Scientific knowledge of the oceans is essential for making decisions to promote the well-being of the human population, reduce losses of lives and properties caused by natural hazards and allow better conservation of the global environment. To achieve advance in this direction it is necessary to have better access to global high quality scientific data for the derivation of knowledge and information through regional and global data analysis.
The IMDIS series of Conferences is promoting the meeting of different communities working in informatics, data management, research, environmental protection, etc. It is focused on-line access to data, meta-data and products, communication standards and adapted technology to ensure platforms interoperability. IMDIS 2016 aims at providing an overview of the existing information on marine environmental data, and showing the progresses on development of efficient infrastructures for managing large and diverse data sets.