N BABA1*, Y Michida2 and P Pissierssens3
*1Japan Oceanographic Data Center, 3-1-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8932, Japan
2Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8564, Japan
3UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, Wandelaarkaai 7/61, 8400 Oostende, Belgium


The IOC Strategic Plan for Oceanographic Data and Information Management (2017-2021) was discussed and approved at the 29 th session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly in June 2019 and is now published as IOC Manuals and Guides No. 77. The vision of this Strategy Plan is to achieve: "A comprehensive and integrated ocean data and information system, serving the broad and diverse needs of IOC Member States, for both management and scientific use.". The following five outputs will be expected to achieve the strategy plan through a number of targeted activities and related actions:

  1. Improved ability to integrate national, regional and global data systems.
  2. Improved capability and functionality of systems in the centres managing oceanographic data and information.
  3. Promote free and open access to oceanographic data and information and adherence to IOC Oceanographic Data Exchange policy.
  4. Address the needs of both the scientific users and society at large for the demand for access to quality data and information.
  5. Strengthened capacity to manage oceanographic data and information.
The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange(IODE) was established in 1961 at the 1 st session of IOC Assembly to enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products. Since its establishment, IODE has been playing important role world widely in oceanographic data and information management in cooperation with National Oceanographic Data Centers established in Member States and World Data Centers of ICSU. The IODE has been now recognized as a family of World Data System (WDS) of ICSU. To ensure achievement of the objectives of the Strategy Plan, the close cooperation with the IOC programmes and partners is required.

Details of the Strategy Plan will be introduced in the poster.


IOC of UNESCO (2017) IOC Strategic Plan for Oceanographic data and Information Management (2017-2021). Paris.