JCOMM Data Management Coordination Group, Third Session

Author(s) JCOMM (WMO and IODE)
Summary Bearing in mind that the Third Session of JCOMM will take place in November 2009 the Group stressed the importance of timely preparation of documentation. The Group reviewed progress with its work plan assigned by the Second JCOMM Session. It noted in particular the significant progress towards developing standards through the IODE/JCOMM Forum on Oceanographic Data Management and Exchange Standards held in January, 2008, and rapid progress with the JCOMM Pilot Project for the WMO Integrated Global Observing Systems (WIGOS). There was good progress on matters relating to table driven codes (TDCs). There is still significant work needed on establishing a Data Management Programme Area (DMPA) web presence. The Expert Team on Marine Climatology (ETMC) reported a reorganization of work with the creation of 2 task teams, the TT-MOCS (Marine-meteorological and Oceanographic Climatological Summaries) and the TT-DMVOS (Delayed Mode VOS data). ETMC will develop a database of extreme wave events in collaboration with the Expert Team on wind Waves and Storm Surges (ETWS) in the JCOMM Services Programme Area (SPA), develop marine climate indices in collaboration with the joint CLIVAR/CCl/JCOMM Expert Team on Climate Detection and Indices (ETCCDI) and extend the contents of the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (I-COADS) in collaboration with SPA and others, and quality control process for surface meteorology and oceanographic measurements and continue to guide the development of the metadata pilot project for water temperature measurements (METAT) with support provided by the Chinese ocean data centre. As soon as possible, this metadata project will expand its view to include other instrumentation and variables. The IODE/JCOMM Expert Team on Data Management Practices (ETDMP) has carried out significant work done to collaborate with the WMO Information System (WIS) in a prototype development. The end-to-end (E2E) software developed as part of the prototype has been improved and is the basis of the recently approved development of the Ocean Data Portal (ODP) of IODE. This will also contribute to the JCOMM Pilot Project for WIGOS. Similarly for ETMC, ETDMP has created a task team to continue the development of the E2E technology and they will focus activities on supporting the WIGOS work. The main work of ETDMP will be refocused on standards development through managing the standards process that was formulated at the joint IODE/JCOMM Forum. This work will proceed from now until JCOMM-III as a pilot project. Closer collaboration has been established with other Programme Areas of JCOMM. The JCOMM Observations Programme Area (OPA) will be helping to write a document that explains how marine data can be distributed in both real-time and delayed mode. This will contribute to a catalogue of best practices being assembled by the JCOMM Management Committee. With SPA, there is the resolve to include both the Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) and the GODAE High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Pilot Project products as part of the WIGOS developments. Solid collaboration has been established between IODE and the DMPA. The chairs of DMCG and of IODE now both are official members of the other committee. In addition, there was agreement to collaborate on updating reference material. This will contribute both to the Catalogue of best practices and the need to address the quality management framework activities being pursued by WMO. Finally, the activities of the ETDMP are jointly agreed to by DMPA and IODE. This is a significant advantage in building cooperation. The meeting concluded with a significant action list.
Doc Type Report
Status Published on 28 Apr 2008
This document is in the list(s): JCOMM reports
This document is used in the event(s): 20th Session of the IOC Committee on IODE

Group(s): IODE
Created at 09:20 on 28 Nov 2008 by Peter Pissierssens
Updated at 09:22 on 28 Nov 2008 by Peter Pissierssens