Recent Metadata News

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 Published

Architectural Overview The MMI Project is pleased to report an MMI-based paper, Semantic mediation of vocabularies for ocean observing systems, has been published in the journal Computers & Geosciences. Co-authored by John Graybeal, Anthony Isenor, and Carlos Rueda, the paper describes how semantic mediation of vocabularies is needed for any diverse ocean observing system, and the semantic framework and technologies introduced by MMI. It includes an explanation of the MMI Ontology Registry and Repository, describing many of its features, present uses, and possible future uses.

This 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.

Biodiversity Knowledge Organization Systems

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has commissioned a white paper to advise it on its future directions for Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), a rubric that includes the creation, use, and management of such resources as controlled vocabularies, thesauri, gazetteers, and ontologies. Before a final draft is produced, GBIF invites an initial public review of the first draft. The draft may be found at and the mechanism for commenting at which is a page on the GBIF Community Site.

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