Introduction - Please read before submitting your Expression of Interest

Data and information will be key enablers of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  Digitizing, preserving, managing, exchanging and, most importantly, using a significantly increased volume and range of ocean-related data, information and knowledge will be cornerstones of the success of the Decade.

The ambition of the Decade in relation to data, information and knowledge management includes significant enhancement of infrastructure, common approaches that enable interoperable data sharing and stewardship, and enhanced collaboration between data providers and users. Implementing a “digital ocean ecosystem” to support the Decade will be a dynamic and continuous process, incorporating established approaches and technologies as well as those that are only just emerging.

The Decade digital ecosystem will catalyse cooperation between data generators and users from diverse stakeholder groups including governments, UN (and non-UN) entities , scientists, planners, decision-makers, as well as industry and the public. The digital ecosystem and its component parts will support users in accessing, understanding, assessing, and providing impactful feedback on raw and processed data, information and knowledge so that these better meet their specific needs.

The Ocean Decade Data Coordination Platform is the group that will be tasked with achieving these ambitions.

The Data Coordination Platform will have two components:

  • The Ocean Decade Data Coordination Group: this group will be focused on strategic exchange and coordination between key actors – including data generators, managers and users in the ocean data and information domain.  It will provide guidance and instructions to the Ocean Decade Data Technical Implementation Coordination Group. 
  • The Ocean Decade Data Technical Implementation Coordination Group: this group will be focused on technical collaboration to develop the technical elements required to build the “digital data ecosystem” foreseen under the Ocean Decade.


This call for nominations is restricted to institutions and their representatives that have an interest in participating as a member of the Ocean Decade Data Coordination Group.  A future call for nominations will be issued for membership in the Technical Implementation Coordination Group. 

Representatives of international or regional entities with strategic planning and implementation responsibility for the generation or management of ocean data and information systems and services, as well as  representatives of user communities of data and information products and services, are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more detail on the responsibilities and tasks of the Ocean Decade Coordination Platform, and the Data Coordination Group specifically, please read the Terms of Reference.

PDF version of this form - in case you wish to prepare the questions ahead of starting the electronic form.

A first Meeting of the Ocean Decade Data Coordination Platform group is tentatively scheduled for the late November – early December 2021.

Nominations for membership in the Ocean Decade Data Coordination Group will close on Friday, October 29th at 11:00 PM Universal Time.

Nominations will then be reviewed by the Ocean Decade Coordination Unit in consultation with IOC/IODE, and recommendations then presented to the IOC Executive Secretary for formal invitation to join the Data Coordination Group.

Contact: Terry McConnell (