- What is the aim of this website?
This website provides a gateway to general-purpose and technical information on Ocean Data Portal project, held by IODE. Most part of information is aimed to answer general questions: WHAT is ODP, WHERE to view and try it, HOW to use, join and contribute ODP.
The Ocean Data Portal is currently a project supported and implemented by the IODE programme.
Any organization, consortium or project may contribute to ODP. Contributions typically take the form of data. The data should be located on the contribution side (server) and made available by special software provided by IODE ODP project. Data should have no restriction on access.
IODE is acronym for the IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange. Further details are available here
As the project is quite young and still in pilot stage we have following persons involved in.
- Mr. Peter PISSIERSSENS, IODE programme coordinator, Head of IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium
- Mr. Nick Mikhailov, Chair IODE/JCOMM ETDMP, head of National Oceanographic Data Centre, Obninsk, Russia
- Mr. Greg Reed, IODE Co-Chair, Chair SG-MEDI, Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility
- Mr. Robert Keeley, Chair JCOMM DMCG, Department of Fisheries and Oceans - Integrated Science Data Management, Canada
- Mr. Sergey Belov, project architect and development, National Oceanographic Data Centre, Obninsk, Russia
- Mr. Sergey Sukhonosov, project development, National Oceanographic Data Centre, Obninsk, Russia
- What is ODP ‘Contributor’?
Organizations and projects that provide data and services to ODP can be recognized as “Contributors to ODP”.
- What are the benefits of ODP?
Ocean Data Portal is providing on-line access to the marine data and information resources. It will not create a new data system. The key principles of the Portal will be interoperability with existing systems and resources. This interoperability will be achieved through the use of internationally endorsed standards (such as SOA, ISO and OGC) and it will not be a requirement for data centres to change their internal data management systems. Thus means close cooperation with existing and developing systems.
The following communities are expected to use the Ocean Data Portal.
Marine and meteorology scientists
Any other people, interested in marine information
- Who are the ODP contributors?
ODP Data Providers
Related projects and systems
As we still have path of motion this list will be extended. Now we have focal point with WMO Pilot Project and EU SeaDataNet projects.
ODP Data sources are databases and files made available through ODP. The data is served through an ODP Data Provider which is a single instance of one organizational unit.
ODP Tools are software that operates through portal, used in data management, or can be downloaded by users. ODP tools currently includes:
Data Provider software
Integration Server software
ODP Data providers are organizations that serve data through the Ocean Data Portal. Each data provider must have Data Provider software installed on its server. After installation process ODP Data provider should be registered in Integration Server, which serves as central gateway. More information is available in Technical section of FAQ.
ODP partners potentially will have long-term commitments to cooperation with ODP, through providing data, software, services, or other infrastructural support. Preliminary list of partners:
- Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility (AODCJF)
- National Oceanographic Data Centre, Russia (NODC)
- Where does ODP gets its data?
ODP is taking data from its data providers. We are always seeking new data contributors who may want to join the project.
- What kinds of data is ODP interested in?
Ocean Data Portal is interested in collections and inventories of marine data first of all from National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs) in the IODE network. Also ODP is interested in other projects or activities that can be connected to the ODP by means of metadata, data or services.
- Will ODP pay for my dataset?
No, ODP doesn’t buy data. It is simply a group of data contributors who have agreed to share their data through a central portal to make it more accessible. However, we may be able to make suggestions for places where you could submit a proposal to fund developing datasets or for digitizing existing datasets.
- Who has intellectual property rights to the data?
All rights remain with data contributors. Data contributor may at any moment decide to remove data from ODP, or restrict it to use. But as we are operating on behalf of IODE we insist to include only data labeled as “open for international exchange”, otherwise only metadata about your data will be available on the portal. Please, read this for more details.
- How will my data will be cited in ODP?
All data server through the Ocean Data Portal are labeled with unique identifier (organization) and description of data source from which the data was received. Users are required to cite the data providers when using data from ODP.
- How do I contribute data to the ODP?
Right now there is only one ways to share data through the ODP: You become a distributed data contributor. This means that you keep your dataset locally, and set up Data Provider software that can respond to ODP queries. ODP queries will run through the Integration Server, which will check your data source availability and request validity and then it’ll transfer this request directly to your server. Before all this it requires “mapping” your dataset to the ODP schema and installing a free software package called Data Provider to communicate with ODP. There are more details on this under “How to become a data provider”.
- If I want contribute data to the ODP?
Please, contact us, so we can assist you. You can contact Mr. Peter PISSIERSSENS , IODE programme coordinator,
Head of IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium for more details on your participation!
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- What is Data Provider software?
Data Provider software is a tool providing the access to the local data system. Data Provider can perform access to the local data sets of:
- DBMS data (SQL-databases)
- Structured data files in “flat” (non-hierarchical) data formats (like CSV, TSV, etc.)
- Object files (electronic documents, images, structured data files in formats, which can not be processed by Data Provider software, web application URL’s ).
- Connection to the data sets maintained by data centre
- Generation and updating of metadata in compliance with the current status of the local data sets
- Access to resources and data sampling based on criteria of the external request
- What hardware do I need to install Data Provider?
Data Provider can be installed on server or workstation with no less than 2 GHz processor (one or many) and 2 Gb of memory onboard. If you are planning to serve large volume of data connected via Data Provider more memory is advised.
- What software do I need to do to serve data through the Data Provider?
Data Provider can run on Windows or UNIX-like operation systems and uses following middleware software:
- Java Development Kit (version 1.5.0 and later, 1.5.0 is recommended)
- Apache web server v. 1.3.27 or higher with PHP 4 (and higher)
- JBoss Application Server v.4 (4.0.0 is recommended)
All the above software components are available in the Data Provider distribution package for Windows platform.
- What kind of data sources I can connect with Data Provider?
You can connect following data sources with Data Provider software:
- SQL databases
- Structured data files (CSV, TSV and derivative like as IMMT format)
- Object files (any other files)
- What kind of databases Data Provider can work with?
Data Provider is using open source software DiGIR (http://digir.sourceforge.net/ ) to interface with SQL databases. Here is the list of supported databases:
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Visual FoxPro
- Oracle (7 and higher)
- SAP DB
- SQL Lite
We have tested and connected some of them:
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Visual FoxPro
- Oracle (8,9,10)
- Where I can find more technical information about the Data Provider software?
You can find more details about Data Provider software on our technical web site, dedicated “End-to-End” technology in the “Technical documentation”( http://data.meteo.ru/e2edm/index.php?section=19) and “E2EDM Data Provider”( http://data.meteo.ru/e2edm/index.php?section=23) sections. Please, note, some documents are going to be updated.
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