The Ocean InfoHub (OIH) facilitates access to global oceans information, data, and knowledge products for the management and sustainable development. The OIH links and anchors a growing network of regional and thematic nodes that will improve online access to existing global, regional, and national data, information, and knowledge resources. The OIH focuses on developing digital management solutions for Ocean information, data, and knowledge around the globe to aid sustainable development. The project is funded by FUST and coordinated by the IODE Project Office of the IOC/UNESCO from April 2020 to April 2023. Instead of initiating a new database, OIH constructs a lightweight Ocean Data and Information system (ODIS) architecture as a tool to encourage data assessment and information sharing. ODIS will be an anchor e-space for data resources provided by the Member States and partners of the project. The ODIS catalogue interface can be found at https://catalogue.odis.org/
OIH is currently working in three pilot regions with four independent portals:
OIH AFRICA: Africa Regions
The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) has successfully strengthened the Oceanographic data network of twenty-five African countries and improved the data accessibility for marine resources and coastal management in the region. More information about ODINAFRICA www.odinafrica.org/
OIH-LAC: Latin America and the Caribbean Region
The Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM LAC) is a regional portal that provides data in seven categories: Experts, Documents, Training, Laboratories, Institutions, Geospatial information, and vessels. The portal offers efficient access to information from many sources. Link to access CHM LAC interface: http://portete.invemar.org.co/chm#/
OIH-PSIDS: Pacific Small Island the Developing States Region
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP) and the Pacific Community (SPC) are regional partners that develop information systems as part of the Pacific Data Ecosystem. The Pacific Environment Data Portal, supported by SPREP, provides safe storage for national environmental data from eleven Pacific countries and facilitates easy access to spatial data in the Pacific region. The Pacific Data Hub develops and hosts an interactive platform where users can explore Pacific geospatial data with microdata collections, in complementation with the Pacific Environmental portal.
Under the close coordination of the Steering team, in the last 2 years, nine project partners have been successfully indexed into the ODIS platform. Implementation of ODIS is being piloted by 29 partners. Independent data hubs from the piloting regions will be integrated into the OIH portal interface. Moreover, training courses for ODIS architecture were established in collaboration with the OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA). Even though the project started during the mist of the pandemic, project members and partners were able to maintain efficient communication through internal Slacks, emails and multiple forums, and webinars with in-depth discussions.
Pilot portal for Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction partners with National Oceanographic Data Centres in Africa and Asia.
The OIH is endorsed as an Ocean Decade action, and as such integrated into the OceanData-2030 registered Programme of the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The programme will play a central role in supporting the Ocean Decade mission to catalyse transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and the ocean. In order to achieve the Ocean Decade vision of ‘the science, we need for the ocean we want. more information on the Decade Forum.