Ocean Data Interoperability Platform

Major outcomes of the 1st ODIP project 

27 October 2015

The activities in the three ODIP protype developments have resulted in a number of highly significant results:

  • the GEOSS portal and the IODE-ODP portal have been populated with data collection entries as harvested and brokered from the three regional SeaDataNet (Europe), US NODC (USA) and AODN (Australia) data discovery and access services as a result of ODIP 1;
  • the SeaDataNet Cruise Summary Report (CSR) metadata profile and schema have been adopted by R2R (USA) and NMF (Australia) within the framework of ODIP 2, leading to the population of the POGO CSR catalogue with an initial set of CSRs for US Research Vessels and a first CSR entry for Australia;
  • ODIP 3 has resulted in a closer cooperation and alignment between multiple European, Australian and USA projects on SWE for the marine domain, leading to synergies, initiation and adoption of common vocabularies, and a basis for continued activity in the ODIP II follow-on project.

These results and related activities have been reported in detail and with illustrations where relevant, in deliverable D3.4 'Results and conclusions from Prototype Analyses'. Furthermore, results and major progress has been achieved with three cross-cutting themes: Vocabularies, Data Publishing and Citation, and Unique persistent identifiers for researchers. These themes are highly relevant for data management in general and in particular for harmonising metadata and data descriptions and achieving semantic interoperability between different regional systems through mappings and ontologies as applied and demonstrated in the three ODIP prototype developments. Data publishing/citation and the assigning of persistent identifiers to data sets are very relevant for encouraging researchers to release and publish their data sets in scientific literature and obtaining academic credit by means of citations. These are reported in deliverable D3.3 ‘Cross-cutting themes’.

The ODIP workshops and prototype developments as part of the first ODIP project have provided an insight into possible common standards and/or interoperability solutions. However implementing these solutions in practice might have significant implications for the operational systems. Their adoption may require modifications throughout the existing system from the portal to the distributed data providers. The deliverable D4.2 “Final strategic analysis” reports on the analyses conducted to identify the possible impacts and potential solutions for the adoption of the prototype interoperability solutions and the associated standards by the regional data infrastructures. The report also includes a proposed action plan to address issues that have been identified by the impact analysis.

The ODIP activities are continued as part of the ODIP II contract.



This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no [312492] and continued funding from the European Union's HORIZON 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no [654310].