Stimulated growth and safeguarding of the ICES oceanographic data bank
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During a number of years there has been a consent to build up and increase the ICES oceanographic data base to the benefit of the member countries. In parallel to this there has been an increasing demand for ICES to supply e.g. to organisations in cooperation, various data sets or data products. In this connection it has repeatedly been discovered that in many cases the data base does not contain enough data, particularly concerning nutrients, to fullfill the requirements. Various reasons for this is identified in the paper and mechanisms/ arrangements are proposed to increase the supply of data to ICES with a guarantee that the data will not be circulated for unauthorised use. A spin off effect of this is that the data quality will increase for the contributing institutes as well as it will be possible to save data that otherwise may be lost.