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An information technology platform for the Great Lakes

Coming in 2021


Contribute data and discover information


Simple Data Onboarding

Easily connect your observing device or other data source to Seagull and see it live. Share it with thousands of people around the Great Lakes.



Keep an eye on your devices or datasets, leveraging automated processing and alerts to stay on top of what’s going on in the water.


Information on Demand: Discoverable and Accessible

Understand the data and make smart decisions using search, a beautiful map, simple visualizations, and sharing. And, if you want to connect directly to the data with another app, take advantage of the flexible Seagull API.


The Great Lakes Observing System is developing Seagull to get lake data into the hands of more people than ever before, in support of the Smart Great Lakes Initiative.




Simple Data Onboarding

Getting data from devices and servers to you should be easy.

Seagull will streamline the process of connecting a data source so you can visualize it, learn from it, and share it. Monitor a whole fleet of observing assets and track their health, position, data streams, and hardware.

Beyond buoys and weather stations, the platform will also support forecast and predictive models, bathymetric surfaces, streaming internet of things (IoT) data, and a variety of other data formats, sources, and metadata.

Your public content will be shared with thousands of end-users including researchers, water utilities, and boaters. And Seagull’s standardized, accurate metadata means that it will be easy for others to search and discover your data, devices, and research, creating opportunities to connect and collaborate.


✔️ Device registration.

✔️ Metadata capture.

✔️ 24/7 data harvesting.

✔️ Fleet monitoring.

✔️ Application Programming Interface (API) inputs. What is an API?



Manage your data, enrich your research, and make better decisions with Seagull’s cloud-powered processing capabilities.

Secure data management, automatic processing, the ability to combine or reference other related data streams, and more, will make your data more powerful when uploaded to Seagull.

Want to know when conditions are ripe for an algal bloom? Set an alert and be notified on your smartphone the next time conditions are met.


✔️ Advanced data management

✔️ Uses secure, stable, and scalable infrastructure.

✔️ Automated processing.

✔️ Smart notifications and alerts.

✔️ Encrypted user authentication


Information On Demand: Discoverable and Accessible

Data isn’t useful until it becomes information in the hands of someone who needs it.

Seagull will transform data to information and make discovering and accessing that information easier and faster.

Observers can easily search, navigate the map, select and query data, visualize results, and share findings. If you want to connect another app to Seagull, the flexible API will let you do that, giving you access to all the datasets through a simple connection point.


✔️ Visualization and analysis.

✔️ Search and discover.

✔️ Access via API and download.

✔️ Apps and maps.

✔️ Sharing.



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Further reading: “Smart IoT platform ‘Seagull’ to usher in a new era of Great Lakes understanding for all”

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