Using the NeCTAR research cloud to develop national on-line services to annotate and analyse underwater imagery: SQUIDLE+ and GlobalArchive

Dr Roger Proctor1, Dr Timothy Langlois2, Dr  Ariell Friedman3, Mr Brendan Davey4

1Imos, Hobart, Australia,

2UWA, Perth, Australia,

3Greybits, Sydney, Australia,

4TPAC, Hobart, Australia


Fish image annotation data, is currently collected by various research, management and academic institutions globally (+100,000’s hours of deployments) with varying degrees of standardisation and limited formal collaboration or data synthesis. We present a case study of how national on-line services, developed within the NeCTAR Marine Sciences Cloud, have been used to annotate habitat images and synthesise fish annotation data sets collected using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and  baited remote underwater stereo-video (stereo-BRUV).

Two developing software tools have been brought together in the science cloud to provide marine biologists with a powerful service for image annotation. SQUIDLE+ is an online platform designed for exploration, management and annotation of georeferenced images & video data. It provides a flexible annotation framework allowing users to work with their preferred annotation schemes. we have used SQUIDLE+ to sample the habitat composition and complexity of images of the benthos collected using stereo-BRUV. GlobalArchive is designed to be a centralised repository of aquatic ecological survey data with design principles including ease of use, secure user access, flexible data import, and the collection of any sampling and image analysis information. To easily share and synthesise data we have implemented data sharing protocols, including Open Data and synthesis Collaborations, and a spatial map to explore global datasets and filter to create a synthesis.

These tools in the science cloud, together with a virtual desktop analysis suite offering python and R environments offer an unprecedented capability to deliver marine biodiversity information of value to marine managers and scientists alike.


Roger Proctor has been the Director of the Australian Ocean Data Network of the NCRIS Integrated Marine Observing System since 2011. He is a NeCTAR Board member, co-leader of the Marine Virtual Laboratory and co-leader of the Marine Sciences Cloud. He has a PhD in coastal oceanography from the University of Liverpool, UK.

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