Related MARGINS Websites

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  • Arctic Ocean Diversity Project (ArcOD) Data: An international collaborative effort to inventory biodiversity in the Arctic sea ice, water column and sea floor from the shallow shelves to the deep basins using a three-step approach: compilation of existing data (sea ice algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton, zoobenthos, fish and birds), taxonomic identification of existing samples, and new collections focusing on taxonomic and regional gaps. 
  • British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC): the UK National Oceanographic Data Centre in the IODE network and the Natural Environment Research Council’s designated data centre for marine data.
  • ChEssBase: The aim of ChEssBase is to provide taxonomical, biological, ecological and distributional data of all species described from deep-water chemosynthetic ecosystems, as well as bibliography and information on the habitats. These habitats include hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, whale falls, sunken wood and areas of minimum oxygen that intersect with the continental margin or seamounts.  Sample data are also about to be added to the database.
  • CODATA: Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Council for Science (office based in Paris, France).
  • EarthChem: data infrastructure for geochemistry, NSF-funded; data archives hosted by the Geoinformatics for Geochemistry program (see below); portal services to international federation of geochemical databases.
  • Earthquake Research Center (EQRC), Iran: management of seismological data generated by the Khorasan Seismic Network (8 stations in the Khorasan provinces, Iran), operated by Ferdowsi University.
  • EU SEASED: Pan-European portal with metadata catalogues for geological samples and cores AND for seismic surveys , done by European marine geological surveys and universities. Cores and samples are Worldwide; seismic is restricted to European waters.
  • General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO): global ocean floor bathymetric data sets, operated under the auspices of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
  • GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany: provides data management for several international projects in earth science, such as the International Scientific Drilling Program, data from CHAMP and GRACE satellite missions, the GEOFON seismological network and other sensor networks and geophysical observations (e.g., GPS, geomagnetic and tide gauges and the German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System).
  • Geoinformatics for Geochemistry: NSF-funded program at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network CIESIN to operate geochemical and sample data collections PetDB (Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor, SedDB (Information System for Marine Sediment Geochemistry, EarthChem (see above, and SESAR (see below
  • Geokem: The "Geokem" database began in about 1962 at the University of Montreal and has been continuously added to since. Most published analysed rock types can found in it. It includes much of the more recent data from the "Petros" database as well as Felix Chayes old database RKFNS, the DSDP and ODP (Ocean Drilling Program) databases, a good deal of USGS data especially on Hawaii, the Smithsonian Deep Sea program data and most of the Lunar and the Smithsonian meteorite data.
  • GeoRef Information Services: Established by the American Geological Institute in 1966, provides access to the geoscience literature of the world.
  • GEOREM (Geological and Environmental Reference Materials) Database: an online resource hosted by the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemie in Mainz, providing reference materials and isotopic standards from samples of rock powder, glasses, minerals, isotopes, river water and seawater.
  • GEOROC (Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents) Database: an online resource hosted by the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemie in Mainz, providing published geochemical data from volcanic rock samples, glasses, minerals and inclusions from ocean islands and several other active and passive tectonic regions. Since 2003, GEOROC joined with PetDB and NAVDAT databases to form the EarthChem consortium (described in this list).
  • GNS, New Zealand: GNS Science collects geological, geochemical & geophysical information from around the New Zealand region.
  • Group on Earth Observations (GEO): An intergovernmental group leading a worldwide effort to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) over the next 10 years. GEO is established on a voluntary and legally non-binding basis, with voluntary contributions to support activities, currently with 69 member countries, the European Commission and 46 participating organizations.
  • International Federation of Digital Seismographic Networks (FDSN):
  • IRIS Data Management Center (DMC): of global (and beyond) time series data, an NSF-funded program to manage time series generated by the IRIS Global Seismic Network, the Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) and other seismological data. In addition, approximately 24 other kinds of time series data are available from globally distributed sensors, such as weather, hydrologic, gravimetric and magnetotelluric data.
  • JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) Database:  Access to 19 data portals from JAMSTEC database page, such as observation data (e.g., ROVs, submersibles, mooring sites, cable stations and buoys), numerical model output, samples, etc.
  • MARGINS Data System: a multiple-data file repository, access tools and web services for data collected in studies funded under the US MARGINS programs.
  • Marine Geoscience Data System: NSF-funded agency hosted by the Lamont Dohertry Observatory at Columbia University, a multiple-data file repository, access tools and web services for MARGINS and Ridge2000 programs.
  • Marine Metadata Interoperability Project (MMI): promoting the exchange, integration and use of marine data through enhanced data publishing, discovery, documentation and accessibility.
  • Marine Seismic Data Center (MSDC): hosted by Jackson School of Geosciences in collaboration with the Field data center from MGDS (Lamont D.E.O.). and  
  • Mineralogy Database: Over 5,000 pages of mineral information.
  • National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC): supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Provides scientific stewardship for data from the ocean floor (coastal and open ocean areas), and for data related to natural hazards including tsunamis.
  • National Oceanographic Data Center, Oceanographic Institute of Ecuador:  maintains a 50-year database of continuous oceanic, coastal and atmospheric data collections from cruises, permanent meteorological stations and other observatories along the Ecuadorian coast and Galapagos Island, supporting also the Central-South American ODINCARSA project. and
  • National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED, Japan): Seismograph Networks in Japan – Registration required:
  • French NODC: Nautilus, the IFREMER Web portal gives access to multidisciplinary in situ datasets of: chemistry, physical oceanography and geophysics, and is being widened to new types of data such as from geology.
