UNESCO/IOC Oceanographic Data Exchange Policy was set up to allow for the timely, free and unrestricted international exchange of oceanographic data which is essential for the efficient acquisition, integration and use of ocean observations gathered by countries around the world. This data is gathered for a wide variety of purposes including the prediction of weather and climate, the operational forecasting of the marine environment, the preservation of life, the mitigation of human-induced changes in the marine and coastal environment, as well as for the advancement of scientific understanding that makes this possible.
- The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) has benefited enormously with advances in ICTs for data management and dissemination. The traditional model of centralized data centres at the national or global scale are gradually being replaced by a decentralized network of data centres accessible and searchable over the Internet. Thanks to this decentralized model, scientists can participate more actively in the data management chain, and can also access data and information more easily. The model also enables a wider range of user communities to access data, data products and information.
IODE and WSIS Stocktaking