About OADS

Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the Ocean Acidification Data Stewardship (OADS) Project is to ensure all data collected from NOAA/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) investment are properly archived and made accessible towards improved assessments of marine ecosystem vulnerability, and better forecasting capabilities, in accordance with the NOAA Plan for Public Access to Research Results (PARR) and the White House executive order on making data open and machine readable. This includes dedicated support for data acquisition, quality assurance, management of rich metadata, application of controlled vocabularies, long-term archiving, stable data citation, as well as online data discovery and access services. OADS develops a rich metadata standard for ocean acidification data through inputs from the scientific community and establishes an OADS metadata management system to support human and machine data discovery and readability for the OA research community. OADS also aims to standardize OA data files by establishing best practice guidance on column headers and data organization structure. In addition, OADS conducts global and coastal synthesis efforts to improve the understanding of OA.

Long term goal:

The long term goal is to serve the national and international 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).

Policy, approach, and plan:

OADS 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.


Funding for the OADS project comes from NOAA/OAR/Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) and NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

OADS Data Partners

Ocean Acidification Data Stewardship (OADS) partners with several federal, state, local, academic, observing programs, and other agencies to obtain data and to help coordinate data flow and data access services under the Interagency Ocean Acidification Data Management Plan.

External OA Resources

Last Modified: 2018-08-24 13:25 UTC