Future of IODE survey — deadline November 7

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8PP8NVJ

Your opinion is very important to the Future of IODE. Some of you may have only a brief acquaintance with IODE. Others have known of IODE for many years. Please take the time to take this survey .

The probably most import topic of discussion at the 23rd Session of the IODE Committee in March 2015 will be the future of IODE. While IODE’s model of a global network of oceanographic data (and information) centres has worked well for 50 years we must now appreciate that other parallel networks are existing or developing. Many of these are better funded so we cannot (and maybe should not) compete with these. On the other hand as these networks are often region based there may still be a need for a “global umbrella” like IODE. We therefore need to think about what are the areas where IODE can or should play a role in the future and how IODE should interact with the many other networks.

In order to obtain YOUR opinion on this matter we have now prepared a survey of 32 questions (most of them require only ticking a box). The outcome of the survey will be used by a small working group that will prepare a discussion paper proposing possible directions for the IODE of the future. This document will be circulated by the end of January/half February so you can carefully study it and formulate your opinion during the Session (or before, by email, if you prefer or in case you cannot participate in person).

So please take 15-20 minutes to answer the questions so IODE can remain, or become again, your leading data/information management community organisation.

The survey will remain open for 1 month UNTIL 7 NOVEMBER 2014.

The URL is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8PP8NVJ

Linda Pikula

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