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ODIP 2 Report Summary

Project ID: 654310
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ODIP 2 (Extending the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform)

Reporting period: 2015-04-01 to 2016-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The increasing need for ecosystem level marine research that is driven both by policy e.g. Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008), and science e.g. addressing grand societal challenges such as ocean acidification demand that there are large volumes of good quality marine data readily available to users.
Marine data is collected by thousands of institutes and organizations around the world using various types of sensors mounted on different platforms. The data that is collected is acquired in a variety of formats using a number of standards, best practices, and its stewardship is governed by a range of different policies. These different factors contribute to marine data being both highly heterogeneous and inconsistent in its availability for re-use.
Regional e-infrastructures have been established to address specific ‘local’ requirements for data discovery and access to support large-scale marine research but they have been developed in response to needs of their user community and in line with the funding agency’s policy and guidelines e.g. European SeaDataNet, Integrated Marine Observing System in Australia.
Ecosystem level ocean research requires a common approach to marine data management on a global scale that allows users to discover, access and integrate data from these regional systems in a consistent manner. The Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) project was initiated in 2012 as a 3 year FP7 project in an effort to support the development of this common global framework for marine data management. In April 2015 the ODIP II: “Extending the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform” project was funded by the European Commission to continue and expand the efforts of the previous project.

This section outlines the key objectives of the ODIP II project and summarizes the progress and achievements for each:
1) Provide a coordination platform to facilitate interoperability across large-scale regional marine data management infrastructures in Europe, the USA and Australia and also with relevant global systems, such as the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Ocean Data Portal (ODP) to provide discovery and access to ocean and marine data sets, and also with the Partnership for the Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) portal, for providing information on research cruises by ocean-going research vessels
Two workshops were organized during the current reporting period which brought together representatives from the regional and global marine data infrastructures participating in the ODIP II project as well as other relevant technical experts from the domain. The aim of these workshops was to identify the differences and commonalities between these existing data systems and formulate solutions for establishing interoperability between them. The outcomes of these workshops were used as the basis for the development of the ODIP II prototype interoperability solutions.

2) Demonstration of this coordinated and common approach through development of several joint EU-USA-Australia prototype interoperability solutions that aim to deliver effective sharing of data and metadata across scientific domains, organisations and national boundaries. These development activities will include both formulation of new prototype solutions and upgrading of the prototype interoperability solutions developed by the previous ODIP project to operational systems interacting with and leveraging selected regional infrastructures, such as SeaDataNet, EurOBIS, EMODNet, EUROFLEETS in Europe, Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R), NCEI (formerly US NODC) and US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS) in the USA, and Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), Australian Ocean Data Portal Network (AODN), and Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility AODCJF in Australia. There will also be direct cooperation with global initiatives such as GEOSS, IOC-IODE ODP, and POGO;
As a result of the two ODIP II workshops and the subsequent feedback between the project partners the prototype interoperability solutions that were initially developed during the previous project have been expanded to form the basis for three of the prototype development tasks in ODIP II. In addition, at least one new prototype solution has also been formulated which will be developed by the partners during the ODIP II project.
These prototype development tasks in part leverage the on-going development activities of the selected regional data infrastructures including SeaDataNet (Europe), NCEI (USA) and IMOS (Australia) and also with global systems such as GEOSS and POGO to further develop the interoperability between these existing data systems that was initially established during the previous ODIP project.

3) Development of common approaches for specific elements of marine data management such as vocabularies, data formats, quality assurance (QA) and quality control(QC) and sensor web enablement (SWE). This approach includes alignment of services for data discovery, access, authentication, mapping, visualization, ingestion, brokerage, citation, publishing, etc., and also takes into account use of multiple platforms (desktop computers, tablet computers, mobile phones). These common approaches and services will be widely disseminated beyond the project consortium
Common approaches to marine data management are being promoted by ODIP II both through the prototype development tasks which are underpinned by the use of agreed common standards and relevant best practices, and also by the ‘cross-cutting topics’ that are being addressed as part of the ODIP II project. The topics of vocabularies, data citation and publication, persistent identifiers and issues relating to big data, have been selected because they are of direct relevance to the prototype development tasks as well for the ODIP II community in general.
The ODIP II standards, best practice, and associated tools and services are promoted and disseminated as widely as possible as part of the project outreach activities. A number of resources and channels are used to publish this information including the ODIP II website, the IODE Ocean Data Standards and Best Practice (ODSBP) process as well as dedicated wikis such that provided for the community of practice working towards common sensor web enablement (SWE) profiles by partner 52oNorth:

4) To extend the scope of the ongoing ODIP activities to include additional data domains such as marine biology and bathymetry, and new emerging technological challenges, such as netCDF-Climate and Forecast (CF) standardization and interoperability with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) data models and protocols, Linked Open Data services, and scalability of Web Processing Services (WPS) and cloud computing for big data.
The previous ODIP project was focused on data management for physical oceanography and marine geoscience. The project consortium for ODIP II has been extended to include partners managing data from other marine disciplines including marine biology. To ensure that these new disciplines are fully integrated into ODIP II dedicated sessions have been incorporated into the project workshops to ensure that the prototype development tasks are applicable across all of the marine disciplines represented by the project consortium including those new to the project in ODIP II.
The scope of the ODIP II prototype development tasks has also been widened to take into account new and emerging technologies e.g. cloud computing for big data, web processing services WPS etc., and advances in standards and best practice for managing data e.g. advance in the CF conventions for the netCDF data format. These advances in technology, standards and best practice are also being considered when evaluating potential additions to the cross-cutting topics that are addressed by the project due to their relevance to both to the ODIP II development activities and the wider marine data management community.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The ODIP II project has made significant progress in achieving its stated objectives in the 18 months since the start of the project on 1 April 2015.
Project initiation tasks to establish the consortium and fulfil the contractual requirements including making pre-financing payments to partners was completed during the first three months of the project.
The technical activities of the project were started during the 1st ODIP II workshop which took place in Paris, France on 28 September – 1 October 2015. The progress that has been made on the development activities described in the Description of Action (DoA) since this first meeting was clearly demonstrated during the 2nd ODIP II workshop which was held in Boulder, Colorado, USA on 2 – 6 May 2016.
The outcomes from first two ODIP II workshops have provided the input required for the expansion of the three existing prototype development tasks initiated during the previous project and for the specification of at least one further prototype interoperability solution which have been documented in deliverables D3.1 Definition of ODIP II prototypes and D3.3 Definition of ODIP II prototypes 2. These development activities have already made significant progress (see section1.3.3 below) and will continue throughout the project.
In addition to the prototype development tasks the project has continued to address the cross-cutting topics that were also identified in the previous project i.e. vocabularies, data publication and citation, persistent identifiers, and issues around big data. Partners involved in these fields have contributed their expertise and provided updates on the state-of-the-art in these topic areas. Furthermore, these partners have also disseminated the advances in these areas being made by the ODIP II project to the wider community through mechanisms such as the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
The progress made so far in the technical aspects of the project are in large part due to the highly coherent ODIP II project community and the level of integration that has been achieved with other relevant initiatives. Many of the ODIP II development activities directly leverage those of these related projects which has also led to a number of collaborative activities across the participating regions.
It should also be noted that the ODIP II project has faced some significant challenges with regards to funding of those partners outside Europe during the first 18 months some of which were anticipated as potential risks in Annex 1. However, despite the challenges that are being experienced by partners in both the USA and Australia due to a lack of direct funding for their continued participation in ODIP II there has been a continued commitment to contributing to the project activities and attending the workshops.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)


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