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Evolution in Data and Product Management for Serving Operational Oceanography, a GODAE Feedback

F. Blanc(1), V. Baralle(2), J.D. Blower(3), E. Bronner(4), P. Cornillon(5), Jeff deLaBeaujardière(6), C. Donlon(7), A. Gemmel(3), S. Hankin(8), R. Keeley(9), O. Lauret(10), T. Loubrieu(11), I. Petiteville(12), S. Pouliquen(13), M. Price(14), T. Pugh(15), A. Srinavasan(16)

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The GODAE (Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment) project has operated for a decade to establish a common definition and description of what is a GODAE ocean data product, and tuned each production center to routinely serve quality-controlled ocean data. A legacy of GODAE has been in harmonizing the various products and the development of essential and generic functions to connect users to products tackling the problem of both the diversity of ocean data and volume of data flows. The European directive 'Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) and the IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) Data Management And Communication plan issues (DMAC) have defined the (distributed) architecture to serve data geospatially referenced. Since 2007, the two of them enter the implementation phase, addressing 3 technical issues to solve the problem of interoperability between software applications, across different organization: the metadata, the ontology, and the service bus. Pursuing their quest, the GODAE community is setting up large size structuring / implementation projects or programs in Europe. Those projects work on previously-addressed issues, with the goals of sharing expertise, reducing production costs, and producing high-quality, well-described, peer-reviewed datasets. Data sets are referenced in a central system which is developing an interoperable interface to discover, access and view them. The near future will also see a strong move towards "operationalization" of the various data systems and the management of the timelines/accessibility criteria. The main challenge, however, for the future success of operational oceanography, is dependent upon the community to work together, to maintain a network of experts and to agree upon common approaches. The community therefore expresses recommendations or priority actions on how they envisioned the next steps in harmonization/standardization to help forge and tied up the links as well as to go on the convergence of solution and tools for efficient and sustainable marine core services.

1Space Oceanography Division, CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), 8-10 rue Hermès, 31526 Ramonville, St-Agne, France.
2JRC (Joint Research Centre), via Enrico Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra, Italie
3Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading, Harry Pitt Bld, 3 Earley Gate, Reading, RG6 6AL, UK
4Satellite Altimetry and Localisation Programme/Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES), 18, av. Edouard Belin, 31401 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France)
5Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, South Ferry Rd., Narragansett, RI O2882 USA
6Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1100 Wayne Ave., Ste. 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA
7ESA/ESTEC (European Space Agency/European Space Research and Technology Centre), Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ, Noordwijk The Netherlands
8Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), 7600 Sand Point Way N.E. Seattle, WA 98115-6349, USA
9DFO-MPO (Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Pêches et Océans Canada), 12W082 - 200 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6 Canada
10Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) - Space Oceanography Division, 8-10, rue Hermès, 31520 Ramonville Saint-Agne, France
11IFREMER (French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea/Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer) , BP 70, 29280 Plouzané, France
12ESA/ESRIN (European Space Agency/European Space Research Institute), Via Galileo Galilei, Frascati 00044, Italy
13IFREMER (French Institute for Exploitation of the Sea/Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer) , BP 70, 29280 PLOUZANE, France
14Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter EX1 3PB, United Kingdom
15Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, GPO Box 1289, Melbourne, Vic 3001 Australia
16Rosenstiel School, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: fblanc@cls.fr; olauret@cls.fr

This paper shall be cited as:

Blanc, F. & Co-Authors (2010). "Evolution in Data and Product Management for Serving Operational Oceanography, a GODAE Feedback" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.05

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