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Ocean Data Dissemination: New Challenges for Data Integration

J.D. Blower(1), S.C. Hankin(2), R. Keeley(3), S. Pouliquen(4), J. de la Beaujardière(5), E. Vanden Berghe(6), G. Reed(7), F. Blanc(8), M.C. Gregg(9), J. Fredericks(10), D. Snowden(11)

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In the decade since OceanObs '99, great advances have been made in the field of ocean data dissemination. The use of Internet technologies has transformed the landscape: users can now find, evaluate and access data rapidly and securely using only a web browser. This paper describes the current state of the art in dissemination methods for ocean data, focussing particularly on ocean observations from in situ and remote sensing platforms. We discuss current efforts being made to improve the consistency of delivered data and to increase the potential for automated integration of diverse datasets. An important recent development is the adoption of open standards from the Geographic Information Systems community; we discuss the current impact of these new technologies and their future potential. We conclude that new approaches will indeed be necessary to exchange data more effectively and forge links between communities, but these approaches must be evaluated critically through practical tests, and existing ocean data exchange technologies must be used to their best advantage. Investment in key technology components, cross-community pilot projects and the enhancement of end-user software tools will be required in order to assess and demonstrate the value of any new technology.

1Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading, RG6 6AL, United Kingdom
2NOAA/PMEL, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA, USA
3Integrated Science Data Management, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Canada, K1A 0E6
4BP 70, 29280 Plouzané, France
5National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1100 Wayne Ave #1225, Silver Spring MD 20910 USA
6Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8521, USA
7Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility, Level 2, Building 89, Garden Island, Potts Point, New South Wales 2011
8Space Oceanography Division, CLS, Ramonville-St-Agne, France
9U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center, 1315 East-West Highway, # 4820, Silver Spring, MD 20910
10Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02540
11NOAA/Climate Program Office, Silver Spring MD, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: j.d.blower@reading.ac.uk

This paper shall be cited as:

Blower, J. & Co-Authors (2010). "Ocean Data Dissemination: New Challenges for Data Integration" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 1), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.05

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