Since 2019, CODE has been working with partners including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ocean Conservancy, Esri, Microsoft, and Amazon to explore the state of ocean data in the United States and around the world.
In February 2020, we co-hosted a Roundtable with those partners which explored ways to make NOAA’s ocean data, part of one of the largest data inventories of any federal agency, more accessible and useful for the public through NOAA’s Big Data Program (BDP). The Roundtable connected NOAA, Microsoft, and Amazon - two of their partners in the BDP - with potential data users at other federal agencies, state, local, and regional groups, and private organizations like Esri and Ocean Conservancy. The Roundtable helped inform a larger research project that CODE conducted in partnership with Ocean Conservancy that surveys the current state of ocean data in the U.S. and proposes policy changes to strengthen the ocean data ecosystem.
Later that year, CODE had the opportunity to bring together a group of ocean data experts to explore the state of the art as well as the future of ocean data around the world. These experts participated in our 2020 Virtual United Nations World Data Forum Session, Data for the Blue Future: New Collaborations for Progress, which you can view below.