A key element of IMOS is that all observations are turned into quality controlled data that can be discovered, accessed, downloaded, used and reused in perpetuity. Datasets and time series are essentially the research infrastructure that is being created and developed. This has been achieved by having a separate Data Facility, the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN), that is responsible for building and maintaining a national marine information infrastructure. The infrastructure includes a geospatial portal as well as a metadata system, file formats, controlled vocabularies, file storage, servers, web services, and data tools.
All IMOS data can be discovered, accessed and downloaded via the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) Portal.
The IMOS OceanCurrent website provides ready access to quick-look graphics of Australian ocean conditions, including geostrophic current, sea surface temperature and chlorophyll-a.
In order to make specialised data more usable to a wider audience, the AODN staff and Facilities have developed a number of data tools over the years.
The IMOS data holding, currently available via the portal, is detailed in a suite of reports generated by AODN staff on a monthly basis.
Workflow diagrams have been developed by AODN staff, in consultation with staff from all other IMOS Facilities.