Data sharing is at the heart of SOOS. Everyone knows that Southern Ocean data is expensive and logistically difficult to collect and that there's never enough of it. But there's more out there than you might expect, and we're working to make it all accessible from one place. The aim is that we, as a research community, develop the systems that will allow scientists to maximise the scientific value of observations collected in the Southern Ocean, no matter who collected them, or when, or why. At the same time, SOOS wants to protect researchers' rights to get first use out of data that they collected.

You can search for existing datasets through the SOOS metadata portal on NASA's Global Change Master Directory.

You can find out more about easy and secure ways to share your data and metadata here.

You can find out more about the SOOS data policy here.

The Data Management Sub-Committee (DMSC) leads SOOS' efforts to improve data sharing among the Southern Ocean research community. You can find out more about the DMSC here.


SOOS Data Values

The SOOS data community is a federation of data professionals from disparate nations and scientific disciplines. We aim to develop data sharing and discovery tools that are "glocal"; tools that meet the needs of Southern Ocean researchers, nested in a global network of data sharing tools. To develop these tools in a sustainable way, we have identified a series of aspirational values that will provide a framework for decision-making.

The SOOS data values are:

FREE DATA: Data should be freely shared for reuse by other members of the community. Master copies of datasets should be in long-term, publicly-accessible repositories (see the SOOS data policy for more details).

'GLOCAL' TOOLS: Data sharing and discovery tools developed for the Southern Ocean community should be interoperable with tools from elsewhere and should not simply duplicate existing tools, where possible. 

MOBILE TOOLS are not dependant on a single organisation. If tools are developed in ways that allow them to be separated from the internal infrastructure of a given agency, that will enable them to be adopted by other agencies involved in the SOOS community, should they need to be relocated.

ADAPTABLE TOOLS will change as SOOS' needs change and as the available technologies change.

OPEN STANDARDS AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE enable SOOS-developed tools to interoperate with those used by related communities.

FLEXIBLE NETWORKS are stronger than single pillars: For a network like SOOS, tools that are collectively owned by multiple member agencies have more opportunities for ongoing support than those relying on a single sponsor agency. 

Copyright 2015 Southern Ocean Observing System. All rights reserved.