The Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS) provides an interoperability layer and supporting technology to allow existing and emerging ocean data and information systems, from any stakeholder, to interoperate with one another. This enables and accelerates more effective development and dissemination of digital technology and sharing of ocean data, information, and knowledge. As such, ODIS is a collaborative solution to interlink distributed systems for common goals. Together with global project partners and partners in the three regions, a process of co-design is underway, enabling a number of global and regional nodes to test the proof of concept for the ODIS, and work together on the documentation.
The ODIS-architecture development is being supported by the Ocean InfoHub Project, and it will be tested initially on IOC and partner databases. However, the system and standards are open for any institution or initiative that is interested in accessing the global data ecosystem to adopt and implement.
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18 project partners are fully operational nodes in ODIS, and are contributing openly discoverable content to the Ocean InfoHub knowledge graph. Work is underway with several other partners to also bring their holdings into the graph.
The ODIS “Catalogue of Sources” aims to be an online browsable and searchable catalogue of existing ocean related web-based sources/systems of data and information as well as products and services. It will also provide information on products and visualize the landscape (entities and their connections) of ocean data and information sources.
It will contribute to the objectives of the Agenda 2030, and in particular the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
The Catalogue is not an ocean database or metadata repository. The catalogue includes descriptive information such as the URL, title, description, language, point of contact, geographic scope, available technologies for machine-to-machine interaction, keywords, etc. and can be searched on many of these fields.