We’re working hard to continue adding records to the SOOS metadata portal on the GCMD.
You can start using it to help you streamline your search for Southern Ocean data - we draw in records related to any of SOOS’ Essential Ocean Variables from all oceans south of 40°S from all researchers who have metadata held by the GCMD. A metadata portal is an extremely valuable data discovery tool and we’re aiming to make sure that all Southern Ocean research data is safely stored in a data centre and that its associated metadata record is available through the SOOS metadata portal. We have some way to go to achieve this goal, and we cannot do it without you.
You can also help us to make this portal even more useful for Southern Oceanographers - check to see whether your metadata records are in there. If not, it is likely due to one of a few major causes - perhaps you haven’t submitted your data and metadata to a national or discipline-specific data centre; perhaps your data centre does not yet have a relationship with the GCMD; or perhaps your metadata record is one of the few already in the GCMD that isn’t being caught by our portal.