Best practices are created by the community for the community. The Ocean Best Practices System under the auspices of the IOC will support the end-to-end best practices value chain.
The oceans play a key role in global issues such as sustainability. As we move toward basin-scale ocean-observing, efficient and consistent monitoring and predicting of the planet’s ocean is essential. These need common methods for interoperability and reproducibility. For more information see Pearlman, et al 2019.
We provide publication, discovery and access to relevant and tested methods, from observation to application, as well as a foundation for increasing capacity. The Ocean Best Practice System supports the entire ocean community in sharing methods, developing best practices and capacity development in their use.
Sustain an evolving system which fosters collaboration, consensus building, and innovation by providing coordinated and global access to best practices and standards across ocean sciences and applications.
The System has been built on the OceanBestPractices of IODE and the lead work of the AtlantOS Project Work Package 6.4. Best Practices Working Group that developed the System concept. It was adopted in June 2019 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission as an international project co-sponsored by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE).
The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)
a permanent OBPS repository hosted by IODE including state-of-the-art semantic discovery and metadata indexing for improved access to best practices
a peer-reviewed Research Topic Journal in Frontiers in Marine Science
a web-based and in-person Training and Capacity Development capability based on the IODE OceanTeacher Global Academy
Community outreach and engagement activities to help users integrate OBPS into their routine work.
Ocean Best Practices System Management
The System is hosted at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium and managed by a Steering Group representing major Stakeholders: (i) Representatives from IOC Programmes (ii) Invited Experts from the full value chain of the ocean observing community; (iii) Representatives of IODE and GOOS Secretariats.
The OBPS carries out its activities by means of Work Packages each led by a member of the Steering Group:
WP1: Project Management
WP2: Operations (Repository)
WP3: Advanced Technology and Interoperability
WP4: Publications, Convergence and Endorsement Processes
WP5: Communication and Outreach
WP6: User Communities (including the UN Decade…)
WP7: Capacity Development and Training
Partners and Projects
The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange and the Global Ocean Observing System of the IOC have partnered to support the Ocean Best Practices System.
OBPS and Steering Group members participate in external projects (eg. CAPARDUS; EUROSEAS; JERICO3, Ocean Observation RCN, TechOceanS) to support their ocean observing requirements and user needs by implementing advanced technology functionality within OBPS. See our Project and Partners page for more information.
In addition, community partners contribute to the repository corpus of best practices content.
Acknowledgements and Sponsors
Additional to the projects that have provided support for advancing OBPS, we gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for providing organizational, and/or logistical co-sponsorship and in-kind support: IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and Frontiers in Marine Science.