Thursday, 26 May 2016

Titanic wreck discoverer speaks at Ocean Floor Forum

Among keynote speakers at a major conference on the comprehensive mapping of the ocean floor in Monaco, June 2016, is Dr Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. Dr Ballard is Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust that operates one of America’s dedicated ships of exploration.

Forum for Future Ocean Floor mapping
The conference, the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping, is being held jointly by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), and The Nippon Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
The Forum will bring together over 150 senior representatives, scientists and scholars from major ocean-related and international organisations, to discuss the importance of understanding the shape of the ocean floor. The Forum will culminate in the development of a Roadmap for Future Ocean Floor Mapping.


GEBCO consists of an international group of experts who work on the development of a range of bathymetric data sets and data products with the aim of providing the most authoritative publically-available bathymetry for the world’s oceans and operates under the joint auspices of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
The GEBCO chart series was initiated in 1903 by Prince Albert I of Monaco. Five paper editions of the GEBCO chart series were produced, with the Fifth Edition published in the 1980’s. Since then, GEBCO has largely concentrated on developing and making available digital bathymetric data sets and products.


Through funding provided by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) has been involved in GEBCO’s activities since the early 1990’s – hosting the role of the GEBCO Digital Atlas Manager. On behalf of GEBCO this has involved the development of the GEBCO Digital Atlas (GDA); the maintenance and delivery of GEBCO’s gridded bathymetric data sets, and hosting and maintaining GEBCO’s web site.

Pauline Weatherall (GEBCO Digital Atlas Manager) and Graham Allen (Head of BODC and GEBCO Guiding Committee Member) look forward to meeting you at this exciting Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping.

Friday, 6 May 2016

National Oceanography Centre IT Manager vacancy

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is seeking an IT Manager to lead our 30-strong IT Team.

The team delivers the enabling IT services to research scientists, National Marine Facilities and corporate teams totaling 600 users across the 2 NOC sites in Southampton and Liverpool and to a further 400 users of our partners (including the University of Southampton) co-located at our waterfront Southampton location.

The role has everything you would expect in a leading research science organisation: delivery of HPC services, management of network infrastructure, an extensive suite of desktops and associated service desk support and provision of database and web services.

The role is diverse, being responsible for all aspects of IT delivery including team management, budgets, security, relationship management and technical co-ordination. [More information]

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

BODC at the 2016 Challenger Conference

The 17th biennial Challenger Conference takes place in Liverpool on 05–09 September 2016, hosted jointly by the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is involved in two sessions and a new data management special interest group.
Challenger Society for Marine Science logo©
Abstract submission is now open and registration will be available from March. Authors are invited to submit abstracts for inclusion in the conference program. Please follow the 'abstract submission' link for full details of the other sessions.
For details of the special Challenger Society for Marine Science's interest group please contact Matt Donnelly at BODC.

Friday, 16 October 2015

We value your feedback

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is reviewing our website and data delivery mechanisms. We are inviting feedback from the marine data user community about their preferences and experiences of searching and interacting with marine data holdings, both in general and more specifically those managed by the BODC.

BODC web site ©
The survey can be accessed through the following link:

We hope to use this feedback to improve our ability to provide our holdings to those who wish to access and use marine data.

You are invited to take a short online survey of up to 15 questions, which should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Feedback will be collected anonymously but you are invited to provide contact details if there are any aspects you would be happy for us to follow up with you.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Vocabulary search interface released

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) announces the release of its search client for the NERC Vocabulary Server, NVS2.0
This tool provides easy access to nearly 200 controlled vocabularies, describing over 100,000 environmental metadata terms. It enables powerful search options for both lay users and experts.
The NVS2.0 advanced search interface ©
To cater for a variety of needs, the simple, free-text search is tuned to give the best results for casual browsing, while the advanced options allow "power users" to tailor the tool to their methods.
NVS2.0 and the controlled vocabularies it hosts, are used worldwide by the environmental data community. In addition to the new Vocabulary search, NVS2.0 provides linked data access. Widespread use of the NVS2.0 vocabularies enhances interoperability of environmental data systems, and promotes data discovery and reuse. BODC invites you to explore, use and contribute to this international resource.
To find out more about NVS2.0, read about the NERC Vocabulary Server.

Monday, 10 August 2015

British Oceanographic Data Centre at GEOTRACES Annual Meeting

In July 2015, Abby Bull (GEOTRACES Data Manager) and Graham Allen (Head of BODC) attended meetings of the GEOTRACES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and Data Management Committee (DMC) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. These annual meetings focus on GEOTRACES data management, as well as the overall running of the project (overseen by the SSC; a committee comprising 15 international representatives, the DMC Co-chairs and the GEOTRACES Data Manager). 

Participants at the GEOTRACES meeting ©
GEOTRACES is an international study of the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements’ isotopes. The programme, involving scientists from 35 nations, plans to cover all major ocean basins over the next decade. To date, 747 stations have been sampled during 52 cruises, resulting in over 1000 hydrographical and geochemical data sets. 
To facilitate access to the data, the first GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product (IDP) is now freely available online. It contains data collected and quality-controlled up to the end of 2013. It includes contributions from laboratories around the world involved with the GEOTRACES programme, who’ve shared hydrographic and marine geochemical data in order to strengthen relationships within the oceanographic community. These results will prove useful in many fields of oceanography and the timely release of quality-controlled data is of great benefit to marine research. An electronic atlas, eGEOTRACES, providing 2D and 3D images of the oceanic distribution of many of the parameters, accompanies the digital data.
The second IDP will be launched at 2017's Goldschmidt Conferencin Paris. The British Oceanographic Data Centre is looking forward to being involved and continuing to contribute.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

BODC working with BCO-DMO on GEOTRACES

Abby Bull, Data Manager for the GEOTRACES project, and Head of the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) Graham Allen recently spent time with colleagues at the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, USA.

Abby Bull (BODC) with Shannon Rauch and Bob Groman (BCO-DMO) outside the BCO-DMO office at WHOI. ©
The purpose of the visit was twofold; as well as agreeing GEOTRACES data exchange protocols both parties discussed how the two highly-regarded data centres can build on their long history of collaboration.
BCO-DMO is a combination of formerly independent Data Management Offices formed to support large US research programmes. Its staff work with scientists to make data from US National Science Foundation (NSF) research projects available online.