IODE was created in 1961, almost immediately after the creation of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in 1960.

Formally the IODE started out as a Working Group on Oceanographic Data Exchange created during the First IOC Assembly (19-27 October 1961) through Resolution I-9. The report of the first meeting of the group (1962) is available from https://oceanexpert.org/document/813.

The Working Group became a Working Committee in 1973 through Resolution VIII-31, adopted by the 8th Session of the IOC Assembly (5-17 November 1973).
A more complete historical overview of the IODE Programme between 1961 and 2003 was published in 2003 and is available from http://hdl.handle.net/1834/42304


The IOC Project Office for IODE based in Oostende, Belgium was established on 25 April 2005.

The Project Office hosts the IODE secretariat and manages all IODE Programme Componements, Activitities and Projects.

In 2022 the Project office moved to a new building, the InnovOcean Campus together with its partners ( Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, EMODnet, European Marine Board, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, KustErfgoed, Instituut voor Landbouw-, Visserij- en voedingsonderzoek).

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Find here the full staff, including team members in Oostende as well as in many other parts of the world.