The OIH Project commenced in April 2020. The project has established platforms, reporting mechanisms and communication channels for project management. An expert technical working group has been convened (with over 30 technical experts from partner projects and pilot regions) led by a chair and co-chair, with working platforms on Slack and Github.
Three regional communities of practice (Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific Small Island Developing States) have been established with coordinators and technical representatives on the overall OIH Technical Working Group. The development of the ODIS-architecture is underway, and will continue to evolve and be guided by project partners and advisors in a co-design process. A number of pilot partners have been identified to demonstrate proof-of-concept of the ODIS architecture.
The OIH Project has five work packages:
- WP1: Project management and coordination
- WP2: Technology development
- WP3: Establishment and initial support of the global hub and regional nodes
- WP4: Training and capacity development of the nodes
- WP5: Communication, user marketing and feedback
Beneficiaries of the Project will include:
- Scientists (academic and private sector)
- Government agencies/policy makers
- IOC global and regional programmes
- IODE National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs), IODE Associate Data Units (ADUs) and IODE Associate Information Units (AIUs)
- UN agencies, International Governmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Industrial and commercial enterprises
These user groups are also those who provide content to the Ocean InfoHub system. This will enhance the self-driven nature of the system and thus ensure its sustainability beyond the lifespan of the project. Furthermore, the distributed approach will allow further expansion of the “partner network” with new content providers as well as users, thereby further enriching the content ecosystem.
The initial technical focus of the ODIS-architecture will be on six themes:
- Experts and institutions/organizations
- Spatial data and maps
- Research vessels
- Education and training opportunities