For SOOS to succeed, it is critical that a data system be established that ensures that both past and future data sets are accessible and of known quality, consistent with the SCAR Data and Information Management Strategy published in 2009. The SOOS data management strategy will be based on the following principles:
The SOOS Data Management Policy will be finalised at the upcoming SOOS Data meeting in May 2013, and will be made available for download from this webpage.
A key output of SOOS is the development of a SOOS Data Portal, which will provide one-stop access to distributed data archives holding all SOOS related data. At present, physical and biological data sets are often handled by separate data systems, making interdisciplinary research difficult.
SOOS is working with IMOS emII and the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) to develop a Southern Ocean Data Portal, the operational prototype of which is NOW AVAILABLE at http://soos.aodn.org.au/soos/
Click here for more information about the SOOS Data Portal and how to contribute data.
SOOS has developed a Data Management Sub-Committee (DMSC) tasked with identifying and coordinating cost effective, collaborative mechanisms for managing and publishing observational data that are considered to be within the purview of the SOOS initiative, so that SOOS end users have ready and free access to relevant data and products.
Click here for more information on the SOOS DMSC.