  • NEPTUNE, Canada (THE NORTH-EAST PACIFIC TIME-SERIES UNDERSEA NETWORKED EXPERIMENTS): an 800 km ring powered fiber optic cabled observatory on the seabed over the northern part of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, a 200,000 sq km region in the northeast Pacific off the coasts of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, operated by Univ. of Victoria, nodes and instruments ready by 2008.
  • Network of Expertise in Long-Term Storage of Digital Resources (NESTOR): The project's objective is to create a network of expertise in long-term storage of digital resources for Germany. As the perspective of current and future archive users is central to the project, the emphasis is put on long-term accessibility.
  • OBIS: Ocean Biogeographic Information System.  A web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species. Contains expert species level and habitat level databases and provides a variety of spatial query tools for visualizing relationships among species and their environment. OBIS strives to assess and integrate biological, physical, and chemical oceanographic data from multiple sources.
  • Ocean Data Bank, National Center for Ocean Research (ODB, NCOR), Taiwan: limited access for the purpose of academic research to a variety of geophysical and hydrographic data, some of them in development.
  • OceanLife Project: a testbed collaboration underway between Rutgers University Marine Lab and San Diego Supercomputer Center designed to assist marine scientists to integrate biological and physical oceanographic data, dealing with datasets such as the World Ocean Atlas.
  • PANGAEA (Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data): Public library for dissemination of data and metadata via portal networks using georeferenced data related to basic research on earth & environment. Operated by AWI and MARUM, Germany.
  • PETROS Igneous Petrology Databank: PETROS currently includes 37,300 major element chemical analyses divided into 307 groups representing geographic areas or petrologic provinces. Also included are 408 average rock compositions calculated by various authors and a bibliography of information sources.
  • Publication and Citation of Scientific Primary Data (STD-DOI): a project funded by the German Science Foundation. Its aim is to make primary scientific data citable as publications. In this system, a data set would be attributed to its investigators as authors like it would be done for a work in the conventional scientific literature.
  • Ridge2000 Data System: a multiple-data file repository, access tools and web services for data collected in studies funded under the US Ridge2000 program.
  • SDDB (Scientific Drilling DataBase) of the International Scientific Continental Drilling Program (ICDP): holds Deep Earth Sampling and Monitoring data from ICDP operations ( and associated projects, and publishes datasets through the STD-DIO system. It is operated by GeoForschungsZentrum Data Centre and by the ICDP's Operational Support Group (OSG).
  • SeaDataNet: portal for Pan-European SeaDataNet network of NODCs.
  • SeaDog (Stewardship of Deep Ocean Geophysical) database and RODIN (Repository of Oceanographic Data and Information at NOCS – National Oceanographic Center Southampton) as its portal to aid the integration of the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) data grid:
  • SEA-SEARCH: predecessor of SeaDataNet with Pan-European meta catalogues.
  • SEDIS (Scientific Earth Drilling Information Service): A web based information system in development by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), to facilitate access to all data and information related to scientific ocean drilling, regardless of origin or location of data. SEDIS will be designed to integrate distributed scientific drilling data via metadata.
  • SESAR (System for Earth Sample Registration): Registry for Earth samples, generates and administers the International Geo Sample Number IGSN as a global unique identifier for GeoObjects (holes, cores, dredges, rock samples, etc.).
  • SIOExplorer Digital Library Project: Web-accessible data, documents and images from 822 expeditions by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) since 1903, and will become part of the overall NSF-funded National Science Digital Library (NSDL).  The effort is a collaboration between Scripps, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the UCSD Library.
  • Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB): to support the review of IODP ocean drilling proposals, worldwide (e.g., backscatter, documents, electromagnetics, fluid flux, navigation, seafloor imagery, seismic, etc.), at the Geological Data Center, Scripps Inst. Of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA.
  • SNAP (Seismic database Network Access Point), Istituto nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale: is a web content manager devoted to seismic data handling and is currently used within several International Initiatives such as the SCAR-SDLS (Seismic Data Library System), the ECORD (European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling), the EU project CO2GeoNet and the internal OGS seismic data access facility.
  • STD-DOI: Homepage of the project "Publication and Citation of Scientific Primary Data".
  • Stratigraphy Net's (Snet) Connotea library : a core discipline of the geological sciences. Since stratigraphy is an interdisciplinary approach to geology, strives to provide a forum to discuss and share latest developments and ideas in various branches of stratigraphy.
  • System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR): registry for Earth samples, generates and administers the International Geo Sample Number IGSN as a global unique identifier for GeoObjects (holes, cores, dredges, rock samples, etc).
  • TaxonConcept Biostratigraphy Database: as part of Snet, an open web based system to store and retrieve taxonomic data with special emphasis on the creation of online taxonomic dictionaries and fossilum catalogues style.
  • UNEP Shelf Programme, a One Stop Data Shop (OSDS): for use by coastal states preparing submissions for an extended continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. The OSDS was developed in response to a United Nations resolution that: “Calls upon the United Nations Environment Programme, working within the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) system for data and information management.
  • World Data Center (WDC): operated under the guidance of the International Council for Science (ICSU), originally planned to manage geophysical and solar data on a global scale, now data sets are broadly environmental (e.g., soils, paleoclimate, land processes) supported by host institutions (51 centers in 12 countries).
  • World Data Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (WDC-MARE): aimed at collecting, scrutinizing, and disseminating data related to Global Change in the fields of environmental oceanography, marine geology, paleoceanography, and marine biology, using the PANGAEA information system. Maintained by AWI and MARUM, Germany.

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Last updated Monday, August 13, 2007