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Information infrastructure for Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System


Hidas, MG and Proctor, R and Atkins, N and Atkinson, J and Besnard, L and Blain, P and Bohm, P and Burgess, J and Finney, K and Fruehauf, D and Galibert, G and Hoenner, X and Hope, J and Jones, C and Mancini, S and Pasquer, B and Nahodil, D and Reid, K and Tattersall, K, Information infrastructure for Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System, Earth Science Informatics, 9, (4) pp. 525-534. ISSN 1865-0473 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 The Authors Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1007/s12145-016-0266-2


Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS, is research infrastructure to establish an enduring observing program for Australian oceanic waters and shelf seas. The observations cover physical, biological, and chemical variables to address themes of multi-decadal ocean change, climate variability and weather extremes, boundary currents and inter-basin flows, continental shelf processes and ecosystem responses.

IMOS observations are collected by national facilities based on various platform types and operated by partner institutions around the country. In this paper we describe the infrastructure and workflows developed to manage and distribute the data to the public. We highlight the existing standards and open-source software we have adopted, and the contributions we have made. To demonstrate the value of this infrastructure we provide some illustrations of use and uptake.

All IMOS data are freely and openly available to the public via the Ocean Portal ( All IMOS-developed software is open-source and accessible at

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine observations, research infrastructure, data management, data access, public data, open-source software
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Hidas, MG (Dr Marty Hidas)
UTAS Author:Proctor, R (Dr Roger Proctor)
UTAS Author:Atkins, N (Dr Natalia Atkins)
UTAS Author:Atkinson, J (Mr Julian Atkinson)
UTAS Author:Besnard, L (Mr Laurent Besnard)
UTAS Author:Blain, P (Dr Peter Blain)
UTAS Author:Bohm, P (Mr Philip Bohm)
UTAS Author:Burgess, J (Mr Jon Burgess)
UTAS Author:Finney, K (Dr Kim Finney)
UTAS Author:Fruehauf, D (Mr Dan Fruehauf)
UTAS Author:Galibert, G (Mr Guillaume Galibert)
UTAS Author:Hoenner, X (Mr Xavier Hoenner)
UTAS Author:Hope, J (Miss Jacqui Hope)
UTAS Author:Jones, C (Mr Craig Jones)
UTAS Author:Mancini, S (Mr Sebastien Mancini)
UTAS Author:Pasquer, B (Dr Benedicte Pasquer)
UTAS Author:Nahodil, D (Mr David Nahodil)
UTAS Author:Reid, K (Miss Kate Reid)
UTAS Author:Tattersall, K (Ms Katherine Tattersall)
ID Code:109950
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2016-07-08
Last Modified:2017-11-17
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