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OceanDocs is an open access thematic digital repository covering all disciplines within the ocean sciences. Along with Aquatic Commons, OceanDocs is one of two major global repositories, both of whom include the science, management and conservation, life and resources and also the economic, sociological and legal aspects related to marine and aquatic environments.

OceanDocs is hosted and managed by the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). It was setup in 2007 and was originally called OdinPubAfrica as part of the IODE Ocean Data and Information Network Africa (ODINAFRICA) project, but was then extended to accept other regional ODIN groups and was renamed OceanDocs. OceanDocs provides support to those institutions in developing countries, who are unable to implement their own open access repository. The ultimate goal by IOC/IODE through training provided by the OceanDocs Team and the OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) is to build the capacity for these institutions to eventually host their own repository.

OceanDocs now supports more than 60 institutes worldwide. It currently offers more than 14,000 full text documents, a lot of them being rich text files and legacy papers and citations in its grey literature domain. It also offers document hosting for other IOC/IODE partners.

OceanDocs endorses the use of good practices for the creation, management and exchange of bibliographical metadata as it is recommended by Linked Open Data-enabled bibliographic data (LODE-BD)[1]. OceanDocs promotes the use of well-established metadata standards such as Dublin Core Metadata Elements or MODS for the exchange of bibliographic metadata. It encourages the use of authority data, controlled vocabularies, and syntax encoding standards whenever possible in order to enhance the quality of the interoperability and effectiveness of information exchange.

All bibliographic data are open according to the Open Data Commons Open Database License [2]. In support of this practice, OceanDocs endorses the OpenBiblio Principles [3] as published 17 January, 2011. OceanDocs is harvested by a number of bibliographic services including the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts database service.

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  • Goovaerts, M. (2007) OceanDocs: Repository Network on Oceanography and Marine Science. Paper IOC/IODE-XIX/30 in: Nineteenth Session of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE-XIX), Trieste, Italy, 12-16 March 2007, 10pp. Accessed 20 May 2019
  • Cristiani, A., Fonseca, E., Silvoni, G. And Sogaray, A. (2013) Red de Repositorios IODE/COI/Unesco de acceso abierto en Ciencias Marinas en América Latina y el Caribe: OceanDocs. Informatio, 18 (2) p.137-150.
  • Simpson, P. (2018) OceanDocs: The IOC Repository Network for Marine Science. Policy Document. Oostende, Belgium, International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, 20pp.

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