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NASA Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS)
The GCMD provides data set and service descriptions for all of NASA's EOSDIS publically available data/service holdings. Users can link directly to the Earth Observing System (EOS) Clearinghouse (ECHO) or to data and services held at the EOSDIS Data Centers from the data set or services descriptions.
- Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
The GCMD is very active within the ESIP community and regularly attends the summer and fall meetings. The GCMD has provided a customized ESIP data portal and ESIP services portal to search for data and services holdings from ESIP members. In addition, GCMD staff members participate in the following committees: (1) Information Technology and Interoperability; (2) Products and Services; and (3) Preservation and Stewardship.
U.S. Government Federal Agency Collaborations
- Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS) Program, U.S. Geological Survey
With expertise in technology, informatics, and science, the USGS Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS) Program a leads the management and delivery of scientific data and information for the USGS. CSAS implements and promotes standards and best practices to enable efficient, data-driven science for decision making at multiple scales. CSAS builds critical relationships to identify the data, and to develop and deploy appropriate technological solutions that support rapid response to emerging natural resource issues. NASA and USGS CSAS are partnering to increase access to science data through shared metadata population efforts of the GCMD.
Metadata records about NASA's Earth science data are being contributed from the GCMD to Data.gov. Data.gov is a U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) E-Government initiative that provides descriptions of Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Data.gov replaces Geospatial One-Stop as the primary location for descriptions of Federal data (metadata).
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
GCMD continues close collaborations with NOAA through the exchange of metadata information. The GCMD is a participant in the NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System (NOMADS) program and has contributed a custom portal for model output data sets. Numerous metadata records have been exchanged with the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) using the OAI-PMH standard.
- National Spatial
Data Infrastructure/Federal Geographic Data
NSDI is an umbrella of policies, standards and procedures (coordinated by the Federal Geographic Data Committee) under which organizations and technologies interact to foster more efficient use, management and production of geospatial data. The GCMD is an NSDI/FGDC participant and a node of the FGDC Clearinghouse. Geospatial data can be searched across many different spatial servers by accessing the FGDC Clearinghouse Gateway.
- Committee on Earth Observation Satellites International Directory Network (CEOS IDN)
- Antarctic Master Directory
The CEOS IDN is an international effort to assist researchers in locating information on available data sets. The GCMD shares information with other CEOS IDN nodes throughout the world and also provides software, search interfaces and metadata writing tools.
The GCMD is collaborating with the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM), an international effort to make available Antarctic research data holdings. The GCMD has developed an Antarctic Master Directory (AMD) to search for Antarctic data sets.
- United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
The GCMD is continuing collaborations with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Global Resources Information Database (GRID) to make available through data set descriptions from many nations throughout the world.
- The Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC)
The GCMD is collaborating with the Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) to develop a portal to GOSIC data that will be collected by three major observing programs: the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), and the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS). The GCMD has contributed a customized Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC) portal GOFC, originally a joint program of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and GTOS, are part of the GTOS program.
- Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics Project (GLOBEC)
- The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
- International Polar Year (IPY)
- Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)
The GCMD serves as the database for the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics Project (GLOBEC) metadata. As noted on the GLOBEC site, after the completion of the project in 2010, it is intended that the GLOBEC metadata be included in the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) database to ensure long-term stewardship. The GLOBEC data sets are available through the GCMD and a GLOBEC portal.
The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is the information component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML). It is a web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species. Marine species data collections from all of the world's oceans can be discovered through the OBIS portal.
With the beginning of the International Polar Year, the GCMD is participating in a worldwide effort in the data and information management of IPY. The directory's Expression of Intent (EoI) for an IPY Metadata and Information Portal Network for the Data and Information Service (DIS) can be accessed online. The GCMD EoI along with other related EoIs were brought together under the IPY DIS for Distributed Data Management full proposal submitted to NSF in April 2006. The JCADM/AMD and ARCTIC portal contributions are expected to play a key role in IPY. A prototype IPY portal was established and can be viewed at http://gcmd.nasa.gov/portals/ipy/
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is an international effort to monitor the Earth for societal benefits and sustainable development. GCMD continues to coordinate with the global community of international (e.g. CEOS International Directory Network), intergovernmental, and regional organizations providing solutions for the 10-year GEOSS Implementation Plan.
GCMD has recognized the importance of customization of the search site for partner organizations and is generating subset views of the Directory through portals. Portals have made it easier for organizations to maintain and document their data in one place without duplicating the effort to create another online directory. To access portals and to learn more, visit: http://gcmd.nasa.gov/add/portals.html