INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FOR EARTH SCIENCE DATA
DSHIP is an intelligent and configurable scientific data management and distribution platform. Its development was particularly geared to the specific demands scientific users, ship owners and data centers place on the collection and processing of measured data, their continual availability and distribution.
In seeking to understand the world‘s eco and climate system scientists all over the world gather information from the deepest oceans to the remotest polar regions. The means they apply include satellite measurements from space and sophisticated instruments on research vessels, diving robots, aircrafts or specifically built research stations.
Whatever method scientists use to acquire the data, it will definitely be very expensive. That makes the results valuable in two respects: firstly, a great deal of money and time is invested in collecting the data and, secondly, re-gathering them a second time is more than difficult or even impossible. Therefore, best data quality must be ensured at the first go.
As scientists need to continuously extend and improve their data inventories, it is necessary to manage all data acquired with the different means and to link them with any related information about the how, when, where and why. It should be easy for scientists to access the entire data and to combine information from various sources in order to constantly increase their knowledge about Earth.
INTELLIGENT AND CONFIGURABLE SCIENTIFIC DATA MANAGEMENT
Proven functionality for scientific users
DSHIP makes it easy to connect an unlimited number of devices (plug, configure & play). It allows continuous gathering of data, which includes timestamping of the data at acquisition. Moreover, it is possible to derive parameters by combining others using arithmetic functions. Their values can then be displayed and stored online in the same way as directly measured data.
The data can be transferred in NMEA and fixed-length ASCII telegrams to distribute them to any devices on the network. E-mails with current sensor data can be sent, e.g. to a scientist’s home institute for online quality checks.
DSHIP provides a display framework for online visualization of any parameters available in the system. In addition to a wide range of preconfigured displays, for example for navigational, winch or weather data, there also are capabilities for users to define own displays for their specific parameter selections. Such dialog setups can of course be stored and reloaded for later use.
Other specific displays are provided by the DSHIP Web Display System module. They show information like ship position, next waypoint or transponder data on a coastline map.
Any activities carried out during an expedition are recorded by the DSHIP Action Log module. Users may view the records online and export them just as well.
The DSHIP Mass Data Management module enables storage of any kind of bulk data like images, video sequences etc. together with the sensor data collected by DSHIP. The DSHIP Web Services module provides programming interfaces for external applications to access the system. It offers the possibility to develop drivers for any instruments using proprietary protocols.
Keep data safely on board with 24/7 operation
All relevant data generated on a research vessel are continuously stored in real-time in a centralized database. Reliability is ensured by running several servers in parallel. This way, synchronized data sets still are available on the other servers in case one of them fails.
TAKE DATA ON BOARD AND ON SHORE
Easy data transfer
DSHIP offers a web-based interface to flexibly export data for scientific activities taking place on shore during and towards the end of an expedition. Export configurations can be saved as templates to reload and modify them some other time. It is also possible to compress the data collected on board in an archive package in order to transfer them to a flash or hard drive or any other kind of customary medium.
Being capable of handling vast amounts of data, the shore-based DSHIP On Shore holds data from various vessels at the same time. Scientists can access the entire data stocks without being dependent on the system on board the vessel.
Research Vessel Sonne
Antarctic Neumayer III station
Research Aircraft Polar 6
DSHIP is implemented and has proven successful on various research vessels like Alba Na Mara, Alkor, Ara Austral, Elisabeth Mann Borgese, Heincke, Isabu, Maria S. Merian, Meteor, Polarstern, Poseidon, Scotia and Sonne. With slight adjustments DSHIP is also employed on the Antarctic Neumayer III station, on MARNET buoys and on the research aircrafts Polar 5 and Polar 6.
Easy to administrate and operate
DSHIP does not require any administrative intervention during operation. It ensures reliable storage of all data collected. Devices can be activated or deactivated by the administrator at any time. An editor enables initial configuration prior to a cruise, i.e. devices can be created, for example, new devices can be added and existing devices can be maintained.
The built-in control functionality and a sophisticated monitoring and logging system supply administrators with any information they need.
DSHIP handles various interfaces, such as serial, network and proprietary interfaces. Administrators can configure multiple NMEA telegrams to be sent to individually defined recipients.
We carry out the initial installation and configuration of individual customer setups. In the sequel, the customer may modify or enhance configuration and setup as required to meet changing needs.
Minimized follow-up efforts
DSHIP is designed for continuous and unattended operation. Owing to the generic interface technology, it is easy for administrators to integrate new devices. So, DSHIP minimizes follow-up costs as no additional software or licenses are required to do it.
Werum provides maintenance and support services covering remote analysis and updates as well as periodic inspections.
DSHIP FEATURES AT A GLANCE
- Customer-configurable instrument connection and parameterization
- Data distribution with NMEA telegrams on board
- Data dissemination via e-mail
- Definition of derived parameters
- User-definable display configuration
- Unattended operation and system resilience
- Data export and long-term 24/7 access to shore-based data centers