Advancing the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange OAIE (text & video)

OA Week 2021, Advancing the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange

Ms. Julianna Mullen, NERACOOS, USA


The Ocean Acidification Information Exchange (OAIE) is an online members-only forum dedicated to catalyzing response to ocean and coastal acidification through collaboration. The platform’s tools are designed to make three major activities as simple as possible: sharing information, facilitating person-to-person connections, and keeping information organized and searchable. Online “communities of practice” like the OAIE are increasingly popular with professionals working toward shared outcomes in part because they’re proven to be effective at accelerating discovery, and they can remove many barriers to participation associated with diverse geographic involvement. However, while the OAIE and others are positioned solely as professional environments built on a straightforward calculus of ask and answer, the psychology of community—the emotional reactions/responses of people sharing a space—is inextricably linked to the success of the collective and individual. Considering the OAIE’s steady growth and everincreasing diversity, plus the rising popularity of professional communities of practice in general, we will discuss what additional barriers to participation remain (technological and humanistic), how the OAIE and other communities can advance equitable access to resources, and how we as individuals interact with and benefit from community, especially through the lens of the pandemic.

Ocean Acidification Week 2021 was sponsored by the following organizations:

(1) GOA-ON, the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network,

(2) NOAA, the United States National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,

(3) IAEA OA-ICC, the International Atomic Energy Agency – Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre, and

(4) IOC-UNESCO – the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

For more information, please visit

GOA-ON, YouTube, 29 September 2021. Text and video.

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