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Ocean Acidification Data Stewardship (OADS) Project

What we are:

Ocean Acidification Data Stewardship (OADS) is a data management project funded by NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP). We are located within NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) at Silver Spring, Maryland. OADS builds on a collaborative approach with shared responsibilities among scientists, data managers, and data partners.

Policy, approach, and plan:

NCEI follows an open data access policy. The principles for this collaborative data management are articulated in the Declaration of Interdependence of Ocean Acidification Data Management Activities in the U.S., resulting from the first Ocean Acidification Data Management Workshop at seattle, WA in March 2012 and Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG-OA). An Interagency Ocean Acidification Data Management Plan was also laid out during the Ocean Acidification Data Management Workshop in March 2012.

Near term goal:

The near term goal of OADS is to ensure all data sets collected from OAP funded research projects are properly archived and made accessible towards improved OA analyses, forecasting capabilities, and better assessments of marine resource vulnerability.

Long term goal:

The long term goal is to serve the broader OA community by providing dedicated long-term archival, online data discovery, access, and scientific stewardship for a diverse range of ocean acidification and other chemical, physical, and biological oceanographic data. OADS project is envisioned as a building block towards a U.S. national OA data management and integration service required by the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 (FOARAM Act).

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