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  • IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Twenty-fourth Session Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-31 March 2017.

    IOC Project Office for IODE (UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODEParis, France, 2017)
    The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange held its Twenty-fourth Session (IODE-XXIV) at the Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 28 and 31 March 2018. The Session was preceded by a 1-day scientific workshop on 27 March 2017. The IODE Session was attended by 67 participants from 31 IOC Member States and 5 Organizations. The Session adopted 4 decisions (+ 2 draft decisions for the IOC Assembly) and 6 recommendations. The decisions concerned (i) the establishment of a new IODE management structure (replacing the IODE officers; (ii) project and activity performance evaluation procedures; (iii) the establishment of an inter-sessional working group to finalize a concept paper on the IOC data and information system (ODIS); and (iv) revision of the terms of reference for the IODE QMF to accommodate the ADUs. In addition, draft decisions were prepared for the IOC-XXIX regarding the IOC strategic plan for data and information management (2017-2201) and for the IOC communication and outreach strategy for data and information management. The 6 recommendations concern (i) revised terms of reference of the Joint IODE/IAMSLIC GE-MIM in a transitional capacity; (ii) the renewal of the MoU for the IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium; (iii) the establishment of a new pilot project OBIS-EVENT-DATA; (iv) the ODINWESTPAC project; (v) the IODE Associate Information Units (AIUs); and (vi) the IODE work plan and budget for 2017-2019. The Committee re-elected Ms Cynthia Chandler (USA) and Mr Yutaka Michida (Japan) as IODE Co-Chairs.
  • IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, Twenty-second Session, Ensenada, Mexico, 11-15 March 2013.

    IOC Project Office for IODE (UNESCOParis, 2013)
    The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange held its Twenty-second Session (IODE-XXII) at the "Centro Social, Civico y Cultural Ensenada", Ensenada, Mexico between 11 and 15 March 2013. The Session was attended by 78 participants from 37 IOC Member States and 14 organizations. The Session adopted 20 recommendations that provided a clear path to IODE’s restructuring and re-organization. The key recommendations established a joint IAMSLIC-IODE group of experts on marine information management, an ocean data standards and best practices project and associated clearing house for data/information management practices, the IODE Associate Data Unit and IODE Global Data Assembly Centres as new structural elements, the IODE Quality Management Framework, and also revised the IODE objectives. The Committee adopted a work plan and budget that, taking into account the UNESCO financial crisis, would be based mainly on income from extra-budgetary sources. The Committee re-elected Ms Sissy Iona (Greece) and Mr Ariel Troisi (Argentina) as IODE Co-Chairs.
  • IODE Steering Group for MEDI: Third Session Drexel University Philadelphia, USA 11-13 September 2006.

    IOC for UNESCO (UNESCOParis, 2006)
    The Marine Environmental Data Information Referral Catalogue (MEDI) is a directory system for datasets, data catalogues and data inventories developed by IODE. The IODE Steering Group for MEDI was established to support the MEDI system. During its Third Session the Steering Group discussed the implementation of a marine community profile of the ISO 19115 metadata standard. The marine community profile developed by the Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility will be disseminated for comment through a new IODE metadata discussion list. The Steering Group will review comments received and recommend a marine profile for MEDI. The Steering Group agreed that governance of vocabularies used by MEDI should be responsibility of the MarineXML group. The Steering Group also discussed cooperation with the JCOMM Water Temperature Metadata (META-T) Pilot Project and agreed that SG-MEDI can assist the META-T Pilot Project by providing discovery metadata tools and format and also with the technical governance of controlled vocabularies.
  • IODE Group of Experts on Marine Information Management (GE-MIM), Twelfth Session, Miami, USA, 22-25 January 2013

