The ICDP information system for scientific drilling projects can be divided in three levels according to the main purposes of the data and sample management as shown above.
For data acquisition ICDP provides the Drilling Information System DIS which can easily be adapted to the individual requirements of the specific project. This task is usually located just on-site, nearby the drilling operations, in field laboratories, shore bases, institutes and storage places for sample material. It is designed to be used in a ‘closed shop’ environment only with outgoing communication for data transfer toward the project site on the Web. For certain management reasons, the eXtended DIS interface (X-DIS) provides secured remote access to the operational DIS.
For data dissemination it is recommended to use modern Web based media. This platform acts as user interface for the public in order to fulfill outreach purposes, and as user interface for the science team members to get access to internal project data and information.
For data publications it is recommended to use services from institutional or commercial data centers who act in the range of so-called World Data Centers.