National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/c, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanogafia e di Geofisica sperimentale, Trieste, PO: 34010 (Italy)
Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/c, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanogafia e di Geofisica sperimentale, Trieste, PO: 34010 (Italy)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2002
Under construction since 1995
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) hosts the National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) for Italy, representative at the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange system of UNESCO, operating within the scope of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IODE/IOC), active for the storage, classification and dissemination of marine data sets.NODC maintains a database with more than 360,000 vertical profiles of physical and biochemical variables collected in the Mediterranean over the last 100 years, fully validated according to international standards and made available through a simple web interface.NODC operates as a national reference for the management of marine historical data (physics/chemistry), promoting the exchange of information with the development of a national information system based on protocols and technologies already adopted at European level, and acting in line with the EU instructions.The OGS/NODC information system is fully integrated into the European network of distributed databases EU-SeaDataNet (pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean and Marine Data Management). This infrastructure is also used by DG MARE EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data Network) tenders as an element of integration between different themes.

RI Keywords
Multidisciplinary data, International standards, Interoperability, Online services, Marine environment, Metadata catalogues, Marine strategy, Historical data, Quality assurance, Data quality control, Vertical profiles, Time series
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Discovery services

Metadata directories according to European standards (CSR, EDMED, EDIOS, EDMERP) and user interfaces.

Delivery services

Requesting and downloading of data sets.


Technological environment and databases for the data maintenance.

Additional Data
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IOC/IODE)