    IOC for UNESCO (UNESCOParis, 2013)
    3. Report on intersessional activities: 3.1 Implementation status of the GE-MIM-xiwork plan 3.2 Matters arising from IODE-XXI and the IODE officersmeeting (2012) 3.2.1 Matters arisen from IODE-XXI 3.2.2 Matters arisen from the 2010 officers meeting 4. Strategic issues 4.1 Possible impact of changes in IODE structure and terms of reference on MIM 4.2 Proposal for the establishment of the joint IODE-IAMSLIC joint group of experts on marine information management (IODE-IAMSLIC GE-MIM) 4.3 GE-MIMmembership issues 4.4 IODE national coordinators for MIM: status 4.5 MIMcommunication strategy (revision 2014-2015) 4.6 IOC strategic plan for oceanographic data and information management 4.7 MIM at IODE-XXII 4.8 Cooperation with data management 4.8.1 SCOR/IODE/MBL WHOI data publication project 4.8.2 Research coordination network (rcn):OceanObs 4.8.3 Cooperation OBIS with MIM 5. Capacity building 5.1 ODINs 5.1.1 ODINAfrica 5.1.2 ODINEcet 5.1.3 ODINSarsa la (SPINCAM-II, Oceandocs) 5.1.4 ODIN-Pimris 5.1.5 ODIN-Westpac 5.2 Mentoring programmes and internships 5.3 OceanTeacher and MIM 6. IODE/MIM products and tools 6.1 GE-MIM involvement in IODE product development 6.2 e-repositories (Oceandocs, Aquatic Commons) and related (eg AVANO) 6.3 OceanExpert 6.4 Open Science Directory 6.5 New initiatives 6.5.1 IODE clearing house for data and information practices 6.5.2 Visualizing geospatially enabled bibliographies: using Google Earth and Geocommons 6.5.3 Oceanknowledge platform 7. GE-MIM-XII work plan for the next intersessional period 8. Election of GE-MIM chairperson 9. Dates and place of the next session
  • IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, twenty-first session Palais des Congrès, Liège, Belgium, 23-26 March 2011

    IOC for UNESCO (UNESCOParis, 2011-04-29)
    The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange held its Twenty-first Session (IODE-XXI) at the Palais des Congrès, Liège, Belgium between 23 and 26 March 2011. The Session was attended by 74 participants from 36 IOC Member States and 7 organizations. The Session’s outcomes included: (i) the further steps towards the adoption of OBIS by IODE, including the recommended establishment of an IOC Project Office for IODE/OBIS; (ii) the continuation of the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium; (iii) a statement on the IODE role in the ICSU World Data System; (iv) the planned further expansion of OceanTeacher to include a wider range of IOC disciplines as well as the recommended development of a 5-year training plan; (v) the planned revision of the IOC Strategic Plan for Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (2012-2015). The Committee elected Ms Sissy Iona (Greece) and Mr Ariel Troisi (Argentina) as IODE Co-Chairs.
  • IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, Twentieth Session, China People's Palace, Beijing, China, 4-8 May 2009

    IOC for UNESCO (UNESCO, 2009-05-14)
    The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange held its Twentieth Session (IODE-XX) at the China People’s palace Hotel in Beijing, China between 4 and 8 May 2009. The Session was attended by 67 participants from 35 IOC Member States and 4 organizations. The Session’s highlights included: (i) IODE Ocean Data Portal: good progress was reported in the development of the IODE ODP Project but more NODCs should contribute as data providers. IODE must also work with other portal projects, such as SeaDataNet, to ensure interoperability between these different systems as NODCs cannot be expected to install multiple portal applications; (ii) OBIS: the committee expressed its opinion that OBIS should become part of the IODE programme prepared a statement for the attention of the 25th Session of the IOC Assembly; (iii) the Groups of Experts have submitted an extensive work plans for the next two year; and (iv) ODINWESTPAC has developed a comprehensive work plan and this should ensure the further expansion of the work of IODE in this region. In addition there was renewed interest in reinvigorating the ODINCINDIO and ODINCARSA projects. The Committee further discussed the need to organize specific activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IOC in 2010, and of the IODE in 2011. The Committee re-elected Dr Malika Bel-Hassen Abid (Tunisia) and Mr Gregory Reed (Australia) as IODE Co-Chairs.
  • Fifth session of the International Oceanographic Commission

    IOC for UNESCO (UNESCO, 1966)
    The IOC Working Group on International Oceanographic Data Exchange met at Charlottenlund castle from 31 March to 2 April 1966 with Dr. John B. Tait in the chair. The meeting was welcomed by Mr. H. Tambs-Lyche, Secretary-General of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). After the selection of Mr. Charles D. Sauer (Canada) as Chairman to take office at the close of the present meeting, and designation of Professor W.S. Wooster (SCOR) as Rapporteur.
  • Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA)

