This project empowers a metadata- and clearinghouse-enabled
organization to assist an international partner to code metadata using
the FGDC standard and become a registered clearinghouse node.
Specifically, the project will train IT personnel of the Marine
Information Research Center (MIRC) in the FGDC metadata standard and
Z39.50 installation and configuration, ultimately to realize a new
registered node in the FGDC NSDI Clearinghouse called “PICES – MIRC”.
MIRC is the quality-control data distributor for the Japan
Oceanographic Data Center (JODC). Serving metadata from the
Clearinghouse on the ecosystems of the western North Pacific (i.e.
Japanese waters) provides US and NOAA scientists and managers with
access to those data and information that may not be otherwise
available or known to them. This will increase international
communication between the US and Japan, allowing collaborations and
sharing of knowledge and resources between the two countries. In
addition, this project is a component of a yet wider-scoped effort: a
metadata federation of member countries (Canada, Peoples Republic of
China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, USA) of the North
Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES). The US and the Republic of
Korea already have registered nodes “PICES-NOAA NPEM (North Pacific
Ecosystem Metadatabase)” and “PICES – KODC (Korea Oceanographic Data
Center”, see figure at left). This project will add a third node:
“PICES –MIRC”. The goals of PICES are (1) to promote and coordinate
marine scientific research in the northern North Pacific and adjacent
marginal seas, particularly northward from 30 degrees north; (2) to
advance scientific knowledge about the ocean environment, global
weather and climate change, living resources and their ecosystems, and
the impact of human activities on them; and (3) to promote the
collection and rapid exchange of scientific information on these
issues. The completion of this project will address the third PICES
goal, in particular.
Bernard A. Megrey