02 MAY 2014

OA-ICC Meeting at IAEA Environment Labs Fosters International Cooperation on Ocean Acidification Data Management

OA-ICC Meeting at IAEA Environment LabsThe IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) organized an expert meeting on the management of ocean acidification biological response data at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco, 23-24 April 2014. The meeting brought together 23 ocean acidification scientists and data managers from ten Member States, with a common goal to work towards improving data management practices in order to enhance access, integration and inter-comparison of ocean acidification data and to foster global scientific collaboration.

The meeting participants worked on the following activities:

  • A revision of Chapter 15 of the “Guide to Best Practices for Ocean Acidification Research and Data Reporting” (, in particular expanding on biological response data, including recommendations on a data management plan and data policy, common vocabulary and metadata;
  • Guidelines for data curators;
  • Guidelines for authors of scientific papers on ocean acidification biological response studies, with the goal to facilitate data archiving and comparability;
  • A feasibility plan for a one-stop shop for ocean acidification data.

More information on the discussions and outcomes of the meeting will be available soon via the OA-ICC web site ( and OA-ICC news stream (

For more information, please contact Ms Lina Hansson, OA-ICC Project Officer (