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Data Management for the Ocean Sciences - Perspectives for the Next Decade

Steve Hankin(1), Luis Bermudez(2), Jon D. Blower(3), Benno Blumenthal(4), Kenneth S. Casey(5), Mark Fornwall(6), John Graybeal(7), Robert P. Guralnick(8), Ted Habermann(9), Eoin Howlett(10), Bob Keeley(11), Roy Mendelssohn(12), Reiner Schlitzer(13), Rich Signell(14), Derrick Snowden(15), Andrew Woolf(16)

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There is remarkable agreement in expectations today for vastly improved ocean data management a decade from now -- capabilities that will help to bring significant benefits to ocean research and to society. Advancing data management to such a degree, however, will require cultural and policy changes that are slow to effect. The technological foundations upon which data management systems are built are certain to continue advancing rapidly in parallel. These considerations argue for adopting attitudes of pragmatism and realism when planning data management strategies. In this paper we adopt those attitudes as we outline opportunities for progress in ocean data management. We begin with a synopsis of expectations for integrated ocean data management a decade from now. We discuss factors that should be considered by those evaluating candidate "standards". We highlight challenges and opportunities in a number of technical areas, including "Web 2.0" applications, data modeling, data discovery and metadata, real-time operational data, archival of data, biological data management and satellite data management. We discuss the importance of investments in the development of software toolkits to accelerate progress. We conclude the paper by recommending a few specific, short term targets for implementation, that we believe to be both significant and achievable, and calling for action by community leadership to effect these advancements.

1NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, USA,
2Southeastern Universities Research Association, 1201 New York Avenue NW, Suite 430, USA
3Environmental Systems Science Centre, University of Reading, Reading, UK
4International Research Institute for climate and society, Lamont Campus, Palisades NY 10964, USA
5NOAA/National Oceanographic Data Center, Silver Spring, MD, USA
6USGS, National Biological Information Infrastructure, 310 Ka`ahumanu Ave, Kahului HI, 96732, USA
7University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0446, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA
8University of Colorado Boulder, Campus Box 265, Boulder CO 80309 USA
9NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
10Applied Science Associates, 55 Village Square Drive, South Kingstown, RI 02879, USA
11Integrated Science Data Management, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 1202-200 Kent Street, Ottawa, K1A 0E6, Canada
12NOAA/PFEL, 1352 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA, USA
13Alfred Wegener Institute, Columbusstrasse, 27568 Bremerhaven, Germany
14USGS, 384 Woods Hole Rd. Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA
15NOAA/CPO/COD, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1202, Silver Spring, MD, USA, 20910
16STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, STFC e-Science Centre, RAL, Chilton, Oxon, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: Steven.C.Hankin@noaa.gov

This paper shall be cited as:

Hankin, S. & Co-Authors (2010). "Data Management for the Ocean Sciences - Perspectives for the Next Decade" 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.21

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