iode-xxiii-4

Recommendation IODE-XXIII.4

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE IODE PILOT PROJECT EXPANDING OBIS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL DATA (OBIS-ENV-DATA)

The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange,

Noting that data collected for biological studies (ecosystem functioning, ecological niche modelling, climate change, etc ) includes, most of the time, biological, physical and chemical measurements but that these datasets often are split and sent to different data repositories,

Recommends the establishment of OBIS-ENV-DATA as a pilot project of IODE, with limited duration (2 years), and with the terms of reference as attached in annex A to this Recommendation,

Recommends the establishment of the IODE Steering Group for OBIS-ENV-DATA, with the terms of reference as attached in annex B to this recommendation,

Invites OBIS nodes, NODCs and ADUs to express their interest in joining this new activity by sending a letter (by email) to the Steering Group co-chairs before 31 July 2015,

Recommends that the membership of the project should involve at least 5 institutions from 3 different regions.

Annex A to Recommendation IODE-XXIII.4

Terms of Reference of the IODE OBIS-ENV-DATA Project

Objectives

The main objectives of this project are (i) to ensure mixed data sets stay together, (ii) to demonstrate that OBIS nodes, NODCs and ADUs, that hold mixed data sets, can collaborate on the joint management and exchange of biodiversity observation data including environmental measurements, and (iii) to show what the benefit of this approach is for marine sciences, biological analysis and modelling.

This project will also investigate how these mixed datasets can additionally flow to regional and global data repositories such as OceanDataPortal, World Ocean Database, SeaDataNet, etc.

The project will report to the IODE-XXIV session on the procedures, guidelines and recommendations to take this activity to a next phase, including prospects for financing, and the relationship with other regional and global data systems.

Partnership

The following institutions expressed interest:

Annex B to Recommendation IODE-XXIII.4

Terms of Reference of the IODE Steering Group for OBIS-ENV-DATA (SG-OBIS-ENV-DATA)

Objectives

The Steering Group coordinates the project, and members report on the activities and progress towards the expected outcomes, or problems encountered, as defined in the workplan. In particular, the Steering Group will develop the procedures, guidelines and recommendations to take this activity to a next phase, including prospects for financing, and the relationship with other regional and global data systems. The co-chairs will report to the IODE Officers and the IODE Committee.

Membership

The Steering Group membership includes a representative of each participating institution and will be co-chaired by Francisco Hernandez (Head Data Centre, VLIZ) and Ward Appeltans (Project Manager, IODE/OBIS secretariat).