Bringing the Ocean to Society
28 Aug 2017
IOC says "culture change" is necessary to improve oceanographic data management
The IOC Strategic Plan for Oceanographic Data and Information Management is now available

The "International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE) programme of the "Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission" (IOC) of UNESCO, has released The IOC Strategic Plan for Oceanographic Data and Information Management (2017-2021) and is for all data collected in IOC programmes. IOC is a cooperating member of Eurocean. 

The vision is to achieve:

“A comprehensive and integrated ocean data and information system, serving the broad and diverse needs of IOC Member States, for both management and scientific use.”

The concept of delivering a data and information service for the “global ocean commons” (i.e. global public good) is central to this vision.

The IOC Data and Information System will provide seamless access to the real-time and delayed-mode oceanographic data and services across all IOC and related programmes, handling data from the point of collection, through processing and quality control, to archival and dissemination.

To ensure its success, the IOC Strategic Plan for Data and Information Management must achieve strong awareness, involvement, acceptance and recognition within and between IOC programmes, and with IOC partners. Efficient communication and outreach remain key elements of the Strategic Plan. Information about the Strategic Plan, its development, data and information centres, standards, and implementation progress must be made available in an easy to understand form. By reaching out and serving user communities (scientists, policy makers, managers, educators, students, industries and businesses) will result in data and information, including derived products, being easily discoverable and accessible and can be used in the most efficient and user-friendly way.

There are currently still major barriers to the efficient use and re-use of data, i.e. Open Data, and to overcome these, and make the best use of the new technologies available, a culture change is required.

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