International Oceanographic and Information Data Exchange
Established in 1961, the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) is a worldwide service-oriented network of Designated National Agencies (DNAs), National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs), Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centres (RNODCs) and World Data Centres – Oceanography (WDCs).
During the past 50 years, IOC Member States have established over 80 oceanographic data centres in as many countries. This network has been able to collect, control the quality of, and archive millions of ocean observations, and makes these available to Member States.
IOC’s IODE programme has, for many years, provided substantial support to narrow the ‘digital divide’ that still exists between developing and developed countries. Through an integrated capacity building programme that combines training, equipment and operational support, Member States in developing regions will continue to be assisted in order to ensure their active participation in the global network for Oceanographic Data Centres.
The UK has been a very active participant in IODE, particularly via the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), contributing both to its implementation and strategic development. In turn, the UK has been able to ensure that its own data management procedures meet international standards. A number of marine data centres exists in the UK and, under the auspices of the Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) a marine data and information partnership (MEDIN) is in place, which is improving inter-operability across a number of government and devolved administration organisations.