A World of Ocean Data at Your Fingertips

The OOI has been collecting data for six years and has already provided 36 terabytes of data as of March 2020. This vast repository of data will continue to grow, serving as a vast resource of knowledge for anyone with an Internet connection. The data available range from raw data as received directly from an instrument to carefully crafted methodologies for how OOI data can be used to answer scientific questions.

Opportunities also exist for collecting data to address specific scientific questions. Here, we offer guidance on how to propose instrumentation to the OOI infrastructure to collect targeted data and ways to adapt ongoing sampling, as well. We also offer guidance on how to use and cite OOI data.

Along with the vast array of data collected is a commensurate commitment to ensuring its quality. We have dedicated experts who constantly monitor the incoming data. We provide annotations and automated control for data streams and are striving to meet the International Ocean Observing System’s Quality Assurance of Real Time Ocean Data (QARTOD) standards.

The contribution of OOI data to increasing understanding of ocean processes is evidenced by the diversity and number of data users, who collectively are advancing what we know about the changing ocean.