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From floppy disks to cutting-edge databases: OGS tells twenty years of Oceanographic Data Centre

9 June 2022

Yesterday, Thursday 8 June, on the occasion of World Oceans Day, OGS dedicated an interview with Renzo Mosetti and Alessandra Giorgetti to retrace the main stages of the National Oceanographic Data Centre. This year OGS celebrates twenty years since the first formal recognition, at an international level, of its role in the collection, conservation and exchange of marine data. In fact, in 2002 the Institute became the Italian reference in the UNESCO system of oceanographic data exchange. Renzo Mosetti, who has managed this activity for many years, talked about the first steps taken by OGS in the 1980s and 1990s, first in the Northern Adriatic and then on a Mediterranean scale. He also spoke of the radical technological and cultural changes that are leading to an increasingly transparent and reliable science. Angela SaraĆ² moderator of the interview, then gave the floor to Alessandra Giorgetti, who has been managing the Oceanographic Data Center for years now. Alessandra explained the importance, starting from the early 2000s, of the continuous growth of the international network of infrastructures for archiving and access to data via the internet. This and much more was discussed during this event, which made it possible to better understand how crucial data are to understand and mitigate the environmental impacts that human activities are causing all over the world. The interview (in Italian) is available on the OGS YouTube channel . The content is summarised in this presentation in English .