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Download informational flyer (pdf).
The web site http://www.noaa.gov/sciencemissions/bpoilspill.html provides data related to the April 20, 2010, BP oil spill. The oil spill arose from an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig, at the location 28.44oN, 88.23oW. Below is a compilation of the data available at that site:
The EPA web site http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/download.html provides water chemistry data focused on petrochemical products, sampled near the coastline in the months since the oil spill. Here is the data:
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has been collecting data on affected wildlife. This is data from http://gomex.erma.noaa.gov/erma.html :
Keep checking this space for more data. If anything more comprehensive or directly related to oil products emerges we'll post it here!
The aim of the data expo is to provide a graphical summary of important features of the data set. This is intentionally vague in order to allow different entries to focus on different aspects of the data, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
To enter the competition you need to submit a poster to the data expo session at the 2011 JSM (more details to follow closer to the time). As well as a printed poster, you're also welcome to bring along your laptop to present interactive/animated components. After the JSM, we'll also organize a special journal issue (tentatively, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis) where you can submit a paper that describes your methodology in more detail.
Student entries and/or group entries are welcome. If the competition garners sufficient entries we will award separate prizes for student submissions. Educators may want to incorporate this competition as a class project.
The use of dynamic and/or interactive graphics is likely to be very useful, at least in the exploration of the data. This is encouraged, and we will attempt to provide support for laptops within the poster session so that dynamic/interactive graphics can be included in the poster presentation.
There will be cash prizes awarded to the best posters (as judged by a panel of experts). As well as the honour and glory, the best entries will receive an invitation to publish their work in a journal article.
To receive updates about the data expo challenge, please sign up to the competition mailing list. This mailing list will be used highlight changes to the website or data, and remind you of deadlines.