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Data management for the ocean sciences - perspectives for the next decade

Hankin, S., Bermudez, L., Blower, J. D., Blumenthal, B., Casey, K. S., Fornwall, M., Graybeal, J., Guralnick, R. P., Habermann, T., Howlett, E., Keeley, B., Mendelssohn, R., Schlitzer, R., Signell, R., Snowden, D. and Woolf, A. (2010) Data management for the ocean sciences - perspectives for the next decade. 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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To link to this item DOI: 10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.21


There is remarkable agreement in expectations today for vastly improved ocean data management a decade from now -- capabilities that will help to bring significant benefits to ocean research and to society. Advancing data management to such a degree, however, will require cultural and policy changes that are slow to effect. The technological foundations upon which data management systems are built are certain to continue advancing rapidly in parallel. These considerations argue for adopting attitudes of pragmatism and realism when planning data management strategies. In this paper we adopt those attitudes as we outline opportunities for progress in ocean data management. We begin with a synopsis of expectations for integrated ocean data management a decade from now. We discuss factors that should be considered by those evaluating candidate “standards”. We highlight challenges and opportunities in a number of technical areas, including “Web 2.0” applications, data modeling, data discovery and metadata, real-time operational data, archival of data, biological data management and satellite data management. We discuss the importance of investments in the development of software toolkits to accelerate progress. We conclude the paper by recommending a few specific, short term targets for implementation, that we believe to be both significant and achievable, and calling for action by community leadership to effect these advancements.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Environmental Systems Science Centre
ID Code:17757

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