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Open Science

The Data Centre contributes to the achievement of the following goals of Open Science in international marine strategies:

  • Open data and content - the Centre makes data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, in line with FAIR principles, through collaborations and international projects, expanding multidisciplinarity of its action, both in terms of parameters considered and skills used, and increasing the number of experimental information stored.
  • Open Source - the Centre develops and promotes open computer science softwares and infrastructures to enable the academic community to share and process data and research results across scientific borders and domains.
  • Open and reproducible research - The Centre develops, and makes freely accessible, guidelines for the open management of public data on marine water quality.
  • Research integrity - The Centre defines and uses open data policies for data collected as part of institutional programs, supported by the possibility of issuing DOIs, in compliance with intellectual property.
  • Citizen Science - The Centre makes available at European level the data collected by citizens through open applications developed to foster citizen science, that is, all initiatives aimed at promoting the recognition of citizens as valid producers of scientific knowledge.

The Data Centre participates in the Italian Computing and Data Infrastructure (ICDI) working group, created by representatives of some of the main Italian Research and Digital Infrastructures, with the aim of promoting synergies at national level in order to optimize Italian participation in current European challenges in this area, including: European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), European Data Infrastructure (EDI), and High Performance Computing (HPC).

The NODC chairs the Data Management Working Group of the EMSO-Italy Joint Research Unit, a coordination structure between research institutes and national universities that share human resources and equipment to monitor the Italian coastal strip and the open sea. The working group aims to collect, make accessible and enhance the EMSO-Italy data and facilitate their integration with the data and information produced through the European EMSO-ERIC infrastructure.

The Data Centre information system is part of the pan-European SeaDataNet infrastructure for the integrated management of marine data, which connects more than 100 national oceanographic data centers.

The NODC manages the collection of European data on marine litter from the monitoring provided by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, through the development and maintenance of 3 databases, unique on a European scale.

The Data Centre organizes capitalization and promotion activities of the results of various international projects, involving stakeholders and end users who are part of the European Community and beyond, to encourage dialogue on challenges regarding the management of marine pollution data.

On a global scale the Centre participates in activities for transparent and accessible seas and oceans (linked to the UN Ocean Decade) and in the periodic meetings of groups of experts engaged in the implementation of global data platforms in support of the sea-related objectives of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The Data Centre is a reference for the management of data on marine litter beyond the borders of the European Community, participating in the work of the G20 technical group engaged in the harmonization, on a global scale, of monitoring and data management on marine plastics. The NODC collaborates with the National Marine Data and Information Service of China to strengthen the interoperability of marine water quality data between Europe and China.