Ocean Data Interoperability Platform


The ODIP partnership brings together organisations from 3 regions, Europe, USA and Australia, that are leading in developing, operating and managing the large infrastructructures in their regions for marine & ocean data management. ODIP is also joined by the project office of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme of the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC-IODE) of UNESCO. IOC/IODE is promoting the development of standards, formats and methods for the global exchange of oceanographic data and information and is developing the Ocean Data Portal (ODP) which has a global perspective.

The EU funded project is coordinated by British Geological Survey (BGS), while the technical coordination is performed by Marine Information Service (MARIS).

The following tables give all ODIP partners in alphabetical order per region Europe, USA and Australia. Clicking on a name will provide additional information about the organisation from the European Directory of Marine Organisations (EDMO), which is maintained by SeaDataNet. Within the framework of ODIP also the USA and Australia have populated EDMO with relevant organisations from their countries that are engaged in marine research and marine data acquisition and management activities.

The consortium from Europe brings together organisations from 9 countries, riparian to the European seas. They are highly skilled and have been actively engaged in ocean and marine data management for in situ and satellite data for decades, and have expertise in information technology (IT) developments, new IT standards, such as ISO, OGC, SOAP, developing scientific and integrated data and information products and marine modelling as well as one international organization (IOC/IODE) which has been coordinating ocean data and information centres around the world for 50 years. These organisations are leading experts in the on-going SeaDataNet, Geo-Seas and EMODNet projects which are striving to develop a robust and operational pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine ocean data management. This unique group of professional partners has contributed to and are participating in the data management structures of a wide range of European and international projects, such as EURONODIM, Sea-Search, MEDAR/MEDATLAS, I-SEAS, SESAME, Black Sea SCENE, ECOOP, MerSea, MOON, HERMES, EUR-OCEANS, HUMBOLDT, MyOcean, Upgrade Black Sea SCENE,  Geo-Seas, SIMORC, MarBEF, EurOBIS, EUROFLEETS, Euro-Argo, JERICO, EMODNet pilots, JGOFS, WOCE, Argo, OceanSites, Geo-Seas, OneGeology Europe, SeaDataNet II and many others. This  network of interrelationships between the various initiatives will ensure the participation of many other marine data centres in Europe in the discussions mediated by the ODIP platform .

52°North Spatial Information Research GmbHGermany
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Geophysics DepartmentGermany
All-Russia Research Institute of Hydrometeorological Information, World Data Centre, National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC)Russian Federation
Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting SystemSpain
British Geological Survey (Keyworth)United Kingdom
British Oceanographic Data CentreUnited Kingdom
CNR, Institute for atmospheric pollution (IIA), MonterotondoItaly
CSIC, Marine Technology UnitSpain
ENEA Centro Ricerche Ambiente Marino (La Spezia)Italy
Flanders Marine InstituteBelgium
German Oceanographic DatacentreGermany
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Hellenic National Oceanographic Data CentreGreece
IEEE France SectionFrance
Ifremer, Scientific Information Systems for the seaFrance
Marine Information ServiceNetherlands
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS, Division of OceanographyItaly
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS, Infrastructures DivisionItaly
PANGAEA, Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental ScienceGermany
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Belgian Marine Data CentreBelgium
TNO Geological Survey of the NetherlandsNetherlands
University of Liège, GeoHydrodynamics and Environment ResearchBelgium



The US counterparts comprise various partners that are engaged in US developments in the oceanographic domain, both in the research sector and government, such as the IOOS, DMAC, USNODC, Marine Metadata Initiative (MMI), Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R), and Quartod to OGC (Q2O). In addition ODIP is joined by US government organisations, that are active in the development of Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and running the US National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC). This participation by major US players will ensure that a wide US community will be reached and engaged in the ODIP activities.


Florida State University, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction StudiesUnited States
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia UniversityUnited States
NOAA, National Geophysical Data CenterUnited States
NOAA, WDC For OceanographyUnited States
San Diego Supercomputer CenterUnited States
Scripps Institution of OceanographyUnited States
U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing SystemUnited States
UnidataUnited States
Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionUnited States



The Australian counterparts comprise various partners that are engaged in realising a national Australian ocean and marine data infrastructure, such as the Integrated Marine Observing System - IMOS and Australian Ocean Data Network - AODN. This participation by major Australian initiatives will ensure that a wide Australian community will be reached and engaged in the ODIP activities..


Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australian Antarctic Division, Department of the Environment, Australian GovernmentAustralia
Australian Institute of Marine ScienceAustralia
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research OrganisationAustralia
Geoscience Australia, Department of Industry and Science, Australian GovernmentAustralia
Integrated Marine Observing SystemAustralia
Royal Australian Navy, Department of Defence, Australian GovernmentAustralia




UNESCO, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Project Office for IODEBelgium



This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no [312492] and continued funding from the European Union's HORIZON 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no [654310].