Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tabby Keefer's Third Week PRIME Experience

This week I indulged in a variety of things. One of my favorite activities consisted of learning how to use Adobe Premiere CS6 Pro. Not only did I learn the ropes of this program, but I was able to create a video editing (still images and video snippets) protocol. Another highlight of this week consisted of a group discussion on the scientific paper Detection of Spatial Variability in Relative Density of Fishes...This paper is a mirror project of what ODFW is trying to do with the data they've received, which I will talk about in this blog.


First of all, I would like to provide the link for the Oregon Marine Reserves Flickr page, <>. This was created by my lovely mentor Stacy Galleher. My main focus this week has been more of a research task, I've been looking into a program Flickr partnered with called The Creative Commons (CC).

To make things simple, the CC is a company that rose in 2002 in order to make a shift  in the standard copyright movement. Basically any form of art (pictures, music, etc.) can be uploaded into this public domain; the material is free to anyone. The CC partnered up with Flickr a few years back, which allows Flickr users to upload images to the CC competitively. What I mean by this, is only the best images stay.

What does this has to do with ODFW and their Flickr page? Our goal is to promote positive marine reserve images as much as possible. Using CC is very tentative at this point, but it's something that needs to be looked into none the less. These processes are part of community engagement.

I captured this image from an under water video clip. This is an experimental lingcod meme that could be used as an outreach tool. Feedback would be greatly appreciated!


Why would I need to use Premiere? The answer is simple, it's an excellent tool to observe underwater data. This week I reviewed dozens of videos (with a variety of ODFW staff) from local areas such as Seal Rock and Alsea. One of the main goals for this data set is to eliminate counfounding factors, or biases in data.

To make things simple, I'm watching lander video drops with an average duration of fifteen minutes. Data analysis sheets are used when the videos are analyzed. These data sheets include: visibility (how well you can see underwater), view (the span of which you can see), rockfish species observed , certain invertebrate species, the time the lander lifts from the water and a few other details. If a video is too low of a quality, or the camera is tipped, the data cannot be used!

This is part of the "video cave" at ODFW's South Beach Annex. This is the area where I get to watch under water video while recording data on paper.

The ultimate point in this data collection is to determine fish behaviors around monitoring equipment. For example, we might determine that a canary rockfish only comes into view five minutes after the lander drops to the ocean floor. ODFW needs to analyze more data in order to reach a conclusion. Luckily, I get to be a part of this project!


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