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Cognite Provides Key Enabling Technology for New Ocean Sustainability Effort

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Cognite Data Fusion® serves as the backbone for the Ocean Data Foundation’s new data platform.



OSLO, Oct. 22, 2019 -- Cognite, a leading provider of structured and contextualized data that enables heavy-asset industries to gain value from digitalization, today announced that Cognite Data Fusion® (CDF) is powering the Ocean Data Platform (ODP) that the Ocean Data Foundation is launching today.

Learn more about Cognite Data Fusion® →.

The implications of this effort and the prospects that it will help address the world’s environmental challenges are enormous, considering the ocean is the Earth’s most valuable economic and environmental asset. It produces 70% of the oxygen people breathe and provides about 20% of the protein the world consumes. However, as various reports illustrate, the ocean is changing rapidly and for the worse.

“ODP, launched by the Ocean Data Foundation project and one of the key partners at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Norway, will be the most ambitious and innovative use of data for increasing ocean sustainability,” Cognite co-founder and CEO Dr. John Markus Lervik said. “It will be a global, unifying platform that will enable unbiased research and facilitate a data-driven debate, leading to better decision-making about how best to conserve and use ocean resources.”

That requires action, based not on guesswork but on hard evidence and data. However, academics, environmental organizations, government officials and policymakers, industry, and the public at large have failed to make full use of the data that exists on oceans.

Bjørn Tore Markussen, CEO of Ocean Data Foundation said: “Data remains stuck in silos, trapped in archives, and sitting on laptops, in notebooks and on passive data collectors like smartphones. We need to harness these huge volumes of unused data and apply it in a 'data-smart' way. To secure a sustainable ocean, people need new ways to connect with data and technology to detect and monitor the ocean state and changes in real time. We also need to engage all sectors of society to hold business and government leaders accountable for their ocean footprints, create transparency in the data, and evidence used to plan for the future and to resolve conflicts. This will help transform the future of the ocean by making sure everyone has the option to participate in ocean science and decision-making.”

ODP will break down the walls between different data sources and contextualize the information in a common format. The information will be collected from a global network of partners, creating a central knowledge hub that combines data from specialized databases. The data will be publicly available, giving anyone who is passionate about solving the challenges facing the ocean the ability to create analytics services, applications and visualizations.

“There is a great need for a common and accessible hub for information about the oceans,” Lervik said. “Cognite Data Fusion® is meeting this critical need for the ODP and the world at large. This is just one example of how Cognite Data Fusion® can contribute to better outcomes for the environment, industry, and people across the planet.”

CDF is helping companies in industries like manufacturing, oil and gas, and shipping to extract value from data by transforming it into useful information. It does that by liberating information about, for example, environmental hazards, equipment health and work orders. In effect, it makes that information accessible and meaningful for humans and machines. In the process, CDF reveals insights that enable companies and other organizations to boost worker safety, optimize their production and revamp their maintenance routines for greater efficiency.

In the same manner, CDF, as part of the ODP, will make information about the ocean – on marine biology, plastic pollution, vessel tracking, and more – available to fisheries, researchers, and policymakers, among others.


Sara Black
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