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IODE International Ocean Data Conference: 14-16 February 2022

In the framework of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme (IODE), the International Ocean Data Conference 2022 ‘The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want’ ended yesterday 16th February, after 3 days of a dense programme. Held online and in Sopot (Poland), the hybrid workshop was the occasion to discuss what the IODE System has been doing or needs to plan to concretise the specific Ocean Decade ambition of implementing a ‘digital ocean ecosystem’. This latter is the dynamic and continuous process of incorporating and evolving established and emerging approaches and technologies aimed at creating the “global commons” for oceanographic data and information. In this web-based environment users can easily find and retrieve the data and information they need. With this in mind, the main objectives of the Conference were to consider strategies and policy needed as well as existing and required technological developments, and perspectives of ocean data and information management.

EMODnet Chemistry extensively participated in the conference showing how the initiative has currently been contributing to the improvement of the marine litter monitoring processes and to the implementation of global ocean data management.

The conference was divided into 5 sessions as follows:

  • 1. Global Strategies and Policy
  • 2. Implementing The Digital Commons
  • 3. Looking Forward
  • 4. Delivering a Transformative Data Eco-System for The Ocean Decade
  • 5. Conference Declaration and Closing

The Conference outputs will be used to draw up a Conference Declaration with actionable recommendations to the global ocean data and information, observational and management community aimed at realising the implementation of the ocean data and information “global commons”.

Matteo Vinci from OGS, marine litter data manager for EMODnet Chemistry and other projects, took part in the sub session 2.3 ‘Data Science: scientific insight through data management’. Vinci showed the presentation entitled ‘How the marine data management at European scale can provide quality datasets to evaluate marine litter issues and contribute to the improvement of the existing monitoring processes’.

Regarding the recommendations for the Conference Declaration, Vinci highly suggested to:

  • 1. Consider data management as a pillar of good research and monitoring;
  • 2. Start from consolidated studies and best practises to avoid “reinventing the wheel”;
  • 3. Optimise workflows and resources though strong data pre-ingestion quality controls;
  • 4. Standardise and/or harmonise measurement/monitoring protocols;
  • 5. Use common or harmonised glossaries, vocabularies and ontologies for data interoperability;
  • 6. Foster stakeholder-oriented data management;
  • 7. Stress the relevance of data management in assessing the effectiveness of mitigation measures;
  • 8. Enforce the importance of data analysis to highlight data features, gaps and needs.

Alessandra Giorgetti from OGS, scientific coordinator of EMODnet Chemistry, participated in the sub session 3.3 ‘Expanding the pool: new partnerships (private sector, other digital stakeholder groups’. Giorgetti showed the presentation entitled ‘harmonising and consolidating in Europe for a global engagement’.

Giorgetti, as a member of the IOC/IODE Inter-sessional Working Group to propose a Strategy on Ocean Data and Information Stewardship for the UN Ocean Decade (IWG-SODIS), highly recommended that:

  • 1. the IWG-SODIS keeps on taking steps forward to concretize the vision of the Strategy, which is one of the top priorities of the UN Ocean Decade: A global data stewardship culture that supports a sustainable ocean by managing, interlinking, and providing access to global stores of interoperable data and information;
  • 2. Thanks to the strategy, The WG reveals all data potential and value: being the pillar of relevant information and policy-making;
  • 3. To set out the Strategy, it follows the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable data), the CARE principles (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics), and the TRUST principles (Transparency, Responsibility, User Focus, Sustainability, and Technology), and the data policies of international initiatives;
  • 4. It helps draw up a single universal data policy for international ocean data based on the Open Science principle “as open as possible and as closed as necessary”;
  • 5. It helps define and use universal data sharing best practises, e.g. the data have to be timely shared online with minimal restrictions, enriched with a complete and agreed set of metadata, including information on the data policy, and be interoperable thanks to legitimated standards.

Go to the EMODnet Central portal to read all about the contribution of EMODnet thematic and data ingestion experts to the conference.

Have a look at the programme of the Conference and its posters section.