Since its launch in June 2023, the Ocean Data Sharing DCO has been focusing on implementing its core mandate which is to:

Forthcoming activities and events will focus on mobilizing the Ocean Decade data and information sharing community to identify Actions needs and challenges, in this context, provide support and highlight the wealth of resources that already exist.

Launch of Ocean Data Sharing Community of Practice

The DCO for Ocean Data Sharing has launched its Community of Practice on December 14th at 13.00CET.

This Ocean Data Sharing Community of Practice will be a space to discuss and exchange questions, knowledge, and resources on all things ocean data related.

Initially limited to endorsed Decade Actions, this interactive space will connect the data and information-sharing community to foster dialogue and build capacity in data sharing and management in the Decade.

Hosted by and working in close collaboration with IODE, the Ocean Data Sharing DCO has been established to support the Decade Actions with their data and information management needs, contributing to the implementation of the Decade’s Data and Information Strategy and ensuring a successful outcome for Ocean Decade Challenge 8 “Creating a Digital Representation of the Ocean“.

Are you linked to an endorsed Decade Action and interested in connecting to the ocean data sharing community? Then join our Community of Practice

If you are not – or not yet – an endorsed Decade Action, then feel free to register your interest in the work of this DCO by sending us an email at

Community of Practice ‘Meet & Greet’ Agenda – See the agenda and how to connect here:


Meet our Decade Programmes

The following four Decade Actions are attached to the DCO for Ocean Data Sharing. Further information can be found at the links below and on their respective website. Each provides an example of best practice in ocean data sharing and management and are excellent resources for the Decade community.

Ocean Data 2030: Led by IODE, Ocean Data 2030 will develop an open-source data and information system that will link existing ocean information systems around the world, and enable more efficient discovery of data, information and knowledge products.

GEOTRACES: Led by the U.S. National Science Foundation (on behalf of the international partners), GEOTRACES is an international program designed to coordinate efforts and data regarding marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes (TEIs).

World Ocean Database Programme (WODP): Led by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), builds on IODE’s Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS) and will enable National Oceanographic Data Centers worldwide and other digital repositories to (i) upload their oceanographic data into WOD and (ii) retrieve data in a uniform interoperable format; a value-added proposition. The vision is to achieve openly discoverable, accessible, and adaptable digital profile oceanographic data of known quality.

Digital innovation hand-in-hand with fisheries & ecosystem monitoring: Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (FI) Division, the Fisheries and Environmental Atlas will use Open Data and Open Science to support fisheries and ecosystems scientific monitoring. It will include topical environmental maps and data for FAIR analysis.


Vision 2030 Working Group 8

The DCO for Ocean Data Sharing has been providing support to the Vision 2030 Challenge 8 Working Group to deliver a White Paper outlining the strategic vision for what success would look like for this challenge by 2030. The White Paper will be presented, together the White Papers for the other nice challenges at the Decade Conference in Barcelona in April 2023.

Find out more about this Working Group, read the article on the Vision 2030 webpage: ‘Spotlight on Working Group 8’!

The guiding framework towards setting a strategic ambition for Challenge 8 as developed by Working Group 8.

Members of the Vision 2030 Challenge 8 Working Group

Find out more about the Vision 2030 process here.