The Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) project aims to establish an EU / USA / Australia/ IOC-IODE coordination platform the objective of which will be achieving the interoperability of ocean and marine data management infrastructures, and to demonstrate this coordination through several joint EU-USA-Australia-IOC/IODE prototypes that would ensure persistent availability and effective sharing of data across scientific domains, organisations and national boundaries.
Specific objectives are:
- Build consensus, trust and co-operation between European, US and Australian partners in order to have a co-ordinated approach towards the harmonisation of the marine and ocean data management infrastructures that can be applied and adopted globally
- To make an inventory of standards from on-going EU,USA, Australian and IOC/IODE initiatives such as the:
- SeaDataNet, Geo-Seas, EMODNet, MyOcean, JERICO, EUROFLEETS;
- US NODC, MMI, R2R, Q2O, UNIDATA, US-IOOS, DMAC, US NODC;
- JCOMM/IODE Ocean Data Standards
- Identify, publish and compare existing standards used by the partners for the formats of metadata, data, and data products.
- Identify, publish and compare existing standards used by the partners for vocabularies andontologies.
- Identify, publish and compare existing standards used by the partners for quality flags.
- Identify, publish and compare existing protocols used by the partners for data and data product discovery, viewing and download services.
- Identify, publish and evaluate existing software tools used by the partners for editing, quality control, conversion, analysis, and presentation of data.
- Identify, publish and compare existing policies and mechanisms used by the partners for data and data product access and administration.
- Explore options for interoperability solutions and/or common standards, differentiating between possible short term and 'easy wins‘ and the longer term efforts.
- Develop a number of prototypes for testing and evaluating selected 'easy wins‘ for interoperability solutions and/or common standards for different marine disciplines, such as for oceanography, chemistry, geology and geophysics.
- Consideration of the possible impact of the wider adoption of selected common standards and interoperability solutions for integration into the national and regional systems
- Identify and formulate issues, that cannot be solved at this time and scale, but require future larger scale projects
- Contribute to laying an improved foundation for the engineering of the IODE Ocean Data Portal
- Disseminate best practice, the transfer of standards, know-how and technology via a joint ODIP portal, and the JCOMM/IODE's Ocean Data Standards project