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Open Data Portals 

Open data portals provide users with access to raw data and regularly updated data sources, among other interactive features such as metadata catalogues, images, text, data analysis tools, documents, links, and search options.
(source: Wright 2009

We've compiled some regional, national, and international data portals that we hope you'll find useful.

Regional Open Data Portals

Atlantic DataStream- An open-access hub for sharing freshwater data. Our mission is to promote knowledge sharing and advance collaborative water stewardship. 

CIOOS Atlantic- Discover and access high-quality ocean and coastal data from across the Atlantic coast through the CIOOS Atlantic data portal. 

Geo NB- The data catalogue contains a list of the geographic datasets that are available for download.

GeoScience Online- Interactive Maps of Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Mineral Occurrences, Claims, Drill Core, Reports, and Maps for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Open Data NS- Nova Scotia Government's Open Data Portal. Making government data easier to access for individuals, businesses, and researchers. 

Open Data Newfoundland- Open data is the release of Government datasets in accessible formats for use and re-use by anyone for any purpose.

PEI Open Data Portal- Making government data available, accessible, and re-usable. 

National Open Data Portals

CIOOS - The Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (CIOOS) is an online open-access platform designed for sharing reliable and high-quality data and information on the state of our oceans. 

GBIF- An international organization that focuses on making scientific data on biodiversity available via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). 

FRDR- Any researcher affiliated with a Canadian institution can deposit data of any size into the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR).

Ocean Networks Canada 2.0- Use Oceans 2.0 Data Search to download data from the Arctic, Atlantic, Northeast Pacific, and the Salish Sea.

Open Government Data Portal- Open Government is about making government more accessible to everyone.

International Open Data Portals​

AODN Portal- Provides access to all available Australian marine and climate science data and provides the primary access to Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) data including access to the IMOS metadata.

Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service- The European Commission’s flagship Earth observation programme, delivering freely accessible operational data and information services, providing users with reliable and up-to-date information related to environmental issues.

Coastal Portal/ Kustportaal- Coastal Portal is an initiative to provide users with clear access to information and data related to the functions and activities that take place in the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Belgian coastal zone.

DataONE- Enabling new science and knowledge creation through universal access to data about life on earth and the environment that sustains it. 


NASA EarthData- NASA's Earth Science Data Systems (ESDS) program oversees the life cycle of NASA’s Earth science data—from acquisition through processing and distribution. 


EMODnet Central Portal- The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 160 organizations that together work on assembling, harmonizing and making marine data, products and metadata more available to public and private users.

Marine Scotland Data- Use the search or groups to locate Scotland marine data.

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal-  The Portal is an online toolkit and resource center that allows users to visualize ocean resources and human use information.


Northeast Ocean Data Portal- Maps and data for ocean planning in the Northeastern United States. 

OBIS- The Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development.

OTN- The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) is a global aquatic animal tracking, data management, and partnership platform headquartered at Dalhousie University.

Re3data- A resource of information about research data repositories. Re3data indexes and provides extensive information about more than 2450 research data repositories.

SeaDataNet- A distributed Marine Data Infrastructure for the management of large and diverse sets of data deriving from in situ of the seas and oceans by the Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean & Marine Data Management.

US IOOS- The US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS) mission is to produce, integrate, and communicate high quality ocean, coastal and Great Lakes information that meets safety, economic, and stewardship needs.

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