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The National Oceanographic Data Centre’s (NODC) mission is to foster free access and use of Italian marine data following the FAIR data principles of Open Science , which require data to be easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

“Openness of information about the conduct and communication of research must be the new norm”. Barcelona Declaration on open research information

How does the NODC fulfil its mission?

The National Oceanographic Data Centre provides access and stewardship for the national resource of oceanographic data according to the Recommendations of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC Guide and Manuals 5). The full range of data management tasks to be carried out can be summarised as follows:

  • receiving data from national, regional and international programmes collecting oceanographic data
  • verifying the quality of the data (using agreed upon standards)
  • ensuring the long term preservation of the data and associated information required for correct interpretation of the data
  • making data available, nationally and internationally.

Read more about the mission of a National Oceanographic Data Centre as defined in the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Data Exchange Programme of the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.