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Seminar 20 June 2013


Date:        Thursday 20 June
Time:        1pm
Duration:  ~ 30 mins
Location:   Lecture Theatre, SARDI Aquatic Sciences Centre, 2 Hamra Ave, West Beach
Catering:   lunch to follow
Speaker:    Paul Malthouse, Research Officer, Oceanography, SARDI Aquatic Sciences

IMOS/AODN ocean data portals: what marine data streams are available, how to access data, and how to get involved in data sharing


Marine data streams are often costly, difficult to obtain and tend to be governed by strict funding constraints. As a result ocean/marine data streams are somewhat discontinuous and fragmented worldwide and are also usually held tightly by the institution, client or the individual that has funded the research. Consequently data sharing has not been that common between the broader science communities. However more recently the need to share data between groups and agencies to reduce costs has resulted in data sharing becoming more of a necessity.

The AODN and IMOS facilities are leading the way forward in marine data collection, storage and accessibility in Australia and the South Pacific region. The IMOS initiative has been federally funded to deliver two very specific outcomes. The first, to focus on establishing and maintaining a national marine observing system designed to develop a physical and biological marine climatology, utilising various monitoring platforms in vital regions throughout Australian waters. The second, to create a marine science community that is receptive to data sharing and provide ocean/marine data streams freely on the web. This has been achieved through the development of the IMOS and AODN data management infrastructures which store and provide format specific marine data and the essential accompanying metadata through online web-portals.

Here I will discuss the AODN/IMOS framework, the web-portals, what data is currently available, how to access it and how to become involved in the data sharing community.