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“Tools of Science: Data as a Tool” (watch on YOUTUBE, 6 minutes and 12 seconds, all ages)

For scientists, data is perhaps the most important tool for discovery. Data is what makes testing hypotheses and running experiments possible. But just like any tool, data needs to be used correctly. It’s important to not only know how the data is collected but also how to analyze it after it’s been collected. In this video, we explore why data is critically important to the scientific process, what makes good data, and how to use data correctly. We’ll also look at what makes the OOI (Ocean Observatories Initiative) so revolutionary when it comes to data collection.

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