Information Technology Services

The Information Technology Services (ITS) group provides broad technical services in support of the Center's needs in communications, computing, data management, and more. It is organized into two support groups—the System Administrators and the Systems Design Team. The System Administrators are responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and upgrading computer hardware, soft ware, networking, communications, and related infrastructure and ensuring Center compliance with growing IT security requirements. The System Design Team is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of databases and related software applications to support the Center's scientific and administrative programs.

System Administrators

Laptop computers for traveling staff are regularly screened 
        to ensure the security of the Center's networks and information assets.
Laptop computers for traveling staff are regularly screened to ensure the security of the Center's networks and information assets.

During 2009, System Administrators maintained and enhanced IT infrastructure for Center staff in the face of significant logistical challenges, including the continuing dispersal of scientists to work centers away from the Dole Street facility. Expansion of staff at the Kapiolani Boulevard work site required augmented networking capability and other onsite IT support there. Upgrading of office trailers for Coral Reef Ecosystem Division staff at the Kewalo Research Facility required installation of IT systems in the new trailers and connections into the PIFSC network. Likewise, the growth of staff at Dole Street required installation of power and network connectivity for a new office trailer. Finally, System Administrators provided significant support to Center staff in software installation and maintenance, including regular rollouts of mandatory security patches. Several accomplishments of System Administrators in 2009 are noteworthy:

  • Upgraded connectivity between PIFSC work sites. Procurement and installation of an EIPDS circuit allows offices to communicate with each other at 10 mb per second.
  • Implemented LANDesk soft ware package that allows soft ware security patches to be pushed to users' computer systems and enables remote administration of those systems.
  • Enabled the connection of Macintosh computers into our network and expanded support for Macintosh computing across the Center.

Systems Design Team

The ITS Systems Design Team helps Center scientists, data managers and administrators complete their missions by designing and building cost-effective, time-saving information management solutions. It provides database design and management expertise and develops and maintains databases and related applications. While the team's primary responsibility is with PIFSC, it also provides critical data systems support to the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office and participates actively in cross-regional partnerships including the NOAA Fisheries' Enterprise Data Management program and the national Fisheries Information System.

In 2009, the Systems Design Team worked on several key projects to improve scientific and administrative information systems at the Center. Among notable accomplishments were the following:

  • Designed, developed and implemented a Web application and database to help manage the Center's accountable property.
  • Designed, developed and implemented Phase I of the Hawaiian Archipelago Bottomfish Sampling database, including data tables, data views and history tables. Users were trained in database design principles, Web-based data entry and data retrieval using Data Trawler.
  • Worked with staff of the Protected Species Division to revise the Turtle Data Processing System. Completion is scheduled for late 2010.
  • Consulted with data managers in the Protected Species Division on a plan for Phase I of the revised monk seal database.
  • Made significant enhancements to Web applications for the Center's personnel system and budget system. Security measures were increased in the Oracle databases.
  • Made enhancements to Data Trawler, an application enabling online access of PIFSC staff to Oracle databases for research and monitoring.
  • Developed, tested, deployed, and supported a Web application enabling noncommercial bottomfish fishers in Hawaii to report their catches online.
  • Worked with other NOAA Fisheries staff to publish official application guidelines and data requirements for vendors seeking to develop electronic versions of the Hawaii longline fishery logbook.
  • Continued to provide support for the Longline Observer Data System used by PIRO to monitor the Hawaii longline fishery.
  • Continued projects to modernize the Hawaii Longline Logbook Data System and integrate multiple fisheries-dependent data sources. Developed integrated data products derived from U.S. longline logbook statistics and landings records to support mandatory reporting of U.S. fishery statistics to regional fishery management organizations.
  • Continued to develop and support the InPort Metadata Catalog, the software tool now being used by NOAA Fisheries to inventory and document the agency's data holdings. InPort currently contains more than 4000 information assets cataloged by 10 NOAA Fisheries components and partner organizations.
Last updated July 26 2011