IODE: 4th OBPS Workshop Makes Recommendations
The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE; WDS Network Member), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, held the 4th Community Workshop of the IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) as an online event, spread over two weeks and comprising plenary sessions, breakout groups, and parallel working groups. A record 452 participants from across the globe participated with a single objective: to facilitate community-led evolution of methods into best practices in ocean observations and applications. The workshop included 11 thematic working groups that addressed both cross-cutting themes and strategies for best practice development within specific communities.
The workshop made a number of recommendations focussing on 6 key areas:
- The OBPS should extend its technical functions
- The OBPS should increase its collaboration with the ocean observing and applications communities
- The OBPS should further extend its role in training and education
- The OBPS should intensity its outreach activities
- The OBPS should facilitate the convergence of methods and standards
- The OBPS should support the expansion of global interoperability
The recommendations of the Workshop—both for the OBPS and for the communities which participated in the working groups—will be submitted to the IOC Steering Group for the Ocean Best Practices System (SG-OBPS) at its Second Session (19–22 October 2020; online). A workshop proceedings will be issued before the end of the year.