Monday, November 13, 2017

Digitization of Oceans Reference Architecture TOC

For a sense of where I am going with this series of posts describing a reference architecture for the digitization of oceans, please consider this "table of contents". As I complete items in the list, I will update this TOC;
  1. Introduction - summary of why a series of posts describing a digitization of oceans reference architecture.
  2. What is a reference architecture? - summary of the existing online descriptions of reference architecture and why it is important to building a strong technology ecosystem.
  3. A plethora of end points - with new Internet of Things (IoT) end points coming available with increasing frequency we look to how many sensor types are available to an oceans reference architecture and some examples of how they are being used. I've included a couple more posts describing end points, as I deepened my research I felt the descriptions needs to be expanded to include what is happening as end-points in the oceans and in the air.
  4. Communications - description of the current state of data communications above and below the oceans surface. And why it matters to the reference architecture.
  5. Messaging Standards - the structure of the data packages (or messages) between the endpoints is a very important attribute of a successful reference architecture.
  6. What is the digitization of oceans? - a high level description of the digitization of oceans. This will detail the breadth and depth of what is considered the digitization of oceans. This description should also consider the intersection of the different ecosystems of; business, innovation, and knowledge.
  7. What is a digitization of oceans reference architecture? - comprehensive diagram of the entities within the oceans reference architecture with detailed description of each item and their connections (digital or otherwise).
  8. The importance of good governance - the dynamic nature of innovation within the digitization of oceans will cause many elements of the reference architecture to be changing. To encourage interoperability at all levels (technical and otherwise) having good governance will be paramount for success.
  9. The economic value to be found in the oceans reference architecture - why is a reference architecture valuable for community, business, innovation, etc. And why Atlantic Canada should be a major contributor or primary steward of the reference architecture.
  10. How to create the digitization of oceans reference architecture - what is the road map in completing the first release of a digitization of oceans reference architecture. I purposely say first release as this reference architecture will need constant tending as new technologies and capabilities come available.
Keep in mind this is meant to kick off a conversation about creating a reference architecture for the digitization of oceans. This is NOT something I want to do on my own, or believe I could do effectively on my own without contributions from others and a few years of focused effort. I really want engagement across Atlantic Canada to discuss the idea of creating this reference architecture and to become stewards of the reference architecture as it is used globally for the benefit of everybody.

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