Monthly Archives: April 2014

Meeting on the 2nd May

For our meeting this week we have the statistically correlatable Stuart Corney talking about being data poor but model rich, and does that really matter?

In the current environment of tighter budgets and decreased opportunity for field time to conduct research Stuart will examine issues surrounding data (information that comes from observations) and model output (information that comes from a computer), and look at the different ways that various disciplines regard model output, data or data products.

Can one scientist’s model output be considered another’s data. Can models be used to replace observations?

We’re hoping for some lively debate and discussion around these topics!

— When & Where —

Friday 2nd May at 9:15am
IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre – it’s the big lecture theatre on the left as you walk into the waterfront building foyer – 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point,  next to CSIRO.
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The 5 biggest questions and answers you have about ocean remote sensing

Have you ever wanted to access remote sensing data and didn’t know where to start? Well hopefully my talk today gave you some answers to your questions and gave you some tools to get you started.

Here are my slides – with all the links and websites for you to check out:

The five biggest questions and answers you have about ocean remote sensing

A big part of DaSH is lowering the learning curve and removing the barriers to entry into data related science. That’s this talk will aimed to do for the ocean remote sensing space. I did NOT talk about coding. I DID talk a little about how satellites measure biology in the oceans, I DID talk about where you can find this data, and I DID talk about how a novice can plot the data without coding a single line. Any questions or to find out more contact me at http://robtheoceanographer.com/

Meeting on the 11th April

For our meeting this week we have the extremely boring Rob Johnson (aka, Me). I am going to attempt to answer the five biggest questions you have about ocean remote sensing.

A big part of DaSH is lowering the learning curve and removing the barriers to entry into data related science. That is what my talk will aim to do for the ocean remote sensing space. I will NOT talk about coding. I WILL talk a little about how satellites measure biology in the oceans, I WILL talk about where you can find this data, and I WILL talk about how a novice can plot the data without coding a single line.

— When & Where —

Friday 11th April at 9:15am
IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre – it’s the big lecture theatre on the left as you walk into the waterfront building foyer – 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point,  next to CSIRO.

IPython 2.0 has been released!

IPython 2.0 is actually out now! Yay! (https://pypi.python.org/pypi/ipython)
If you don’t believe me then just:

pip install --upgrade ipython

See what’s new at http://ipython.org/ipython-doc/2/whatsnew/version2.0.html

but the highlights are:

  • interactive widgets for the notebook
  • directory navigation in the notebook dashboard
  • persistent URLs for notebooks
  • a new modal user interface in the notebook
  • a security model for notebooks.

You can check out the example IPython notebooks http://nbviewer.ipython.org/github/ipython/ipython/blob/master/examples/Index.ipynb on nbviewer.

The guys and gals at IPython HQ are asking that we all please give it a test. They plan to have 2.0.1 released within a month – based on the initial feedback.

Bring on the bug reports!

Meeting on the 4th April

Our data science guru Simon Wotherspoon has a particular affinity for young Tommy Bayes and his probabilistic ways, so for our meeting this week we have Spoon on his work at the Australian Antarctic Division using approximate Bayesian inference in the real world. I’m not really sure where Spoon will take this talk but wherever we end up it’s sure to be fun.

He’s also offered to give a monthly DaSH talk on time-series analysis for fun and profit. I’ll let you know when we schedule the first in this series.

— When & Where —

Friday 4th April at 9:15am
IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre – it’s the big lecture theatre on the left as you walk into the waterfront building foyer – 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point,  next to CSIRO.