Integration of AQ Observation Systems:Data archiving, harmonization, delivery and interpretation

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
Links to: Air Quality Cluster > CENR Monitoring Strategy

This section recognizes the burden required to tap into and extract usable information (gain access, familiarity, reformat, etc.) from existing data bases, which becomes more formidable when attempting to access data bases from disparate agencies and systems. A serious multiple agency effort probably needs to be undertaken to probe the data user needs and enable access and an appropriate level of harmonization (standard formats?, protocols?,….). To achieve some of the visionary aspects of this effort that include marrying ground based, vertical profile information and total column satellite data implies an information technology component that probably exists as a concept distanced from routine operation.

Hopefully, this section would provide at a minimum the expected roles (or clarification) played by the various IT efforts under discussion (ESIP, Federation Architecture, RSIG, others). How do these overarching structures relate to internal IT systems of discreet agencies? What modifications, if any, are required of agencies to enable greater data access and harmonization? What is the role of GEOSS in providing guidance and resources for effecting an IT solution to integrating data systems?

This section provides an opportunity to lay out an IT vision commensurate with the underlying assessment and network integration mission of this report.