The compilation of the directory of all ocean-going research vessels worldwide is coordinated by EurOcean. This directory contains characteristics, owners and operator information for marine and oceanographic research vessels, larger than 60 meters. The content format is in conformance to the Oceanic database that was initiated and operated earlier by the University of Delaware. The database is being progressively populated. Annually, EurOcean is approaching all operators that are managing research vessels larger than 60 meters, to validate and to maintain their RV entries. Therefore, on-line functionality is made available that allows identified operators of Research Vessels to edit and to alter their vessel information themselves by a Content Management System. At the same time qualifying operators are invited to contact EurOcean by e-mail, so that their entries will be included.
One important aspect of the ocean-going Research Vessel Directory is the use of a unique and consistent vocabulary for Ship codes, which can be used also to establish mutual links between the 3 metadatabases of the POGO CID system. The content governance of this key vocabulary is managed by ICES and BODC.