Technical meeting: “Towards a GOA-ON data portal”, 1-2 June 2015, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco

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The IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) organized a two-day meeting (1-2 June 2015) to explore possibilities to create a joint portal for access to global ocean acidification data within the framework of the emerging Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON). The meeting brought together eight experts from seven countries discussing the way forward to (1) extend and update the current GOA-ON inventory and (2) propose a web portal interface for ocean acidification metadata retrieval.

The group discussed the advantages and shortcomings of existing data portal systems, the use of common controlled vocabularies, useful search filters, metadata standards and interoperability between different data providers. The longer-term goal of creating a one-stop portal to ocean acidification data with adequate search facilities was also discussed.

This was the second meeting organized by the OA-ICC in the framework of the project’s efforts to encourage and promote international management of and access to ocean acidification data. Last year the OA-ICC organized a meeting focusing on ocean acidification biological response data.

Meeting participants:


Benjamin Pfeil (University of Bergen, Norway)

Data managers

Tobias Spears (Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada)

Liqinq Jiang (NOAA, USA)

Maciej Telszewski (SCOR/IOC-UNESCO, Poland)

Rob Thomas (British Oceanographic Data Centre, UK)

Catherine Cosca (NOA/PMEL, USA)

Emilio Mayorga (University of Washington, USA)

Paul Morris (IAEA)

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