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JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) – – The Secretariat today, presented its Data Management Strategy, the development of its database and its data web portal to member States during its 24th session meetings currently being held in Kingston.

The Secretariat also outlined the progress made in the transition to the training and policy development phase of the strategy.

In 2016, the Secretariat began the migration of all historical data provided by contractors into geo-referenced data in digital format. To date approximately 1.8 million data points from areas of plans of work have been migrated to ensure compatibility with worldwide databases.

The digital database will support the various phases of the data management life cycle.  It is envisaged to also include additional data from worldwide institutions, collected during deepsea scientific research, for use as a management and research tool for stakeholders, with both secured and general access enabled for contractors, the scientific community and the general public.

The Secretariat has completed six of the eight  development phases and anticipate a soft launch of the data management strategy by October 2018.

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