The world’s oceans cover more than a 70% of the Earth’s surface, and while we know quite a bit about them, rely on them heavily for travel and shipping, and respect their ecological importance, we have yet to truly harness their powers for communication. For all that we have worldwide communications, there are still untapped resources and isolated areas that would benefit from oceanic communication technology. The tides may soon be changing as scientists shore-up surefire ways to integrate communication technology into the fathoms below.
I recently attended two symposiums (USEUCOM and C-Sigma - TEXAS V) where the subject of "Data Sharing" was discussed. As I looked around the room, it struck me that for different groups, the term “data sharing” conjures up very different feelings. From an Administration's perspective, Data Sharing means equal access between partners in order to further collaboration and advance the cause whether that cause is security, defense, ecological, meteorological, etc. But from the Data Provider’s perspective Data Sharing equals Bankruptcy!