Data Integration and Informatics

Significant investment has been made in a range of ocean data, modeling and analysis at regional, national and global scales. A key challenge remains, however, in the integration, accessibility, discoverability and transformation of data. This requires integration of satellite and in situ data and the delivery of data to diverse users.

GEO Blue Planet Working Group

GEO Blue Planet is planning to form a working group on data integration and informatics in 2018. This working group will present data and products to users in ways that are relevant to their interests and needs. This will be achieved through the use of modern data interoperability, integration and visualisation methodologies and will leverage the various efforts – such as the GEO Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IOC/IODE) – that are being made in the semantic web and linked open data domains. Most importantly, this will not replace or duplicate existing efforts. This component will work with existing projects and initiatives to value add and integrate, allowing greater data discovery, access and reuse for a variety of purposes including comprehensive world ocean assessments. User groups expected to benefit from this component include the ocean observing community, scientists and the end-users of ocean observations. The activities of this component will add value by:

  • Providing discoverable, integrated and accessible ocean observation data
  • Providing a framework to enable comprehensive world ocean assessments
  • Building on and adding to GEOSS infrastructure


Related Links

GCI - The Group on Earth Observations System of Systems Common Infrastructure (GCI) allows the user of Earth observations to access, search and use the data, information, tools and services available through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.

ODIP -The Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) contributes to the removal of barriers hindering the effective sharing of data across scientific domains and international boundaries.

IODE - The programme "International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission works to enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products.

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