The ICES Data and Information Group (DIG) have agreed a proposal to consolidate the oceanographic dataflow to only allow data submissions in two formats that are well recognised and well used by the ICES data submitters. The primary ‘default’ submission format would be:
The secondary format, which is already in use by some oceanographic data submitters to consolidate different data types:
Oceanographic data managed within the ICES Data Centre is currently allowed to be submitted in any well described format, and then subsequently mapped to the ICES Oceanographic Format (IOF). This model was conceived at a time when computing power, and computing storage were at a premium, and there was no internet. In line with the focus in the advisory plan promoting FAIR data principles, it is proposed to bring the ingestion format into line with well described and supported community practices. This would also allow the ICES Secretariat to focus on automation of quality control and standardisation to community vocabularies. Of the 30 dataflows that ICES have documented for the Core Trust Seal accreditation, the oceanographic data flow is the only one accepting a non-specified format.