Ocean Data Interoperability Platform



ODIP is conducted by a consortium of international partners. These include a range of organisations and institutes from Europe engaged in the development and implementation of marine data management infrastructures. They are complemented by partners from the USA and Australia, who bring expertise to the project from their respective regions to give a non-European perspective on the topics being addressed by the ODIP project. The consortium also includes the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for the purposes of developing common standards and dissemination of the results of the project. The participation of IODE in the project will also establish a basis on which to build the ODIP collaborative platform which will be sustainable beyond the end of the project.

Through co-operation between these partners a collaborative platform has been implemented which facilitates the development of a common approach to marine data management that can be extended to other organisations and regions beyond the scope of the original consortium through proactive dissemination of the project outcomes.

ODIP provides a platform for an organised dialogue between major players in the EU, USA and Australia as well as international ocean data management communities with a clear focus towards seeking solutions.

This is facilitated by:

  • making inventories of existing standards and practices
  • publishing documentation about these existing standards and practices through the ODIP portal, and IODE‘s ODSBP website
  • organising regular joint workshops in which partners present details of existing standards and where a comparative process will take place in order to identify major differences between them, and propose how to overcome these through the development of interoperability solutions and/or common standards
  • development of prototypes for the purposes of testing and evaluating potential solutions for different disciplines such as physical oceanography, chemistry, geology and geophysics, and assessing the implications for their wider adoption
  • disseminating and promoting the ODIP activities as well as encouraging wider participation and adoption
  • ODIP will also actively participate in concertation activities and meetings related to e-infrastructures and other related areas including the participation and contribution to relevant working groups.
  • ODIP will also undertake activities to develop synergies with other related projects; specifically this will be focussed on other related projects in the marine research area including EMODnet

To achieve its aims the ODIP work plan comprises 5 Networking Activities including project management, knowledge exchange in the field of marine data management infrastructures from the perspective of Europe, USA and Australia including establishing standards  and best practice for data management, development of interoperability solutions to facilitate sharing of marine data and dissemination.

These ODIP work packages are summarised below:

Project Management (Lead by NERC): including provision of project support through the establishment of an ODIP project office, facilitating consortium and steering committee meetings, delivery of periodic progress reporting and the development and maintenance of links to other projects and initiatives. This work package is led by NERC (BGS) with technical support from partner MARIS, both of which are experienced in leading EU funded initiatives through involvement with other projects including SeaDataNet, Geo-Seas, EMODNET and One Geology.

ODIP Workshops (Lead by HCMR): building on the collaborative relationships between partners in Europe, USA and Australia to develop a co-ordinated approach to the harmonisation of marine data management infrastructures. A total of four joint workshops will be held in which partners will review and compare existing marine data standards in order to identify major differences between them, and propose how to overcome these through the development of interoperability solutions and/or common standards. The documentation describing the existing standards and services to be reviewed by participants during the workshop will be prepared and provided to partners via the ODIP portal prior to the start of the workshops. Following each workshop the results, conclusions and actions will be input directly into the WP3 for the purposes of prototype development. The outcomes of the ODIP workshops will also contribute to objectives of the iCORDI project as real examples of community lead collaborations that feed directly in to the activities of the High Level Scientific Forum (HLSF) and Data Interoperability Task Force (DAITF).

ODIP Prototypes: developed for the purposes of testing and evaluating potential solutions for solving the marine data management issues identified within different disciplines including physical oceanography, chemistry, geology and geophysics, and assessing the implications for their wider adoption. These prototypes will be based on the outcomes of the ODIP workshops planned as part of WP2, and will be defined for both general services such as data discovery and common vocabularies, as well as for more discipline specific issues.

Impact assessments of prototypes: this work package will conduct an analysis of the impacts for users of adopting the prototypes developed in WP3. The implementation of these solutions may have significant implications for existing systems that require modifications to be made to operational marine data management infrastructures. WP4 will analyse the potential impacts of adopting these solutions at a local, regional and national level and produce a strategic report outlining the options for adopting these solutions within the timescales and scope of the ODIP project.

Dissemination, exploitation and communication: the activities undertaken by partners in this work package will ensure that the ODIP project has a high profile within the user community and that the objectives and outcomes of the project are disseminated as widely as possible to relevant stakeholders with the objective of encouraging wider participation and adoption of the common standards/practices and interoperability solutions that are developed by the project. This dissemination will be achieved through a variety of channels including a website, social media, posters & leaflets, journal articles, presentations at relevant conferences/workshops and through direct publication of the documentation about the standards and practices through the ODIP portal, IODE‘s ODSBP website and through contributions to the Data Web Forum (DWF). An exploitation plan and strategy for further continuation of the ODIP platform will be put in place to ensure that the developments and synergies established by the ODIP project consortium are maintained beyond the lifetime of the project.

workflow diagram



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].