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International Ocean Data Conference 2022 - The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want

Date: 6 October 2021

The International Ocean Data Conference 2022 – The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want - will be held in Sopot, Poland, between 14-16 February 2022 as a hybrid event.

Organized by the IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), the Conference will have three main objectives: (i) to consider regional and global strategies and policy needed to achieve the digital ecosystem; (ii) to discuss existing and required technological developments and their implementation; and (iii) to identify future directions in ocean data and information management.  The mentioned objectives will furthermore be considered within the multi-sectoral vision of the Ocean Decade. 

The expected outcome will be a Conference Declaration that will provide a number of actionable recommendations to the global ocean data and information, observational and management community aimed at realizing the implementation of the ocean data and information “global commons” by 20XX.

Interested persons are invited to submit your abstracts for the conference before 15 November 2021 (23:59 CEST) - deadline extended!

IOC and Ocean Data

Since 1961, IOC’s IODE programme has promoted and facilitated the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, to meet the needs of users for data and information products.

While this has resulted in the establishment of nearly 70 National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs) and Associate Data Units (ADUs) as well as global databases like the World Ocean Database (WOD) and Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) we have still not achieved a “global commons” for oceanographic data and information where users can easily find and retrieve the data and information they need. 

Ocean Data in the Ocean Decade

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity. However, we are still facing serious global disparities in infrastructure and professional capacities in ocean research. To create more comprehensive systems for monitoring changes in environmental processes and their impacts on ecosystems and society, even deeper integration of multidisciplinary observation systems and improved models is required.

The ambition of the Ocean Decade in relation to data, information and knowledge management includes significant enhancement of infrastructure, common approaches that enable interoperable, transparent and accessible data sharing and stewardship, and enhanced collaboration between data providers, aggregators and users. Implementing a ‘digital ocean ecosystem’ to support the Ocean Decade will be a dynamic and continuous process, incorporating and evolving established approaches and technologies as well as those that are only just emerging.

IODE will contribute to the decade, inter alia, by developing the Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS). This “digital ecosystem” will catalyse cooperation between data generators, repositories, and users from diverse stakeholder groups, including governments, UN entities, scientists, planners and decision-makers, as well as industry and the public. The digital ecosystem and its component parts will support users in finding, accessing, understanding, and using raw and processed data, information and knowledge products that meet their specific needs.


More information on the conference & guidelines for abstract submissions:

IODE website:

Ocean Decade website: