The IODE Committee (2023) called for more NODCs and ADUs to apply for IODE accreditation but noted that there were a number of factors that hampered data centres, especially in the global south, to apply. The IODE Committee therefore called on already accredited NODCs and ADUs as well as other well established NODCs and ADUs to assist other centres by:

  • answering questions on “how to”;
  • undertaking a visit to the (candidate) NODC to meet with staff and to provide advice;
  • hosting staff of the new NODC in your own NODC so they can acquire the necessary hands-on experience in ocean data management.
  • participating as lecturer in relevant (OTGA) courses.(*)

(*) OTGA may organize relevant training courses

The following IODE data centres have offered such support (status on 30 April 2024):

(language(s) in which they can provide support between [ ])

Accredited NODCs

  • China [Eng)
  • Ireland [Eng)
  • Norway [Eng]
  • United Kingdom [Eng]

Other NODCs

  • Argentina [Esp, Eng]
  • Colombia [Esp, Eng]
  • India [Eng]
  • Malaysia [Eng]
  • Portugal [Eng]

If you operate an NODC or ADU and need assistance as described above then please contact the IODE Secretariat ( Please describe the assistance needed (sorry we cannot provide equipment or financial support), the preferred language and preferred NODC (e.g. in your region).

Other NODCs that can provide mentoring assistance are invited to contact us if they wish to assist.