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Name of Collaboratory :


Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE NOW)


URL :  

Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2008 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 3 2011 5:00am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Virtual Learning Community  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Distributed Research Center  

Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Oceanography, EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


COSEE Networked Ocean World (COSEE NOW) is building an online network of scientists and educators focused on using emerging Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) technologies and real time data for public education across a broad continuum including community colleges, the K-12 formal education community, and informal learning institutions. The COSEE NOW team – with investigators from Rutgers University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Liberty Science Center, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Word Craft, University of South Florida, and Monterey Peninsula College’s MATE program – surveys and confers with educators and scientists on their use of ocean data to build the community’s knowledge and skills in using real time data in education and public outreach. Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) represent an exciting new paradigm of internet-based ocean exploration. COSEE NOW’s research and development projects focus on facilitating communications between educators and scientists; developing new data products and professional development services to improve communications and promote collaboration; and co-creating quality education and media products for use with the general public.

Regional center for the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence collaboratory


Access to Instruments :


Access to Information Resources :

  Their annual scientist survey provides a ten-year story of the opportunities and challenges scientists see in working with COSEE and thinking about engaging and educating the public in their scientific research.

COSEE NOW has continued their emphasis on educating students and teachers, and the public on the availability and use of real time data. MATE’s Ocean Drifter project incorporates ocean technology, real-time data collection, and data sharing into a community college curriculum. Thirteen faculty from around the country participated in drifter data collection and activities, resulting in the incorporation of real time data collection into 19 different courses. COSEE NOW is continuing to explore how to expand the use of real time data across the spectrum of learning –from undergraduate classrooms to the floors of science centers and aquaria.

They have freely available on their Website educational materials, lesson plans, ocean observatory studies, online presentations, interactives, and resource guides and reports.

Access to People as Resources :

  Though the COSEE NOW network, formal and informal educators have mentored young scientists in their Communicating Ocean Science for Informal Audiences (COSIA) class taught at Rutgers University.

Perhaps one of their "proudest achievements" has been the involvement of scientists seeking the assistance of COSEE NOW in implementing their Criterion II projects. A network of approximately 100 scientists is now leveraging the COSEE NOW online infrastructure to engage with educator partners in effective education and public outreach.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations with Funded Participants:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Clarkson University
   Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (BIRE)
Project Partner
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
   Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (Rutgers) (IMCS)
Core Partner - Formal Education
Liberty Science Center
Core Partner - Informal Education
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC)
   Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE)
Project Partner
College of William and Mary
   Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Project Partner
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Core Partner - Research
Word Craft
Project Evaluator

Notes on Participants/Organizations:


Communications Technology Used :

  By leveraging the COSEE NOW online tools, more than 50 COSEE NOW scientists have shared their research through their professional podcast program, Ocean Gazing. These podcasts are designed to capture the personal stories of scientists and their work and help them make their science accessible to the public.

They also have a forum on their Website.

Technical Capabilities :

  Key Articles :    

Project-reported performance data :

  497 members
29 active members
30 updates
21 groups
13 blogs
62 blog comments
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