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The Global Organization for Earth System Science Portals ( GO-ESSP ) is a collaboration designed to develop a new generation of software infrastructure that will provide distributed access to observed and simulated data from the climate and weather communities. GO-ESSP will achieve this goal by developing individual software components and by building a federation of frameworks that can work together using agreed-upon standards. The GO-ESSP portal frameworks will provide efficient mechanisms for data discovery, access, and analysis of the data.
GO-ESSP collaborations are intended to increase the availability of climate and weather ( atmosphere, ocean, ice, land, and biosphere ) data to a range of communities. The traditional consumers of climate and weather data have been within the scientific community. Increasingly climate information is desired by other communities, including impacts researchers and policy and decision makers. Over the last decade the tremendous growth in the volume of climate and weather data has also contributed to an increase in demand.
The distributed nature of climate and weather data requires institutions participating in GO-ESSP to work closely together and crosses institutional, agency and international boundaries. GO-ESSP has evolved into a collaboration that involves software developers from both Europe and the United States. The agencies and institutions supporting the GO-ESSP include British Atmospheric Data Centre / NERC ( UK ), Central Laboratory of the Research Councils ( UK ), DOE, NASA, NOAA and NSF / UCAR. Membership in GO-ESSP is open to any institution or group that is committed to providing improved access to climate and weather data through an open process for the benefit of the community.
The missions of GO-ESSP are to:
- Provide uniform access to earth systems data worldwide.
- Ensure earth systems data is made available to the widest possible range of users.
- Provide a forum that encourages discussion between earth systems data providers and its wide-range of users.
- Support better informed use of earth systems data.
- Improve data discovery, access, and analysis of earth system data.
- Provide a forum for international centers that distribute earth systems data.
- Provide an international forum for technical discussions of earth system science portal development.
- Develop standards for interfaces, protocols, schema, formats, and tools within the earth system science portal development community.
- Promote the use of and develop standards for the earth system science portal community.
- Provide a repository for "best" methodologies for development of earth system science portals.
- Strive toward open software development for earth system science portal development.
The multi-level architecture needed to be developed to meet the demands of these communities requires advances in several key technologies. These technologies fall into the following groups:
- Catalogs and Catalogs Services
- Distributed Search Capabilities
- Data Portal Design
Active collaborations occur within each of these groups, and yearly meetings are used to update other GO-ESSP members on the advances that have occurred since the last meeting.
More information about the Global Organization for Earth System Science Portals and how to become actively involved in the organization can be obtained from: http://go-essp.gfdl.noaa.gov