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Ocean and Coastal Data Stewardship

Margarita Conkright-Gregg(1), Michele Newlin(1), Sharon LeDuc(2), Robert Keeley(3), Nick D'Adamo(4)

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As the ocean community looks to the next decade of ocean observations, end-to-end data management must be considered as an integral part of the design of any ocean observing system. Ocean data stewardship ensures that observations deliver the maximum service to society. Ocean data stewardship means more than mere mechanical or electronic acts of data archiving and transfer. It consists of an integrated suite of functions to preserve and realize the full value of environmental data. Data stewards and data providers need to work toward standardization of vocabularies and formats, quality and complete metadata, and making the archival and dissemination of data a part of the initial design of an observing system. These functions must be successfully implemented to ensure optimal use of oceanographic data and information, both now and in future.

1U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, U.S.A
2National Climatic Data Center, 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801-5001, U.S.A
3Integrated Science Data Management, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 200 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0E6
4Perth Regional Programme Office of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) , 1100 Hay Street, West Perth 6005, Western Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: Margarita.Gregg@noaa.gov

This paper shall be cited as:

Conkright-Gregg, M., Newlin, M., LeDuc, S., Keeley, R. and D'Adamo, N., (2010). "Ocean and Coastal Data Stewardship" 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.18

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