Smithsonian Features Blog about Sharing Gulf of Mexico Big Data

Smithsonian Gulf of Mexico Big Data The Smithsonian Ocean Portal posted a blog that describes the needs and challenges of sharing scientific data, especially unique data collected after a disaster such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Featured are insights from Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, and Chuck Wilson, Chief Scientist for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

The blog begins with how children are taught that sharing is a good thing but, over time, adults may shift their thinking towards holding back.  The blog explains why, when it comes to scientific data, sharing is best for the greater good.

Read the Ocean Portal Blog:  Do You Have The Answer? Sharing Big Data in the Gulf of Mexico

Read about the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative’s scientific data collection and legacy here.


GoMRI and the Smithsonian have a partnership to enhance oil spill science content on the Ocean Portal website.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies.  An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research.  All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available.  The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP.  For more information, visit

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