SOOS Data Management

Data sharing is at the heart of SOOS. Everyone knows that Southern Ocean data is  logistically difficult to collect and that there is never enough of it to answer all  the questions scientists and policymakers ask. But more is available than you might expect, and we're working to make it all easily accessible. 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. 

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.
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SOOS Data Policy

SOOS is a proud partner member of the International Science Council's World Data System. WDS is a global community of excellence in data stewardship and management. As a WDS Partner Member, SOOS does not manage data itself but it encourages and supports the data stewards in its community to join WDS and to participate in its efforts to develop a global interoperable and distributed system of data management services to support great science. 

SOOS Data Values

The SOOS data community is a federation of data professionals bridging nations and scientific disciplines, with the aim of developing data sharing and discovery tools that meet the needs of Southern Ocean researchers, and that are nested in a global network of data management systems. The following values provide a decision-making framework for all SOOS data activities:

Free and FAIR data: Data should be freely shared for reuse by other members of the community in ways that maximise the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR Principles) of the data, so far as is ethically responsible (“as open as possible; as closed as necessary”). A single authoritative copy of the data should be preserved in a trusted, long-term, well-curated, and publicly accessible repository (see the SOOS data policy for more details).

Local but Global Tools: Data sharing and discovery tools for the Southern Ocean community should be interoperable with similar tools elsewhere and should not duplicate existing efforts, where possible.

Flexible Networks: Networks are stronger than single pillars. Tools that are collectively owned and supported by multiple agencies have more opportunities for ongoing support than those relying on a single agency. 

Mobile Tools: To support the value of Flexible Networks, it is important that, where possible, new tools should be built in “containerised” ways that allow them to be separated from the internal infrastructure of a given host, to allow them to be moved if necessary. 

Adaptability: Tools and services should be able to be changed as SOOS’ needs grow and as technologies develop.

Open Standards: The use of open standards, open source software, and openly documented tools support the interoperability of SOOS tools and systems with those in other regions and disciplines.