Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership

Purpose

Significance

Data standards and tools are facilitating the sharing and integration of disparate datasets, an essential step towards unifying diverse research findings and building ecosystem knowledge.

The purpose of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership (GoMODP) is to promote and coordinate the sharing, linking, electronic dissemination, and use of data on the Gulf of Maine region. Data partners decided that a coordinated effort is needed to enable users throughout the Gulf of Maine region and beyond to discover and put to use the vast and growing quantities of data in their respective databases. Through coordinated access to the databases, the participants wish to advance a truly integrated ocean observing system in the Gulf of Maine, one that supports research and education and contributes to integrated oceans management.

The founding members of the Partnership include government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations, including academic, research, and other nonprofit entities. Each participant is engaged in the collection of physical, biological, chemical, or geologic data on the Gulf of Maine.

Goal

The goal of this Partnership is to implement a system that:

  1. is technically and institutionally capable of linking databases that are created and individually maintained by Participants and, where necessary and appropriate, to archive data sets;
  2. is region-wide in scale;
  3. is compatible with other regional, national, and international information systems;
  4. is accessible by individuals throughout the Gulf of Maine region and beyond;
  5. develops the web-based, visualization, and other information technologies needed for the seamless exchange and facile use of distributed and aggregated data; and
  6. acknowledges and maintains the integrity of all data sources.

For a list of current Partnership members, news and events, please visit the Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership website.

Download the PDF version of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by participants of the Partnership (PDF 40kb)