NODC Report: China
National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) under the State Oceanic Administration, which was set up in 1958, is a national comprehensive sector for research on marine information technologies and service for public benefits. The NMDIS is composed of three operational systems, i.e. China National Oceanographic Data Center, the Institute of Marine Scientific and Technological Information (IMSTI), and the National Marine Archives. NMDIS acts also as the national partner participating in the Aquatic Science and Fisheries Information System (ASFIS) of the United Nations and the National Input Center in China, Documents Depository Center of UNESCO/IOC. The World Data Center D, Oceanography is also managed by the NMDIS.