Since IODE-XXII (2013) every Session of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) has been preceded by a Scientific Workshop or Conference. This was also planned for IODE-XXVI in 2021, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic this was not possible and the IODE-XXVI Session was held as a fully online event.
The original host of IODE-XXVI (Poland) has kindly offered to host instead the “International Ocean Data Conference 2022 – The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want” in Sopot, Poland, which will be held between 14-16 February 2022.
More information on the conference: Since 1961, the IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme has promoted and facilitated the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, to meet the needs of users for data and information products. While this has resulted in the establishment of nearly 70 National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs) and Associate Data Units (ADUs) as well as global databases like the World Ocean Database (WOD) and Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) we have still not achieved a “global commons” for oceanographic data and information where users can easily find and retrieve the data and information they need.
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity. However, we are still facing serious global disparities in infrastructure and professional capacities in ocean research. To create more comprehensive systems for monitoring changes in environmental processes and their impacts on ecosystems and society, even deeper integration of multidisciplinary observation systems and improved models is required.
The ambition of the Ocean Decade in relation to data, information and knowledge management includes significant enhancement of infrastructure, common approaches that enable interoperable, transparent and accessible data sharing and stewardship, and enhanced collaboration between data providers, aggregators and users. Implementing a ‘digital ocean ecosystem’ to support the Ocean Decade will be a dynamic and continuous process, incorporating and evolving established approaches and technologies as well as those that are only just emerging.
IODE will contribute to the decade, inter alia, by developing the Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS). This “digital ecosystem” will catalyse cooperation between data generators, repositories, and users from diverse stakeholder groups, including governments, UN entities, scientists, planners and decision-makers, as well as industry and the public. The digital ecosystem and its component parts will support users in finding, accessing, understanding, and using raw and processed data, information and knowledge products that meet their specific needs.
The main objectives of this Conference will be (i) to consider regional and global strategies and policy needed to achieve the digital ecosystem; (ii) to discuss existing and required technological developments and their implementation; and (iii) to identify future directions in ocean data and information management. The mentioned objectives will furthermore be considered within the multi-sectoral vision of the Ocean Decade.
The expected outcome will be a Conference Declaration that will provide a number of actionable recommendations to the global ocean data and information, observational and management community aimed at realizing the implementation of the ocean data and information “global commons”by 20XX.
This conference is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund within the Oceanographic Data and Information System eCUDO.pl.