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The Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) joins DataONE

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico enhances discoverability of its wide variety of geospatial data by implementing a DataONE Member Node, one of 21 currently available. DataONE (www.dataone.org) has over 250,000 data objects available for researchers.

Over its 50-year history, EDAC has expanded its data holdings and services to meet the needs of state and Federal agencies; state, local and tribal governments; professional societies, organizations; and advisory bodies nationally and internationally. EDAC’s current data collection includes over 280,000 diverse products including environmental, socioeconomic, geographic, remote sensing, and a large collection of imagery data.

EDAC's Geographical Storage, Transformation and Retrieval Engine (Gstore) platform (upon which its DataONE member node is hosted) archives data produced by various NM organizations, including New Mexico's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and New Mexico Resource Geographic Information System (RGIS). Gstore primarily houses GIS and other digital documents relevant to state agencies, local government, and scientific researchers. See NM EPSCoR (http://www.nmepscor.org/) and RGIS (http://rgis.unm.edu/) for more information on the scope of those collections. EDAC has hosted RGIS , the state digital geospatial data clearinghouse, for over 23 years.

More information about EDAC and other DataONE Member Nodes can be found at http://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes.

About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.

About EDAC: EDAC’s mission is to serve the spatial needs of its various contributor and user communities by utilizing Geospatial Technologies. EDAC strives to bridge the University of New Mexico’s academic units and external communities via partnerships, by facilitating and stimulating collaborations and by providing professional services. These partnerships include government agencies, private organizations and regional universities. EDAC is also committed to strengthening graduate education to meet the increasingly complex resource management and decision needs.