The divisions are committed to making available and producing, under the responsibility of experts, qualified and described data series so that they can be used and reused in accordance with the highest standards in force. The scope of the data managed by the ODATIS Ocean Cluster is described on the Data Producer Services page. The metadata, included in the ODATIS catalogue, are available in the European standard INSPIRE; they appear in the form of files in the national geo-catalogues and geo-portals. Data from a global database will conform to the formats recommended for this database.

In general, the data and metadata managed and produced are intended to be public. However, some data may be subject to restrictive licences, limiting use by third parties. The Interpôles working group, including the ODATIS Ocean Cluster, encourages the implementation of the Creative Commons license, which determines the conditions for reusing the data while providing legal security for the authors of the data.

The IR Data Terra Clusters encourage the use of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to identify datasets, calling on their users to cite them, and opening up bibliometric prospects for the infrastructure.

To facilitate the exploitation of the information contained in the databases, the Clusters will provide tools for exploration, visualization, extraction and analysis as well as the appropriate means of calculation.

The Sectors guarantee the durability of heritage data sets and facilitate their collection. They have preservation capacities for some of their data, for others they will call upon national archiving centres (e.g. CINES), dedicated structures such as the data centres of the Observatories of the Sciences of the Universe (OSU) or specialised organisations (CNES, Météo-France, Ifremer). Long-term archiving of unique databases will be ensured.

The challenge is therefore to define common bases for all data producers and to make the data sets interoperable so that their resources are coherent, shareable, exploitable and in a multidisciplinary approach required for the study of the Earth system, that the data are capable of being combined with each other. In this sense, the ODATIS Ocean Cluster offers several services for data producers and accessible on this site.

Finally, the Poles host collaborative platforms for sharing documentation, best practice guides and information on scientific and technical activities associated with observations.