NODC Report for France
SISMER (Systèmes d'Informations Scientifiques pour la Mer) belongs to the Computer, Informatics and Marine Data (IDM) Department of the Marine Technology & Information System Directorship (TMSI) of IFREMER. It participates in the "Information Systems for Oceanography" programme of the institute key action "Major Equipment for Oceanography". As defined in its missions, it designs and operates scientific information systems and databases for national and international projects in the marine domain, in close collaboration with the Service ISI (Ingénierie des Systèmes d'Informations) Service, which develops the software system. SISMER is the Designated National Oceanographic Data Centre for France (French NODC) for the International Oceanographic Data Exchange programme (IODE) of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. The French oceanographic data banking activity covers the fields of marine physics, chemical, underway geophysics and general information on French oceanographic cruises (cruise summary reports) and data sets. Sea cruise information (meta-data) and conventional data collected during national projects are systematically compiled, safeguarded and disseminated. SISMER contributes also to the data management structures of several European and international scientific projects: Standardised Quality Assurance procedures data formatting and checking, based on IOC and ICES recommendations, are systematically performed on the data archived at SISMER.