Services for data producers

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster federates data management and scientific expertise activities at the national level to promote and facilitate the use of oceanographic observations. ODATIS' partner centres offer guaranteed services on data management in terms of referencing, hosting, distribution and interoperability.

The challenge is therefore to define common bases for all data producers and to make datasets interoperable so that their resources are coherent, shareable, exploitable and in a multidisciplinary approach required to study the Earth system, so that the data can be combined with each other.

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster offers several services to data producers to help make data more visible and accessible by being referenced in the ODATIS catalogue, better tracked and cited via a unique identification number ("DOI") and preserved in secure warehouses (off-line archiving). These various services are summarized in the adjacent illustration and are accessible in the subpages of this section.

For any questions regarding these data management and valuation services, please use the "Contact" form.

Data scope

The data scope disseminated and/or hosted by the ODATIS Ocean Cluster includes:

  • in situ observation data, whether punctual or from collections of observation networks,
  • remote sensing observation data, satellite or airborne, from processing levels L2-L3 (Level-2 and -3),
  • derived data assembling L1 or L2 datasets for a particular use, variable fields from different observations (L3 and L4 products) to finally produce a dataset that can be modeled data (e. g. ocean tide), composite data (e. g. in-situ data from drifters combined with sea level data), ocean indicators, etc.

A dataset listed in the ODATIS catalogue allows a standardised description and easy referencing by including the provision of metadata. As a data producer, you can choose if your dataset is:

  • referenced in the catalogue, hosted and distributed via one of the partner centres,
  • referenced in the catalogue, hosted and distributed via a partner of your choice.


The ODATIS Ocean Cluster's data catalogue offers users several data access service tools: a search engine with selection filters, a data description service, a visualization service, and a direct download service or a download via the local partners' portal (a short video shows these main features). The catalogue is directly accessible from this page.

Distribution of a dataset through the catalogue

To initiate the referencing of your dataset (observation data, derived data, maps, indicators,...), please fill in the following fields accessible from this form. The ODATIS team will then enter this information on a dedicated administration interface. A final validation step on your part will allow us to publish the metadata sheet in the ODATIS catalogue.

Link to the form

Hosting and Distribution of a dataset

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster offers data producers the possibility of hosting a copy of their referenced dataset via the ODATIS catalogue.  

The deposit of your data files on servers can be entrusted to SEANOE (with authentication), in the case of small volume data sets with limited versions (one-shot), or to one of ODATIS' data centres and services (CDS) or to one of the partners of your choice.

In this case of hosting via ODATIS, the definition of metadata is also essential to ensure a standardized description and visibility of the data. For this purpose, we ask you to complete this form specifying your choice to host your dataset. The ODATIS team will then analyse your needs in terms of the volume required for yourdata set and, with your agreement, forward your request to the most appropriate services (SEANOE or CDS).

Link to the form

DOI provision

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster offers support to data producers for the provision of a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for a dataset which has to be distinguished from a DOI applied to a publication.

This DOI corresponds to a numerical identifier specific to the dataset, attached to a permanent URL and in which the author (the data producer) is clearly identified. This allows an accurate, reliable and long-lasting citation of the dataset, making the data easier to (re)find and reuse (Findable and Reusable from the FAIR principle).

The ODATIS catalogue includes this DOI quotation on the referenced metadata records.

To begin with

The request for a DOI is made from the SEANOE or SEXTANT portal (IFREMER) or through SEDOO.

To initiate the request for a DOI, you will have to provide a list of metadata (mandatory and optional) either directly on the SEANOE portal, or via the SEXTANT portal or through this request form intended to SEDOO: author(s) of the data (name, first name of the natural or legal person, list of authors, ORCID ID), title, name of the entity that produced/financed the resource, the year the data was made available, URL of the description page...Link to the request form to SEDOO

Landing page

If a descriptive web page (commonly called a "landing page") already exists for your dataset and for which you guarantee the durability of the URL, please indicate this URL in the DOI creation form.

If such a landing page does not yet exist, the ODATIS catalogue metadata sheet, referencing your dataset, will correspond to this landing page. In the latter case, please indicate this ODATIS catalogue URL (example of an ODATIS catalogue dataset URL) in the DOI creation form.

