Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

Online, 20 - 24 September 2021 An Ocean Of Opportunities

6 - An accessible ocean - Working Groups

How to achieve - An accessible ocean with open and equitable access to data, information and technology and innovation

Inequalities in ocean science capacity and capabilities need to be eradicated through simultaneously improving access to and quality control of data, knowledge, and technology. This needs to be coupled with increased skills and opportunities to engage in data collection, knowledge generation and technological development, particularly in LDCs, SIDS and LLDCs. Increased dissemination of quality controlled and relevant ocean knowledge to the scientific community, governments, educators, business and industry, and the public through relevant and accessible products will improve management, innovation and decision-making contributing to societal goals of sustainable development.

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  • Anton Van de Putte - 0000-0003-1336-5554
    Anton Van de Putte is a marine biologist that obtained a PhD working on the ecology and evolution of Antarctic fish. During his PhD he became passionate about Open data. He is currently based at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences and Free University of Brussels. He currently manages the SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal, a regional node for the Ocean Biodiversity Information System. As the Belgian scientific representative to CCAMLR he is keen on translating open data and open science into ecosystem based management in the Southern Ocean.
  • Taco de Bruin - 0000-0001-9149-2095
    Taco de Bruin is a physicist with a major in meteorology from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He is Scientific Data Manager at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, where he manages both oceanographic and polar data from national programmes of The Netherlands. Currently, he is co-chair of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) committee of IOC/UNESCO as well as a member of various data committees such as SCADM, SOOS-DMSC and ICES-DIG.