The International Oceanographic Data Exchange (IODE) of IOC-UNESCO - together with regional partners across the globe - is developing an inclusive Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS) to allow digital stakeholders to reliably share and discover key ocean data. ODIS is built by its participants: anyone with data to share can become a node in the ODIS network. During this course, participants will be trained in how to link their systems into ODIS and to make them a more visible and actionable part of the ocean’s digital ecosystem.




The aims of the course are to:

  • Equip participants with a conceptual understanding of what ODIS is, why it has been created, and how it works
  • Equip participants with conceptual and practical understandings of the technical components of ODIS, including its use of patterns and web-based publishing and harvesting
  • Provide participants with the tools they need to describe their (meta)data and publish it 

The expected learning outcomes are:

  • An understanding of the Ocean InfoHub project
  • An understanding of the Ocean Data and Information System
  • An understanding of how to incorporate ODIS patterns into existing online databases or websites.

 Course contents:

  1. High-level concepts of OIH/ODIS
  2. General introduction to the use of and linked open data
  3. ODIS patterns
  4. Demos of patterns (One video per pattern, walking through filling them in with correct data (implementation agnostic)
  5. Setting up the standard publishing/contribution environment
  6. Harvesting patterns in JSON/RDF
  7. Querying harvested material

The target audience should have an understanding of:

  • Working understanding of JSON and the HTML Document Object Model
  • How to configure extensions to their web framework (DKAN, CKAN, geonetwork or others), if a framework is being used.


  • Lucy Scott
  • Pier Luigi Buttigieg
  • Adam Leadbetter
  • Tobias Spears
  • Douglas Fils
  • Arno Lambert

Deadline for applications: 10 September 2021 (23:59 CEST).

More info here