International Collaborations & Other Projects

AODN actively engages in national and international activities that promote the use and uptake of standardised interoperable data. Information technology is a rapidly changing area and new approaches are being developed to meet the challenges of the explosion in data volume and its delivery methods. It is important that the AODN staff keep abreast of these.

We are members of fora for information exchange on developing standards,


and a partner in

  • Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP), the international (EU-USA-Australia) project which contributes to the removal of barriers hindering the effective sharing of data across scientific domains and international boundaries.


Standardised metadata is important for data discovery. The AODN is developing a set of controlled vocabularies for metadata tagging and has been a major contributor to the development of the vocabulary management and publishing service Research Vocabularies Australia hosted by the Australian National Data Service, which hosts the AODN vocabularies.