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Informatics in Oceanography and Ocean Science
Convener: Giuseppe M.R. Manzella  | Co-Convener: Dick M. A. Schaap 
 / Thu, 16 Apr, 08:30–12:15
 / Attendance Thu, 16 Apr, 17:30–19:00

The session presents the state of art information systems in oceanography such as standards (metadata, vocabularies, ISO and OGC applications, data models), interoperability in ocean science (Interoperability forms, Web services, Quality of Services, Open standards), data circulation and services (quality assurance / quality control, preservation, network services) and Education in ocean science (Education and Research, Internet tools for education).
The 2015 session should provide new ideas on the interoperability issues deriving from different sources of data.
ISO standards introduce the necessary elements in the abstract process aiming to assess ‘how’ and ‘how much’ data meets applicable regulatory requirements and aims to enhance user satisfaction. Before combining or integrating data from different registries, one should consider similarities and differences in data collection methods, data quality, spatial and temporal resolution, etc. It is crucial that the data are comparable and compatible to avoid mistakes in analyses and interpretation. A complete data management infrastructure should include an evaluation of data by assuring relevance, reliability and fitness-for-purposes, adequacy, comparability and compatibility. Harmonisation is the further step for transforming data into interoperable data.
ESSI1.2 want to show how information is serving science and society. Presenters are strongly encouraged to demonstrate how their efforts will benefit their user communities, facilitate collaborative knowledge building, decision making and knowledge management in general, intended as a range of strategies and practices to identify, create, represent and distribute data, products and information.
Marine data managers and data users are invited to participate to the session and present their services and their requirements.