Ocean Data and Information Management

The generation of data and information is the basis for progress in scientific research and discovery. Standards and formats are necessary to ensure inter-comparability of data. This enables scientist to compare their results with others, and also build on previous work. In realizing this, the IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme is working to facilitate and promote the exchange of oceanographic data and information. Under this context, series of activities have been implemented in 2014 and 2015, within the framework of the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA), initiated by IODE. The project - Integrating Data and Information Products and Services for the Management of Oceans and Coastal Zones in Africa, funded by the Government of Flanders-Belgium, was launched to promote sustainable management of marine and coastal resources, as well as reduce the risks of ocean related hazards, based on sound scientific knowledge. A wide range of ocean data and information products and services at both national and regional levels were developed including: catalogues of libraries of marine institutions; electronic repository of marine related publications from/about Africa; directory of marine and freshwater experts and institutions from Africa; a catalogue of on-going and completed marine related projects implemented along the African coastline; the African Register of Marine Species; and African Coastal and Marine Atlases. These can be accessedthrough the website www.odinafrica.org.

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