Ingrid PUILLAT (IFREMER Centre de Brest, France)
ESONET is a Multidisciplinary European Network of Excellence (NoE) associating 50 partners from 14 countries and more than 300 scientists and engineers and dedicated to the lasting integration of research and development in deep sea observatories in Europe. Amongst other actions, it works at establishing seafloor infrastructure that will provide platforms for instrumentation deployed throughout the water column and the geosphere below in a standard manner. Those platforms will provide power for instruments and real-time two-way data communications. This preparatory phase of observatories implementation is intending to select the most suitable standards in order to develop observatories interoperable between themselves and that would be able to benefit of the common sharing facilities. After the Esonet Best Practices workshop held in Bremen at the end of January 2008, the state of art has been made and some groups working on key standardization topics have been constituted to manage standardization plans. Amongst those plans the data management plan and the sharing facilities plan will be presented. Those plans will be implemented and tested in the four so called Esonet Demonstration Missions. Then technical aspects regarding sensors connexion and junction boxes will be briefly discussed.