Ocean Data and Information Network for the Westarn Pacific (ODINWESTPAC): Progress report 2005-2006
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With increasing applications of new Information and Communication Technology (ICT), data management and dissemination over the Internet become more feasible, enabling a wide range of user communities to easily get access to data, data products and information. In this context, at its 22nd assembly in 2003, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) approved to implement a review of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) by a review group. The Review Group stated that the system of Responsible National Oceanographic Data Centres (RNODCs) of IODE is not well understood, with the exception of the RNODC for WESTPAC" (operated by Japan Oceanographic Data Centre, Japan), Drifting Buoys Data (operated by Marine Environmental Data Service, Canada) and JAISN (operated by British Oceanographic Data Centre, United Kingdom), which were considered to work well. The Review Group recommended (and IODE-XVIII agreed in 2005) to abolish the RNODC system. .....