Ocean Science & Sustainable Development

With the onset of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a surge of activity focusing on ocean observation, operations, commerce, socio-economics, and culture will generate data with greater complexity, depth, and volume than ever before. However, the diverse ocean communities building new digital resources have widely variable capacities and visions in implementing the FAIR principles. As a result, entirely valid, but local/regional, FAIR implementations will still lack global interoperability. There is a considerable need to align the policies and practices across independent technologies and systems.

To this end, this case study will leverage the progress made by the Ocean InfoHub and Ocean Data and Information System (OIH, ODIS), launched by International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

The AWI/Helmholtz partner (whose personnel chaired the technical implementation of ODIS) will examine how the ODIS Interoperability Architecture (ODIS-Arch) being piloted with regional partners can be coordinated with other case studies and central guidelines of CODATA and RDA to support digital policy alignment. The key objective will be to ensure policies support regional and local specificity, but allow the concrete implementation of global FAIRness around key (meta)data types. Through these actions, this case study aims to sustainably interface the ODIS digital ecosystem with many others.


Ocean Science Featured Outputs

D11.1An assessment of the ocean data priority areas for development and implementation roadmap

After an introduction to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO’s Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS), the report summarises an evaluation of FAIR Implementation Profiles and FAIR Enabling Resources compiled from across WorldFAIR case studies. It then synthesises supplementary insights obtained through a survey distributed across project partners, and identifies a pathway to implement sustainable cross-domain (meta)data flows to inform and support the current development of the Cross-domain Interoperability Framework (CDIF), a major output of WorldFAIR.

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