Ocean Data Factory Sweden

About ODF Sweden

July 1st, 2019, was the starting date for Ocean Data Factory Sweden. SCOOT takes on the coordinating role, working with a large consortium from the industry, academia and public sector organisations. ODF Sweden is headed by professor Robin Teigland from Chalmers University of Technology.

ODF Sweden is an arena for competence building and innovation, open to all who believe that crunching data from the ocean is 1) fun, 2) holds the answers to a sustainable blue economy and 3) gets really productive when different competences do it together! We conduct our activities in high paced cycles focusing on selected themes.

ODF Sweden is not a data provider per se. However, we work with all the agencies responsible for making ocean data available. In Sweden this includes our partners SMHI and SND, but also SwAM and SLU. These agencies work in international networks to make ocean data globally available. What makes ODF Sweden distinct is that our starting point is not the data, but ocean challenges and how data can address those challenges. 

ODF Sweden is part of Vinnova’s (Sweden’s Innovation Agency) investment to speed up development within AI. We are delighted to see that also the National Space Data Lab will be initiated. Planning for joint co-creation has already started.

First innovation cycle

During 2019 we focus on a few selected challenges related to monitoring and  management of the marine environment. Some challenges will be selected together with Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM). ODF Sweden will deliver learning and an AI use case to SwAM, by joining the Three Archipelagos project.

During this cycle ODF Sweden will also

  • take part in the Open Sea Lab II hackathon in Ghent, Belgium
  • support the Baltic Seabird AI/UX Hackathon in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • co-arrange the Smartocean Network workshop in Peniche, Portugal
  • co-arrange an ocean data hackathon in Sweden


ODF Sweden is coordinated by University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences. Project leader is Torsten Linders. Economic administration is handled by Armin Mecinovic.

Work packages (with lead and partners)

  1. Lead and external communication, headed by Robin Teigland , Chalmers
  2. (together with RISE and UGOT Marine)
  3. Continuous evaluation & innovation, headed by Yixin Zhang, UGOT AIT.
  4. Data sources & ethical, legal aspects, headed Malin Mohlin, Medins
  5. (with contribution from MMT, SeAnalytics, SMHI, SND)
  6. APIs and data streams, headed by Eddie Olsson, RISE.
  7. (with contribution from eDNA Solutions, Maranics, Medins, SMHI)
  8. AI, ML, NN, headed by Benedikt Ziegler, Combine.
  9. (with contribution from Inocean, MMT)
  10. Dissemination & up-scaling, headed by Martin Sjöberg, KMRIC.
  11. (with contribution from RISE)

External advisory board

  • Professor Alex Alcocer, Department of Mechanical, Electronics and
    Chemical Engineering & AI Lab, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet),
  • Dr. Fabrice Collard, President OceanDataLab, France
  • Dr. Serdar Temiz, University of Rennes and EIT Digital Hub, France
  • Professor Dirk Fleischer, Kiel Marine Science Data and Information
    Manager, Kiel University, Germany.
  • Professor Sergio Leandro, Deputy Director, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Politechnic Institute of Leiria, and Head of smartOCEAN, Portugal
  • Jessica Hjerpe Olausson, maritime expert, Västra Götaland Region, Sweden
  • Professor David Langlet, Ocean Governance Law, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Vanja Carlén, Project leader, AI Innovation of Sweden
  • Åsa Burman, Director, Lighthouse – Swedish Maritime Competence Centre