Benefits to Stakeholders

Key stakeholders in the coordinated management of oceanographic research data include ship operators, scientists, technical staff, funding agencies, and the public. R2R will benefit each in a range of ways:


  • Provide feedback and tools to improve data quality and documentation
  • Support by removing obligations to fill data requests long after a cruise has ended
  • Facilitate cruise planning
  • Leverage infrastructure and content of centralized R2R cruise database to facilitate national permiting and clearance processes

Shipboard Science Team:

  • R2R will ensure field data sets are consistently delivered to National Data Centers, freeing science team of this obligation
  • Facilitate cruise planning
  • Facilitate data submission to programmatic data management systems

Shore-based Scientists:

  • R2R will ensure field data sets are made available to the broad scientific community for re-use
  • R2R will make well-documented data available for global syntheses and compilations

Funding Agencies:

  • Ensure agency-mandated data sharing obligations are fulfilled via R2R to National Data Center data delivery pipeline

National Data Centers:

  • Ensure that data are routinely archived and made publicly available as a result of the direct R2R to National Data Center data delivery pipeline

Data Assembly Centers:

  • R2R will ensure that well-documented data are routinely made available to Data Assembly Centers focused on details analysis of specific data types.


  • Ensure long-term preservation of research data collected with public funds
  • Provide broader public accessibility to data via National Data Centers

Standardization of data collection across the fleet will:

  • lead to more uniform quality and access that will facilitate the fleet’s operation as a global integrated ocean observing system
  • aid basic scientific inquiry
  • leverage the infrastructure and content of the centralized R2R cruise database