Collecting high quality data is the very raison d’être of the research vessels and of scientific campaigns taking place on them or using large oceanographic instrumentation.
In Eurofleets+ we pay a lot of attention to develop and implement a high level data processing chain, from the acquisition to the dissemination.
On one hand, data that are usually automatically recorded when a vessel is sailing –navigation, oceanographic parameters, meteorological parameters– will be collected and transmitted in near real time for almost immediate dissemination and, after ad hoc quality control, to be uploaded to data portals like SeaDataNet.
On the other hand, any scientific project funded by Eurofleets+ will have to set up and implement a Data Management Plan, in cooperation with the three Euroflets+ reference data centres (the national oceanographic data centres of Belgium, Greece and Italy), in order to ensure the best handling possible of the data they will generate.
In all cases, the objective is to make the data collected thanks to Eurofleets+ compliant with the FAIR principles: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.