Quality Management System Essentials for IODE National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) and Associate Data Units (ADU)

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Course overview

The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) maintains a global network of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) and Associate Data Units (ADU) responsible for the collection, quality control, archive and online publication of many millions of ocean observations. The concept of quality management has become increasingly significant for these centres to meet national and international competency standards for delivery of data products and services. The IODE Quality Management Framework encourages NODCs and ADUs to implement a quality management system which will lead to the accreditation.

This workshop provides an introduction for NODCs and ADUs involved in the development, implementation, and management of a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2015.   NOTE: The URL provided brings you to a page for courses on topics related to data management.  Establishment of login credentials will be required to access the course described here and others on related topics.

Aims and objectives

  • To introduce the IODE Quality Management Framework
  • To introduce the ISO 9000 series of standards
  • To provide a description of a Quality Management System
  • To describe the importance of quality management for oceanographic data
  • To describe the accreditation process for NODCs and ADU

Note that the exercises are no longer accessible.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Quality Management Systems
  • QMS Implementation in Meteorological Services
  • Introduction to ISO standards
  • Understanding ISO 9001:2015
    • Overview
    • ISO 9001:2015 Clause 4. Context of the Organization
    • ISO 9001:2015 Clause 5. Leadership
    • ISO 9001:2015 Clause 6. Planning
    • ISO 9001:2015 Clause 7.Support
    • ISO 9001:2015 Clause 8. Operation
    • ISO 9001:2015 Clause 9. Performance Evaluation
    • ISO 19115:2015 Clause 10. Improvement
  • Developing a quality system manual
  • Experiences and lessons learned from implementing a QMS: SISMER
  • Implementing the Quality Management System
  • IODE Quality Management Framework and Accreditation
Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Loïc Petit de la Villéon
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
Ocean Teacher Global Academy
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Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License - CC BY-SA 4.0
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
English
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Community standards
Continuity of access - - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Data access
Data access methods
Data archiving
Data backup
Data collection
Data discovery and identification - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Data management
Data portals
Data preservation
Data publication
Data storage
Geoscience data
Marine data
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Published / Broadcast: 
Monday, September 11, 2017
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
Ocean Teacher Global Academy
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Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management.
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Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data professional
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Research faculty
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 Day (but less than 1 week)
Framework - A community-based organization plan or set of steps for education or training: 
ICSU - World Data System Training Resources Guide