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Ocean Data Portal: A Standards Approach to Data Access and Dissemination

Greg Reed(1), Robert Keeley (2), Sergey Belov(3), Nikolay Mikhailov(3)

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Timely access to quality data is essential for the understanding of marine processes. The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme, through its distributed network of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs), is developing the Ocean Data Portal (ODP) to facilitate seamless access to oceanographic data and to promote the exchange and dissemination of marine data and services. The ODP provides the full range of processes including data discovery, evaluation and access, and delivers a standards-based infrastructure that provides integration of marine data and information across the NODC network. The key principle behind the ODP is its interoperability with existing systems and resources and the IODE is working closely with the Joint WMO-IOC (World Meteorological Organization-International Oceanographic Commission) Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) to ensure the ODP is interoperable with the WMO Information System (WIS) that will provide access to marine meteorological and oceanographic data and information to serve a number of applications, including climate. The ODP supports the data access requirements of all IOC programmes areas, including GOOS (Global Ocean Observing System), HAB (Harmful Algal Blooms) and the Tsunami warning system as well as JCOMM. The diverse data standards and formats that have evolved within the oceanographic community make data exchange complex and the IODE community has recognized standards are critical in defining how and what data is exchanged. To ensure the interoperability of data exchanged between the NODCs and the ODP, the IODE, together with JCOMM, has initiated a standards process that will support the accreditation and adoption of core standards by the marine meteorological and oceanographic communities.

1Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility, Level 2, Building 89, Garden Island, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
2ISDM (Integrated Science Data Management), 1202-200 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6, Canada
3All-Russian Research Institute of Hydrometeorological Information - World Data Center (RIHMI-WDC), 6 Koroleva Street, Kaluga District, OBNINSK 249035, Russian Federation

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This paper shall be cited as:

Reed, G., Keeley , R., Belov, S. and Mikhailov, N., (2010). "Ocean Data Portal: A Standards Approach to Data Access and Dissemination" 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.72

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