Project Document for the Establishment of the Ocean Data and Information Network for the European Countries in Economical Transition (ODINECET).
The IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) is established to enhance marine research, exploitation and development by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products. The official endorsement to proceed with the establishing of a European ODIN for Eastern countries was given by IODE at its XVIII meeting, following the suggestion in the 2005 GEMIM report to IODE. During the IODE/EURASLIC workshop on the European Countries in Economic Transition (ECET) ODIN initiative (27-28 October 2005, IODE Project Office in Oostende, Belgium) it was decided that the Coordinating Group would prepare a concept document (this document) that describes the way the European ODIN will be started and proposes a list of activities for 2006. In the first stages, this network will focus on aquatic information management mainly, building on the already existing preconditions and networks in the ECET-region, whom indicate a stronger support need for the information sector. Since 1989-1990, the information management sector in most ECET countries has undergone substantial changes. This has led in many cases to a decline of information services and existing library networks. It is felt necessary that support from international organizations is needed to re-establish information management activities, and to bring the information management sector to current international standards. The already existing ODIN- networks in other areas are a good example of the kind of support sought. Preconditions (elements that are already in place): the EURASLIC ECET group supports networking of a number of aquatic libraries in the region, through joint projects (BLICOP -Black Sea Libraries Cooperation Project and ECET Union Catalogue of Serials). This group operates under the EURASLIC umbrella, an organization that addresses all issues of aquatic libraries and information centres of aquatic libraries and regional needs: from a preliminary assessment (October 2005), it became evident that most ECET-libraries need: capacity building (also in regional languages); networking support for (mainly Russian) libraries; an upgrade of the status of librarians. It was also clear that a more detailed assessment of needs should be organized, to be able to map all information issues in the ECET-region in detail.