SOOS Data Management
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
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.