Data Management Strategy

Sound data and information management is critical to the successful delivery of OSPAR’s work to regularly assess the state of the marine environment of the North East Atlantic and the effect of the measures taken by OSPAR. In 2013, OSPAR endorsed a new data and information management strategy to establish a long term strategic approach to the management of OSPAR data and information to ensure its availability, accessibility and usefulness.

OSPAR Data Information Management System - ODIMS

The OSPAR Data and Information System (ODIMS) is one element of the Strategy. ODIMS is an online tool providing a single point of access to all the data and information gathered through OSPAR’s Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme across the different thematic work areas of the Convention. It will help ensure that data is readily accessible for OSPAR assessments, but also help a broad range of users to find data held by OSPAR, to facilitate access to it and make use of it.


This tool has been developed through a 2 year project completing July 2016 funded by the OSPAR Contracting Parties managed by the Secretariat through a contract let to Michael Carder Limited. To ensure the tool was developed in a way that will remain aligned with the data management landscape in Europe there has been a close engagement throughout the project with Contracting Parties, fellow Regional Seas Conventions, data centres and European Union processes and projects.


GeoNode is a geospatial content management system, a platform for the management and publication of geospatial data. It brings together mature and stable open-source software projects under a consistent and easy-to-use interface allowing non-specialized users to share data and create interactive maps.

Data management tools built into GeoNode allow for integrated creation of data, metadata, and map visualizations. Each dataset in the system can be shared publicly or restricted to allow access to only specific users. Social features like user profiles and commenting and rating systems allow for the development of communities around each platform to facilitate the use, management, and quality control of the data the GeoNode instance contains.

It is also designed to be a flexible platform that software developers can extend, modify or integrate against to meet requirements in their own applications.