ISA workshop on DeepData: focusing on data management strategy 21 – 25 September 2020

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) will convene a 5-day workshop on the ISA DeepData database focusing on data management strategy from 21 to 25 September 2020, via an online platform. The workshop will be conducted in three parts:

  • Meeting for LTC members (2 days): Monday, 21 to Tuesday, 22 September.
  • Meeting for contractors (2 days): Wednesday, 23 to Thursday, 24 September.
  • Open meeting for the public (1 day): Friday, 25 September.

Building on the experience gained from the development and initial implementation of DeepData and ISA data management strategy, the workshop aims to        :

  • Increase awareness of the historical background, contents, functionalities, and potential use of DeepData to support the fulfillment of ISA mandate on environmental protection.
  • Develop with relevant LTC members the protocol for the submission of digital data by contractors, when submitting annual reports, including appropriate cataloguing, referencing from annual reports and metadata creation.
  • Review proposed updates to the reporting templates, within the context of data quality and control mechanisms.
  • Inform contractors on the steps involved in effectively populating the updated reporting templates.
  • Provide updates for the public on the results of the workshop discussions with LTC members and Contractors.
  • Explore possible mechanisms for collaboration with members of the scientific community and other stakeholders, to support development and review of DeepData.

A detailed agenda and other meeting documents will be available on the workshop event page at https://bit.ly/3f29Hse in due course, including an information note on the use of the online WebEx platform.

The meetings for LTC members and contractors are closed. For the open meeting on 25 September, members of ISA, as well as observers, contractors, international and regional organizations, projects/programs and initiatives, and academic/scientific institutions with an interest in increasing their understanding of DeepData, are invited to register here as soon as possible, but no later than 14 August 2020.

A description of the workshop background, objectives and expected outcomes is outlined in the attached Terms of Reference.

The maximum number of participants for the open session will be limited to 80 to enable effective engagement and discussion. Participants will be selected based on their experience and work activities relevant to DeepData as well as potential for future collaboration. Geographic representation and gender balance will also be taken into consideration.

For enquiries, please contact:

Mr. Sheldon Carter, Database Manager, Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources, International Seabed Authority: scarter@isa.org.jm