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The Gulf of Alaska Data Portal joins DataONE as a Member Node

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DataONE is pleased to welcome the Gulf of Alaska Data Portal at the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) to its growing network of data repositories. The Gulf of Alaska Data Portal archives ecological and environmental observations arising from monitoring and field research in the Gulf of Alaska and in particular Prince William Sound and lower Cook Inlet. Many data sets are time series spanning multiple decades that continue through the present. The Gulf of Alaska Data Portal provides scientific data that have been consistently collected over the long-term to enable ecosystem-wide understanding of changes that have occurred in the Gulf of Alaska.

About DataONE: DataONE is a multi-institutional federation that enables secure and permanent access to data and thus facilitates researchers that need long-term data management and curation. These needs are filled by facilitating interoperability among diverse data systems and offering 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. There are currently 19 international organizations participating as Member Nodes representing North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia in the DataONE network. These Member Nodes provide access to a broad range of Earth and environmental sciences data from terrestrial, aquatic, and marine systems. DataONE provides users with discovery and direct access to over 147,000 diverse data sets curated by the institutions cooperating together as Member Nodes in DataONE. More information about the Gulf of Alaska Data Portal and other DataONE Member Nodes can be found on our list of current Member Nodes.

About the Gulf of Alaska Data Portal: Data originate from projects affiliated with the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), including Gulf Watch Alaska, which is a long-term ecosystem monitoring program of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council, as well as many other projects historically funded by the Trustee Council and others. In the two decades following the Exxon Valdez oil spill, extensive research, monitoring and restoration has revealed that full recovery from the spill will take decades. Oil spill impacts interact with other ecosystem drivers over decadal time scales, making long-term monitoring critical to understanding system dynamics, facilitating recovery of injured species through management and restoration actions, and informing the communities who depend on Gulf of Alaska resources. The Gulf of Alaska Data Portal was created and is maintained by the Alaska Ocean Observing System via collaboration with Axiom Consulting and Design and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). It houses data from a multitude of other scientific programs, federal and state agencies, and private industry.