It’s a question many researchers and scientists are still asking themselves.
Why do marine science researchers and researchers in marine biology and marine biology education programs often share the same video clips?
“I think part of the problem is there are a lot of folks who are doing a lot more than the others,” says Dan Rennie, a marine science graduate student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and the editor of a marine biology blog called The Fish Lab.
Rennies first noticed the problem in the late ’90s, when his students were sharing videos of their work.
“I started noticing a lot, like, 10 videos a day, and that really drove home that there were a lot people doing the same things,” he says.
He says his students began sharing more video clips, which he says led to more collaboration.
In 2010, Rennia was working on a project that involved collecting and analyzing data from marine biologists.
The video collection project involved a team of graduate students in the university’s Marine Science Institute (MSI), a large research laboratory on the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Rennaissance was a video production and research lab for the MSI that had been created by the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Fisheries (AIIMF).
“They wanted to make a documentary about the fishery and marine science,” Rennaises says.
“We were trying to find out what the data and what the science were all about.”
The video team was collecting data from various sources, including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and other research groups.
Rnaissance’s students were also collaborating with AIIMF on their research.
But it was a difficult project to pull off, because there was a shortage of data.
“The data they had at that point was not very good,” Rnaises says, “so we had to do a lot to collect the data we needed to get our project off the ground.”
To make it happen, Rennais and his students set up a website to gather data.
In a nutshell, it was like “a Google Doc,” Renniys says.
The website hosted all of the data for the video team.
They were also working with a number of other organizations, including Australian Fisheries Centre, the Department for Fisheries and Aquaculture, and others.
“They were sharing it all through social media, and a lot through the research groups,” Rannies says.
In addition to sharing the data, the students also made a video about the project.
Ranniys and his colleagues say the project got a lot better as time went on.
Rinaissance was created in response to a request from the Australian Government for marine science video clips from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The request was part of a broader request to provide data about fisheries from NOAA’s website.
In response, the National Archives and Records Management (NARMS) in Canberra, Australia opened the records and uploaded more than 2,000 of the video clips to the National Library of Australia (NLA) as part of its marine video archive.
The researchers also uploaded other data from NOAA.
Rana was one of the first to upload his footage to NLA.
He also uploaded a video to the video repository at the National Museum of Australian Art (NMA).
“The first one I uploaded to the NLA was the ‘Dive’ video,” Rana says.
But that video was too short to be of any value to researchers looking for new data.
So Rana and his team uploaded another video to NNAA that was a full length version.
Ramin’s team was able to upload more than 500 minutes of footage to the archive, including many videos from AIIMS and research groups around Australia.
“That was the beginning of a very interesting period,” Rinaises says of the NNAAs video project.
“At that point we were also getting data from the Department, from the DFO [Department of Fisheries], and we were getting data for our project.
We were getting all of these different data streams.”
A lot of work went into the creation of the videos, including Rnares team working on the audio and editing.
They also created a website, which included links to a number to see the full data sets for each project.
The first video Rnaes team uploaded to NVAAS was called “Saving the Fishery.”
The team says they had the data from many sources, but needed the videos to be accessible and to have the same quality.
“It was the first video that we uploaded to [NNAAS], and that was the start of a long process,” Raraises says in the video.
“From there, we worked on all the other videos that we put on the site, and eventually the whole thing went to NRAAS.”
The first videos from the Nnaas video