Proposal 2008/01: Country Codes

Proposal 2008/01: Proposal to Adopt ISO 3166-1 and 3166-3 Country Codes as the Standard for Identifying Countries in Oceanographic Data Exchange

Scope: This is a proposal to recommend that the international standard ISO 3166 codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions be used to annotate oceanographic and marine meteorological data. The ISO 3166 standard consists of three parts: Part 1, Country codes; Part 2, Country subdivision code; and Part 3, Code for formerly used names of countries. This proposal identifies two parts, ISO 3166-1 and 3166-3, as the country code standard to be adopted and applied for use in the exchange of oceanographic and marine meteorological data. The ISO country codes will replace the IOC country codes currently used by many
data providers.

Envisaged publication type: The proposal is intended for all local, national, and
international bodies, programs and projects that exchange oceanographic and
marine meteorological data. It applies to all instances where a country needs to be
identified within oceanographic and meteorological data or accompanying metadata.

Process (described HERE )


1-Proposal submission

Version 1.0: May 2008

Submitted by: Dr Margarita Gregg (Director, National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA, Silver Spring, USA) and Daphne Johnson (International Affairs Specialist, National Oceanographic Data Center, World Data Center for Oceanography, Silver Spring, MD, USA)

DOWNLOAD: (pdf) [only registered users can download the proposal]

2-Internal review

Was carried out by Greg Reed and Robert Keeley

3- Expert Review

by: Roy Lowry (BODC), Hjalte Parner (ICES), Mathieu Ouellet (DFO) and Don Collins (USNODC).

review report date: 24 April 2009

review report: DOWNLOAD (PDF) [only registered users can download the document]

4- Community Review

Based upon the expert review the proposal has been amended to version revision 1. The next step in the process is a Public Review: The Document is available for Download Proposal 2008/01: Country Codes - Revision 1 - 13 May 2009

(This document is accessible by all)

Comments should be posted on the ODS Bulletin Board

Deadline for comments: 28 August 2009

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