[MARMAM] Digital Techniques Workshop at the Biennial Marine Mammal Conference (27-28 Nov)

Sally Mizroch Sally.Mizroch at noaa.gov
Mon Nov 5 11:37:48 PST 2007


Hi all, 
There may be a few slots open for the Digital Techniques Workshop (Seminar
and Teaching Modules) scheduled for 27-28 November before our next biennial
conference (see schedule at the link below and at the end of this e-mail).

http://sally.mizroch.googlepages.com/digitaltechniquesprotocols

Please contact me if you'd like more info or if you'd like to be put on the
list.  

Best regards, 
Sally
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Sally A. Mizroch
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
National Marine Mammal Laboratory
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 4
Seattle, WA  98115, USA
voice: (206) 526-4030
fax:  (206) 526-6615
e-mail: Sally.Mizroch at noaa.gov
Digital Techniques Workshop
Presentations/Round Table Discussion, Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Seminar Schedule	
9:00 am to 9:15 am	Introduction/Opening Remarks	
9:20 am to 9:45 am	Tim Cole 
Small Format Photogrammetry of North Atlantic Right Whales off the
Northeastern US	
9:50 am to 10:45 am	Sally Mizroch
Digital Integration and Digital Photo Matching:  Integrating Digital Still,
GPS and Whale Biopsy Data	
10:45 am to 11:00 pm	Coffee Break	
11:00 am to 11:25 pm	Groch
A specifically designed database for storage of marine mammal stranding data

11:30 pm to 12:30 pm	Fulton
Non-invasive Tracking Using Inexpensive GPS and Wireless Technologies	
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm	Round Table Discussion of Field Data Gathering
Technologies:  Questions, Answers, Hopes and Dreams	
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm	Lunch 	
2:00 pm to 2:25 pm	Pearson
Finscan as a Tool to Match Dolphin Dorsal Fin Images	
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm	Mizroch
FlukeFinder: A Do-it-Yourself Categorical Photo-ID Matching Database	
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm	Coffee Break 	
3:45 pm to 5:00 pm	Round Table Discussion:  Databases and Matching
Approaches:  Questions, Answers, Hopes and Dreams	

Hands on Teaching Modules, Wednesday, 28 November 2007
	Workshop Schedule	
9:00 am - 10:30 pm		DIGITS 	Finscan 	Photo-ID/Digital DB
Integration	Non-invasive tracking with Pocket PC	
10:30 pm - 11:00 pm		Coffee Break	
11:30 pm - 1:00 pm		DIGITS 	Finscan 	FlukeFinder	GIS
Visualization and Analysis	
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm		Lunch	
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm		DIGITS 	Finscan 	Photo-ID/Digital DB
Integration	Non-invasive tracking with Pocket PC	
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm		Coffee Break	
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm		DIGITS 	Finscan	FlukeFinder	GIS
Visualization and Analysis	
DIGITS: Software to Process, Match and Track Digital Images and Data for
Individual Identification Studies
Description:  The DIGITS software (Digital Image Gathering and Information
Tracking System) will be demonstrated
Finscan as a Tool to Match Dolphin Dorsal Fin Images
Description:  The computer software Finscan operates in conjunction with
Microsoft Access to match dolphin dorsal fin images according to the pattern
of nicks and notches found on the fin edge.  Participants will work with an
existing database of dusky dolphin fins to learn the steps involved in
setting up a Finscan database, tracing fin images, and matching fin images.
Participants will also look at examples of individual dolphins which have
been photographically tracked since 1998. 
Photo-ID and Digital Database Integration:  Integrating Digital Still, GPS
and Whale Biopsy Data into a Field Database
Description:  The integrated use of 3 simple software programs (photo EXIF
editing, database and GPS capture) improves the accuracy of field data
collection and streamlines the analysis of whale biopsy and
photo-identification data.  Participants will work with real data (their own
or a teaching set provided) to learn how to quickly label photo-ID photos
and import the photo data directly into a database that they build
themselves during the workshop session.  See this link for step by step
instructions:
http://sally.mizroch.googlepages.com/NMMLDigitalPhotoProtocol.pdf
FlukeFinder:  A Do-it-Yourself Categorical Photo-ID Matching Database
Description:  FlukeFinder, the new digital version of the humpback whale
matching system that researchers at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory
have been using for over 20 years, is very simple to build, use and modify.
Matching examples will be presented from the database of 29,000 images
(9,000 digitized images so far) dating back to the late 1960s, showing both
long-term matches (e.g. a whale first photographed in 1972 was seen as
recently as June 2007) and matches to poor and partial photos.  
Non-invasive tracking with Pocket PC:  Designing and Building a Non-invasive
Tracking System
Description:  A step-by-step description of the design, construction and use
of WhaleTrack - a practical standards-based system using Pocket PC, GPS and
Bluetooth wireless technologies.  Lessons learned.
GIS Visualization and Analysis   Visualizing and Analysing Data Using a
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Description:  GIS affords insights unobtainable with databases and
spreadsheets. Step-by-step guide to creating and publishing interactive maps
and animations from your data using ArcMap, with hands-on lab using
real-life data. [If bringing a laptop contact convener to pre-install
software.]

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