Survey of the Marine Science Community on IODE (polled 29 October – 3 December 2004)
In view of the ongoing review of IODE, the planned development of an IOC data management strategy and the preparations of the JCOMM strategy it is important that the IODE data and information management community thinks about the prioritization of IODE activities and projects. There are currently a significant number of global and regional projects. Some of these are funded through donors but many require IOC funding. As the funding for IODE for the UNESCO regular programme is not likely to increase it is necessary to reflect on what the international oceanographic community opinion is about IODE. Between 29 October – 3 December 2004 a web-based survey was made available to international oceanographic community around the world.The IOC undertook this review with an interest in marine research for their opinion about IODE. Specific to the survey was a request for knowledge, information and usage regarding the IOC/IODE system and its components. The purpose of this survey was to obtain information on: (i) what data types are collected by the ocean research community; (ii) what portion of collected data is submitted to IODE national oceanographic data centres (NODC); (iii) whether the community is satisfied with the services provided by IODE NODCs; (iv) how does the community rate the benefit of IODE for their work; (v) whether the community consults the IODE web site.