Continued Development of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System (GCOOS)

Principal Investigator

HRI will provide the continuing system maintenance, development and support services to design, build and test, and document the data access, data discovery and general database components required of an interoperable data portal for the GCOOS Regional Association (RA). Mr. Felimon Gayanilo, a Systems Architect at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, developed the current version of the Portal that was originally deployed in 2009.The Portal and supplemental data repositories to support GCOOS goals and objectives, such as the Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal that Mr. Gayanilo developed in close collaboration with other GCOOS staff members, were developed to facilitate the sharing of data, model outputs and related products for the benefit of all stakeholders.

The Portal supports policy-making, natural resource management, scientific research and the increasing need for data to resolve issues related to global climate change and public health. The deployed and operational version of the Portal is an automated computerized network-accessible data collection and delivery system. These data sources are maintained under a variety of data standards and archival schemas, and the Portal serves as the interface to these data, model output and products via automated standards-based machine-to-machine (M2M) service interfaces, and through web-based human-accessible graphical user interfaces (i.e., HTML standards). The same set of services provide features that facilitate interoperability with other regional data systems, as well as with the federal backbone comprised of systems typified by, but not limited to, that of the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).