide NTP to my home network. All for cheap. So in the world of reality, what do geeks recommend to other geeks for a relatively cheap clock for the bedroom? The NIST Manufacturers of Time and Frequency Receivers is a pretty rough start for the geek in the home."
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Comment: Documentation (Score 1) 332

by goatbar (#30544970) Attached to: How Can I Contribute To Open Source?

Do whatever you can. Documentation, packaging, training, whatever

Consider even just small steps... e.g. posting small examples of using FOSS can help a lot. I use my blog to help NOAA accomplish its mission indirectly. One instance is how to use QGIS to read data directly from a PostGIS database:

Using QGIS to view PostGIS data

Now, how do I convince the NOAA IT folks that QGIS should be on more peoples machines?

Comment: Similar question - Nautical Publications (Score 1) 328

by goatbar (#27191533) Attached to: Collaborative Academic Writing Software?

I've had a similar question for Hydrographic Offices in various countries that have to produce Coast Pilot/Sailing Directions documents. Except in their case, this is a document that has 100+ years of revisions and is looking to 100 more years. How do we get them into a process where they can track all the changes and reference where material was submitted from?

I tried to think through some of the options for this kind of stuff here:

Managing distributed XML document editing for nautical publications

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.