    IOC; UNESCO (UNESCO, 2007)
    The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) brings together marine related institutions from twenty five (25) Member States of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO from Africa.The earlier phases of development of ODINAFRICA aimed at enabling member states from Africa to get access to data available in other data centres, develop skills for manipulation of data and preparation of data and information products, and develop infrastructure for archival, analysis and dissemination of the data and information products. The goal of the current phase of ODINAFRICA is to improve data flows into the national oceanographic data and information centres in the participating countries, develop data and information products required for integrated management of the coastal areas of Africa, and increase the delivery of services to end users. The network has assisted the Member States to establish and operate National Oceanographic Data and Information centres, and in particular: to get access to data available in other data centres, develop skills for manipulation of data and preparation of data and information products, and develop infrastructure for archival, analysis and dissemination of the data and information products. Each of the participating institutions has developed a suite of data and information products that have been quality controlled, merged and availed through project website ( These include: Directories of marine and freshwater professionals, Catalogues of marine related data sets, Marine Species data bases, library catalogues, catalogue of marine related publications from/about Africa. The three thematic work packages being implemented in the current phase of ODINAFRICA are: (i) Coastal Ocean Observing System, focusing on upgrading and expanding African network of sealevel stations, provision of near real-time observations of ocean variables, and building adequate capacity for analysis and management of sea-state variables, (ii) Data and Information Management, focusing on further development and strengthening of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) to manage data streams from the coastal ocean observing network, and Integrating biogeographic and hydrological data steams into NODC systems, and (iii) Product Development and end user communication and information delivery, focusing on identification of end users of marine/coastal data/information products and their requirements, identification and development of set of core products to be prepared by each NODC, development of the African Marine Atlases, improvement of atmospheric and oceanic monitoring databases, promotion and dissemination of outputs of the project, and assessment of the impacts of products on the end-user.
  • Executive Summary Report

    IOC; UNESCO (2005)
    After an introductory paragraph this document contains all decisions adopted by the Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange at its eighteenth session as follows: Section 1: decisions made by the IODE Committee under each agenda items; and Section 2: Four Resolutions and eight Recommendations adopted by the IODE Committee. This Executive Summary is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The full summary Report of the session is published in English only. In accordance with IOC Rule of Procedure No.48.3, the report of this major subsidiary body is submitted to the IOC Assembly at its 23rd session in June 2005 for endorsement.
  • An Ocean Theme for the IGOS Partnership

    IOC/UNESCO (2000)
    The Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership (IGOS-P) established, in 1999, a thematic approach to the implementation of the IGOS. Recognising that other themes will emerge, the “Ocean Theme” was chosen to be the “pathfinder” in this approach and an Ocean Theme Team was assembled to formulate guidance. One goal of the Ocean Theme Team is to consider and study the full range of current and planned observations, while identifying potential gaps in future observations that might compromise ocean observational records. This document presents a proposed set of long-term ocean observations and identifies a number of challenges for the improvement of knowledge about both the oceans and observing techniques. The overall strategy is to create an observing system for the oceans that serves the research and operational oceanographic communities. The set of observations is based on an evaluation of the range of requirements that have already been presented by GOOS, GCOS, and GODAE. The next five years must include development of institutional structures committed to (1) managing the total data flow (in situ as well as satellite); (2) managing the production, distribution and quality assessment of relevant data products; and (3) working with end-users to ensure that the evolving system is responsive to their needs. It is also recognised that observation protocols evolve with time and, therefore, that the stated observational requirements will need to be reviewed in future. It is the recognised applications that ultimately drive the shape of the requirements for the ocean observing system. The observations on which we focus here are needed to address important issues in ocean science, and through combinations of measurements and models, to support the production of an extensive range of products for a broad community of users. The applications are directly linked to societal needs, including among other things numerical weather prediction, seasonal-to-interannual climate forecasts, and climate assessment. The data are needed for deriving fields of information about the ocean and for initialising and validating the models used to derive other products. Aside from observations we also need to improve, through the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) and the Ocean Biology Project, how we assimilate the data into models.

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