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

Sally Mizroch sally.mizroch at noaa.gov
Fri Nov 9 08:31:48 PST 2007

Hi all, 

Right now both days of the Digital Techniques workshop are entirely filled,
but I may be able to get a extra room for day 2 (28 Nov), the hands on
workshops and demos day.  

If there's enough interest, I can get all the wait-listed people into the
workshop and open it up for additional folks.  The workshop cost is $30 in
advance (through PayPal) or R200 at the door

If you'd like to participate in Day 2 and haven't e-mailed me yet, please
get back to me as soon as possible, or by Monday (12 Nov) at the latest.

You can find the workshop schedule at the link below and at the end of this


Best regards, 



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:  <mailto:Sally.Mizroch at noaa.gov> 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

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

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