The UN Decade of Ocean Science singles out the importance of Data, metadata, and information management and practices across the globe. However, recent reviews by TCODE of PICES data policy, and discussion from the workshop on Openly Discoverable, Accessible, and Reusable Data and Information in the U.N. Decade, have revealed shortcomings in data flow, awareness, and management structures and IT within PICES. The UNDOS is data and IT driven, and outcomes demand a ‘digital ecosystem’ for all ocean-related data, metadata, information, and products and services. In order for this data and information to be considered reliable and usable, it must adhere to certain standards and quality assurances (some standards are still being developed within the UN Decade data framework). In order for PICES records, data, and information to be maintained and relevant within the UN Decade digital ecosystem, significant focus and effort must be applied to ensure proper data and information management and connectability with UN Decade digital infrastructure.
Additionally, connections between TCODE and other programs both within PICES and beyond, need to be strengthened. In order to improve PICES ‘data culture’, motivation for sharing of data needs to also change. This study group will work to explore practical ways in which to make this happen. PICES data and information flow needs to be identified and bolstered. Development of data flow protocols may help each project and expert group maintain proper data and information management. Metadata catalogs are to become core elements of data management. Additionally, further investigation is warranted to fully understand the potential for PICES data, information and management and integration with UN Decade digital platforms.