GSC - Genomic Standards Consortium

The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) is an open-membership organization with the goal of increasing the standardization of metadata for genomic data. They further this goal through the development and implementation of metadata standards, methods to capture and exchange genomic metadata, and approaches to harmonize metadata collection across the genomics community. It undertakes these activities through meetings and working groups. GSC was founded in 2005.

International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN)

Mission: The International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) aims to be a global reference for the development of coastal web atlases.

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Data Portal

From GCOOS website:

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) provides timely information about the environment of the United States portion of the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries for use by decision-makers, including researchers, government managers, industry, the military, educators, emergency responders, and the general public.


From IRD website:

IRD is a French public research institute working for the development of
Southern countries, reporting to the Ministries responsible for
research and overseas development.

IRD researchers address major development challenges regarding
environment, sustainable development of living resources, social studies
and health.


From CeNCOOS website:

The CeNCOOS is part of an evolving national framework of integrated
coastal observing systems covering all US coastal areas. This national
framework is called the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

OceanObs, inventory of ocean and freshwater observing programs:


From CUAHSI website:

CUAHSI, an organization representing more than one-hundred United States universities, receives support from the National
Science Foundation to develop infrastructure and services for the
advancement of hydrologic science and education in the U.S.

Concept Web Alliance

The mission of the Concept Web Alliance is to enable an open collaborative environment to jointly address the challenges associated with high volume scholarly and professional data production, storage, interoperability and analyses for knowledge discovery.

Science Commons Project from Creative Commons


About Creative Commons, from their website:

ad hoc Strategic Committee on Information and Data (SCID)

Background, from SCID Homepage


The Group on Earth Observations is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS.

GEO was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries.


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