DOI Declaration

Based on the metadata you have provided in the form, SEANOE or SEXTANT or SEDOO will then report this request to an official body (DataCite). Finally, a DOI is generated whose number is structured with a common prefix and suffix that characterizes your dataset.

This DOI number will be provided to you and you can use it for any referencing of your dataset. This DOI will also be recorded in the ODATIS catalogue metadata sheet.

Off-line repository

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster offers data producers the possibility of archiving a dataset to store it in a secure way on an archiving platform and make it accessible to the data producer, for further studies and projects.

The same dataset existing in several versions can thus be directly accessible via the ODATIS catalogue while an earlier version can be archived in offline mode.

This archiving of the dataset has several objectives: to preserve the dataset long-term by ensuring that it maintains its integrity, to make it accessible to the authors of the data and to guarantee its readability.

We ask you to fill in the following form and specify your choice to archive your dataset. The ODATIS team will then analyse your needs and direct you to the most appropriate offline archiving service (repository).

Link to the form.

Data Management Plan Support

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster offers data producers support for the development and implementation of a Data Management Plan (DMP). These data management plans are increasingly in demand in calls for tenders financed by public funds, particularly from Europe.

A data management plan is an explicit document describing how the data produced is obtained, described, documented, protected, shared, disseminated and stored throughout the project life cycle (during the project and at the end of the project). Several models can be proposed according to the specific needs of data producers.

For any questions regarding the Data Management Plan (DMP), please use the Contact form and specify in the Subject field: "Support for a Data Management Plan".

Support on data use conditions

The datasets referenced by the ODATIS cluster via its data catalogue are subjected to conditions of use: access rights and user licence.

These access conditions are chosen by each data producer.

The Interpôles working group, including the ODATIS Ocean Cluster, encourages the implementation of the Creative Commons license, which determines the conditions for data reuse while providing legal security for the authors of these data. Several options can be combined with the following elements: attribution-paternity (your name is mentioned when using it), sharing under the same conditions, no modification, non-commercial use, etc.

  • Public domain, no copyright (CC 0)
  • Attribution (CC BY)
  • Attribution + NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)
  • Attribution + NoDerivatives (CC BY-ND)
  • Attribution + NonCommercial + NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)
  • Attribution + ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
  • Attribution + NonCommercial + ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)


However, each data producer can also define other access constraints according to its own needs (authors' non-liability, embargo, etc.).

For any questions regarding these terms of use, please use the Contact form and specify in the Subject field: "Support on data use conditions".

Support for compliance with format standards

The format of a dataset is the way in which data is structured and made available to users and software that can reference, manipulate and visualize it. To ensure the fast and efficient use of data, these formats should meet standards.

Support for the definition, computer formatting of data files and verification of these standards can be requested by each data producer from the ODATIS Cluster.

To define your needs, we ask you to complete the Contact form describing the structure of your dataset: the data itself but also the structure for storing it and the metadata for identifying it. Please specify in the Subject of this form: "Support for compliance with format standards".

Data production support

The missions of the ODATIS Ocean Cluster's Data and Services Centres (CDS) include data processing services:

  • conception and validation of innovative methods for specific themes, and the development of products derived from them;
  • support via IT means to produce the data from the measurements and algorithms provided by the data producer;
  • development of general tools (analyses, models, etc.) based on the specific expertise of the Data and Services Centers (see Tools and Software);
  • implementation of joint scientific activities of the ODATIS cluster (implementation of measurement means for calibration and validation of products derived from satellite data, models and methods, etc.).

For any questions about this support, please use the Contact form, specifying in the subject "Support for data production" and specifying your needs as precisely as possible.

Online publications available

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Tools and software

The ODATIS Ocean Cluster's technical expertise makes it possible to offer a set of tools and software, made available to data producers and users. These tools and software enable data to be processed, compared, extrapolated, visualized and validated so that they can be used in research publications and reports or introduced into models (long-term visualization, climate prediction, etc.).

More information on these tools and software.