Ocean InfoHub

Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende, Belgium

Established: 2020

Organisation type: United Nations Entity
Geographical scope: Global
Member countries:
Participating countries: Angola, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Plurinational State Of, Botswana, Brazil, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The, Cote D\'Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, French Guiana, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Martinique, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Samoa, South Africa, Tonga, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic Of, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

The Ocean InfoHub (OIH) facilitates access to global oceans information, data and knowledge products for management and sustainable development.

Organisation’s mission:

The project is not establishing a new database, but will be supporting discovery and interoperability of existing information systems through the development of a lightweight Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS) architecture. This enables users from Member States and other partners to discover data, data products, data services, information products and services.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

The Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS) architecture provides the interoperability layer and supporting technology to allow existing and emerging ocean data and information systems, from any stakeholder, to interoperate with one another. This enables and accelerates more effective development and dissemination of digital technology and sharing of ocean data, information, and knowledge. As such, ODIS is not a new portal or centralised system, but provides a collaborative solution to interlink distributed systems for common goals. Together with global project partners and partners in the three regions, a process of co-design has enabled a number of global and regional nodes to test the proof of concept for the ODIS.


  • catalogues
  • interoperability
  • marine spatial information
  • open data
  • standardisation


  • Data management, interoperability, sharing, access, open data policies
  • Provision of (ocean) information services
  • User of ocean information services