The name “data dollies” was a tongue-in-cheek way of calling attention to the essential yet unglamorous work these mostly young, college-educated women performed while not at sea. When the instruments came back to the lab, the data was transferred to nine-track tapes stored in WHOI’s computer vault. Half a day later, the data was transformed from strings of 1s and 0s to representations of the speed and direction of ocean currents. Essentially, the \"data dollies\" were doing a job that today’s computers perform in the blink of an eye. So we were part of the buoy group, not secretaries.”For many of the \"data dollies\", going to sea was the most alluring part of the job.