Ocean data dissemination: new challenges for data integration
Blower, J. D., Hankin, S.C., Keeley, R., Pouliquen, S., de la Beaujardiere, J., Vanden Berghe, E., Reed, G., Blanc, F., Gregg, M.C., Fredericks, J. and Snowden, D. (2010) Ocean data dissemination: new challenges for data integration. In: Hall, J., Harrison, D. E. and Stammer, D. (eds.) Proceedings of OceanObs’09: sustained ocean observations and information for society. Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009. ESA. (ESA Publication WPP-306)
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In the decade since OceanObs `99, great advances have been made in the field of ocean data dissemination. The use of Internet technologies has transformed the landscape: users can now find, evaluate and access data rapidly and securely using only a web browser. This paper describes the current state of the art in dissemination methods for ocean data, focussing particularly on ocean observations from in situ and remote sensing platforms. We discuss current efforts being made to improve the consistency of delivered data and to increase the potential for automated integration of diverse datasets. An important recent development is the adoption of open standards from the Geographic Information Systems community; we discuss the current impact of these new technologies and their future potential. We conclude that new approaches will indeed be necessary to exchange data more effectively and forge links between communities, but these approaches must be evaluated critically through practical tests, and existing ocean data exchange technologies must be used to their best advantage. Investment in key technology components, cross-community pilot projects and the enhancement of end-user software tools will be required in order to assess and demonstrate the value of any new technology.