ESDS Program

Discovery, Access, and Delivery of Data for the IPY

Principal Investigator (PI): Roger Barry, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder

The National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC), in collaboration with others, proposes to adopt the principles of Web Services architecture in order to develop and implement a portal for cryospheric data and related information.

We will use a replicable methodology that builds from the specific science or application need, determines relevant existing data sources to meet that need, and then works with the designated community to redirect and/or enhance web services technology to enable effective acquisition, registration, and use of the data.

Our intent is to develop a system to meet the needs of the specific science and application community related to arctic coastal processes. The system could then be extended to other user communities and data sources, especially as part of the International Polar Year (IPY).

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