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AquaDocs: New open access data and research repository

Date: 27 August 2021

The recently launched AquaDocs is the new joint open access repository of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, through its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), and the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC), with support from the FAO Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA).

AquaDocs will benefit research communities and society at large by making aquatic and marine science information FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

It offers a repository platform to organizations and individuals without the infrastructure to support their own, also providing capacity development opportunities for the global ocean data and information communities.

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AquaDocs interface

AquaDocs has been created by merging content from OceanDocs (IODE) and Aquatic Commons (IAMSLIC), two existing repositories with similar foci and overlapping user communities. By combining efforts to fund and operate one repository, AquaDocs offers a more streamlined and sustainable solution.

The hosted Open Repository software, used by AquaDocs, offers several new features, including a multilingual interface, user export of metadata, sharing of items through social media, usage statistics and Altmetrics, author profile pages, batch uploading of metadata with PDFs, and a metadata quality module.

AquaDocs is the result of cooperation between various institutions, notably the Joint Repository Working Group with membership from the Aquatic Commons Board, OceanDocs Steering Group, IODE Project Office, and FAO ASFA Secretariat. WorldFish is responsible for the beautifully designed logo and branding.

If you are interested in depositing publications into AquaDocs or have other questions about the new repository, please email us at: