Recent Metadata News

Marine Metadata project transitions from Google Code

Today, Google reported that they are cancelling the Google Code project hosting repository. This brings no worries for MMI; we recently migrated from Google Code to our GitHub repository, thanks to our sharp Technical Lead. And Google put some effort into fixing a bug we reported, so we can still access our old repositories on Google Code if needed.

Given the news, this seems like a good opportunity to consider what makes sites last in the Internet era. Every now and then we at MMI hear someone say "the MMI project is ending." This is always surprising (and vexing) for us to hear, as MMI remains the largest collection of metadata resources in the earth science community, with active operational support by TAMU-Corpus Christi, technical and project leadership, and members of its international Steering Committee. What lets MMI remain active and respected, despite periods of limited funding, while projects like Google Code are retired? 

MMI's ORR Ontology Repository Chosen for ODM2 Project

ODM2 (Observations Data Model Version 2.0) is an information model for spatially discrete, feature-based earth observations. It is integrative, extensible, and aimed at data interoperability, particularly across sensor and sample-based observations. ODM2 has been designed from a general perspective, with extensibility for achieving interoperability across multiple disciplines and systems that support publication of earth observations.

The Marine Metadata Interoperability project (MMI) announced today that the ODM2 project has selected MMI's Ontology Registry and Repository (MMI ORR) as its host for web-accessible controlled vocabularies during its initial deployment phase.

Marine Metadata Web Site Now Hosted by TAMU-CC/Harte Research Institute

Migration of MMI web completed

The MMI Web Site, where you are reading this, has transitioned to its new home at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), in the Harte Research Institute.

MMI Ontology Registry and Repository Site Transition

Migration of completed on schedule

The MMI Ontology Registry and Repository (ORR) has transitioned to its new home at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). On Friday September 6, Technical Lead Carlos Rueda worked with Felimon Gayanilo (Systems Architect, Harte Research Institute) and Phil Hale (Systems Administrator) of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to re-host the site.

MMI Plans: Spring 2013

The MMI Steering Committee met Friday, April 5 to discuss some near term and long term plans. From site relocation, to project incorporation, to more technical activities, read more to learn the latest.

Site Security News

The MMI site recently saw an uptick in odd HTTP access patterns. We have had some intrusions in the past, so we considered the possibility of another break-in to be significant.

Since the site is mostly providing information, rather than two-way communications, we chose to take the site offline to allow the Operations team at UCSD to investigate. They completed their investigation promptly, and happily did not find any indication of ongoing malicious activity.

MMI Paper on Semantic Mediation

Architectural OverviewThis paper serves as a simple basic introduction to semantic tools and mediation, an overview of MMI's semantic framework and tools, and a great citation for the MMI ORR work that has been funded by NSF and supported by MMI's staff and many volunteers.

Revised NSF Ocean Sciences Data and Sample Policy Released

The Division of Ocean Sciences released a new Data and Sample Policy on May 24, 2011. This document describes the requirements for contributing data and samples to national data centers. In general, it requires that primary data collected under NSF/OCE funded projects be submitted to the appropriate data center within 2 years of collection.

ICAN 5: Coastal Atlases as Engines for Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

August 31, 2011
September 2, 2011

The 5th International Coastal Atlas Workshop (ICAN 5) will be held at the headquarters of the UNESCO International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in Oostende, Belgium, August 31 to September 2, 2011. IODE will then be co-hosting CoastGIS 2011 in Oostende immediately following. ICAN 5 will focus on coastal web atlases as engines that support and drive the coastal/marine spatial planning (CMSP) process, primarily in northern and southern Europe, the US, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Event Location: 
UNESCO IOC IODE Headquarters, Oostende, Belgium
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Geospatial Platform: Modernization Roadmap

Geospatial Platform logo

The U.S. Department of the Interior and Federal Geographic Data Committee have collaborated on the release of Version 3.0 of "Modernization Roadmap for the Geospatial Platform." Released in August 2010, this document outlines a place-based approach for managing all geospatial data in the United States.

A particularly interesting element of this release is the wiki designed to discuss the platform, The wiki supports open conversation on the nature and key features of the geospatial platform, and has attracted a number of sophisticated ideas and comments about the role of standards, tools, and other elements toward making a common, effective approach to geospatial data.

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