Task Team to Establish and Maintain Co-operation between IODE and Research Programmes

Author(s) S. Narayanan and R. Keeley, MEDS, Canada
Summary Over the last two decades, the number and complexity of international cooperative programmes has increased. We are just completing WOCE, and JGOFS, but there is the IGBP, CLIVAR, GOOS, GCOS and GTOS among others. Many of these programmes originated in the research community. Using WOCE as an example, the programme organized 13 Data Assembly Centres (DACs) whose jobs were to assemble, quality control, and prepare the data for the final archive. IODE data centres participate in 4 of these DACs while another 4 DACs (non-IODE) handle data that are also managed by many IODE data centres, thus duplicating the effort. The remainder of the DACs dealt with data outside of traditional IODE data centre responsibility. The TOGA/TAO centre at PMEL is an example of a facility that started up in the research community and exists outside of an IODE data centre but which performs many elements that an IODE centre does. TOGA/TAO is a complete program carrying out scientific research, design of an observation programme, building and deploying instrumentation, archiving and disseminating data. It is often cited as a model of what the research community thinks of how a data collection and archive facility should run.
Doc Type Working Document
Status Published on 18 Oct 2000
Notes Sixteenth Session of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), Lisbon, Portugal, 30 October – 9 November 2000
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Group(s): IODE
Created at 12:00 on 19 Jun 2007 by Annelies Groen
Updated at 11:37 on 21 Aug 2008 by Annelies Groen