OceanPractices Activities


OceanPractices will be implemented through the following activities. Over the Decade, these Activities will be updated in response to changing needs.

  1. Consolidating discourse on ocean practices: OceanPractices will provide an overarching framework for methodological discourse on scientific, technological, and societal topics determined by OceanPractices partners and the broader ocean community. OceanPractices meetings will incentivize communities to converge to context-dependent best practices. Particular effort will be made to develop sustained links to global and regional policy stakeholders towards a goal of engaging social and natural scientists to work together in areas of economy, anthropology, ethics, ocean and marine policy, and law.
  2. Implementing digital infrastructures: OceanPractices, through OBPS, will support partners in co-designing interoperating nodes in a system of systems for methodology management. Each node will be supported in adding elements to allow wider dissemination of ocean relevant practices and to allow more inclusive consultation and validation. Developments include innovations in natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and knowledge representation, with the longer-term goal of Automated, machine-to-machine processing of methodological materials.
  3. Coordination: OceanPractices will establish a primary point of contact for significant issues related to the creation, review and dissemination of ocean practices. Coordination will promote links between scientific methodology and sustainable development activities across stakeholder groups. In this way, a trusted system will be established that will continue beyond the UN Decade. Coordination includes the dialogue between OceanPractices and stakeholders such as scientific journals (prompting for improved traceability of practices through the process of peer review publication), or the private sector. OceanPractices will facilitate and contribute to developing strategies for methods to foster interoperable observations across IOC and UN programs, including the Global Ocean Observing System, and IODE data and information management. 
  4. Enable equitable access to information, technology and knowledge: Practices are valuable when shared, thus OceanPractices will include training and capacity development activities to share capacities across regional, national, societal, and disciplinary boundaries. These activities leverage all other efforts listed here. Experts within the OceanPractices partnership, and teamed with IOC’s OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA), will provide the knowledge base for diverse methodological course materials and contribute other resources. The OceanPractices digital infrastructures will serve training materials, including video and other media. 
  5. Pilot activities: OceanPractices partners will collaboratively execute Pilot Best Practices activities to understand and assess the functioning of OceanPractices operations and services and to guide improvements. Pilot activities will cover activities from sensors to application and policy users, related capacity development applications, or convergence activities.