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Volume 23 Issue 03

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Volume 23, No. 3
Pages 140 - 151


IOC Contributions to International, Interdisciplinary Open Data Sharing

David M. Glover Peter H. WiebeCynthia L. ChandleSydney Levitus
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Over the last 50 years, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) has had a profound influence upon the willingness of United Nations Member States to share and provide access to their international and interdisciplinary oceanographic data. (For an early history and review of IOC achievements, see Roll, 1979.) Ocean science over the last half century has been transformed from a predominately modular, single-disciplinary, and individualistic science into a national and multinational interdisciplinary enterprise (Briscoe, 2008; Powell, 2008). The transformation began slowly, but as computing power increased, the pace accelerated, and along with these alterations came shifts in cultural practices regarding the sharing of data.


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