What is Ocean Today?

Ocean Today Kiosk

Ocean Today is an exciting, multimedia kiosk that features videos on all aspects of the ocean realm -- exploration and discoveries, marine life and science. It was originally designed for the Sant Ocean Hall in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History which opened in September 2008. Due to the popularity of the videos, Ocean Today kiosks are now located in dozens of aquariums, museums, and learning centers throughout the world. Check out our map to find a location near you to visit or watch the videos here. This website serves as online archive for those who are unable to experience it in person.

Find a Kiosk

Zoom in and click on the blue bubble for the name of the venue and a link to the associated website. Or follow us on Google Maps and track our upcoming locations.

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Get a Kiosk

Would you like a kiosk in your location? Here’s what you need to know. You are responsible for purchasing the equipment, installing software, connecting the display, and connecting to the Internet. The Ocean Today team takes it from there. All video content is provided by Ocean Today and distributed to each kiosk via the Internet.

Technology Requirements

Kiosk requirements are listed below.

Minimum Computer Specs

  • 2.6 Ghz or better CPU, running Windows 7 (32-bit only)
  • 4 Gb of RAM
  • Graphics card with 512 Mbs of video memory
  • Display supporting 1280x720 pixel screen resolution at 32 bit depth (millions of colors)
  • Stereo sound card
  • USB port
  • High speed Internet connection

Touch Screen Display

  • 42" or larger touch screen monitor is highly recommended

*** A regular computer display with a mouse or trackball can also be used.

Kiosk Display Software

  • enLighten (required)

Estimated Costs

Computer: $1,500
Touch Screen: $1,800
enLighten Software: $500

If you would like an Ocean Today kiosk contact Mike Shelby at oceankiosk@noaa.gov to get started.

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Contribute a Video

Want to see your video on the Ocean Today kiosk? If you have a video that meets the guidelines below, fill out a proposal form and submit to oceankiosk@noaa.gov. Download the form here.

Length

Videos should be no longer than 02:30 minutes.

Audience

Language and concepts should be appropriate for a general family audience or at a 6th grade reading level. Any scientific terms should be defined or placed in context in the script.

Editorial

Video should fit into one of the following categories and satisfy at least one of the seven Ocean Literacy Principles, and fulfill the stated educational goals.

  • Fix the Ocean
  • Marine Life
  • Exploration
  • Research
  • Go Fish
  • Danger Zone

The complete editorial guidelines can be viewed here.

Videos must be reviewed for scientific accuracy prior to submission. Images, video footage, and music must be owned in whole or licensed with express permission for use on the Ocean Today kiosk and website and not infringe upon the rights of any third party.

Review Process

All proposals and videos are reviewed and selected by an independent editorial review board. They are evaluated for accuracy, balance, relevance, and appropriateness in connecting with the six categories and Ocean Literacy Principles. If a video is not accepted an explanation will be provided and the contributor has the opportunity to revise or resubmit at any time. The Smithsonian Institution has final editorial control over all content appearing on the Ocean Today kiosk in the Sant Ocean Hall. Find our complete Editorial guidelines here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Shelby at oceankiosk@noaa.gov.

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