The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC)
GRIIDC is a team of researchers, data specialists, and software developers who are supporting the development of a data management system to store scientific data generated by Gulf of Mexico researchers. GRIIDC was established to make data generated by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative publicly available and is housed at the Harte Research Institute. Administrative staff, including the GRIIDC Director and Program Manager, are supported by a technical staff team that includes software engineers, data analysts, web developers, and subject matter experts. GRIIDC has expanded beyond the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and currently houses data from the Harte Research Institute, the Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program, the Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence, Texas OneGulf, the National Academies of Sciences: Gulf Research Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
What We Do
The GRIIDC team maintains a data management system for scientific data generated by Gulf of Mexico researchers. The GRIIDC data management system provides researchers with a variety of tools to help manage data throughout the lifecycle of a project. For example, the GRIIDC Dataset Information Form (DIF) is a resource designed to assist researchers with data management planning. While the system assists researchers with multiple phases of data management, the main functions of the system are storing and sharing data. Researchers from diverse fields of study, including biology, chemistry, physical oceanography, sociology, political science, and public health, are able to store their data in the GRIIDC system. Through the GRIIDC Data Discovery portal other researchers, policy makers, and the general public are able to search for and download this data. This shared data can be used to address innovative scientific research questions, assess policies and programs, and in educational initiatives. By providing a forum for both storing and sharing data the GRIIDC system increases the impact of scientific research in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond for the benefit of society.