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NDG2: The NERC DataGrid and associated toolkit


The NERC DataGrid (NDG) project was funded for three years from September 2002 and was built around two activities: the development of software to support an environmental datagrid, and deployment in the NERC atmospheric and oceanographic communities. After two years a number of significant achievements have resulted in a prototype environmental grid that by the end of the existing funding will have demonstrated the way forward. This proposal is for two years support to go beyond the aims of the NDG1 project to complete the development of an NDG software toolkit and deploy the NDG more widely. When complete, these two activities (software development, and grid deployment) will have evolved to a point where their future evolution can be split and handled by appropriate communities. The NDG2 deployment will create a production NERC DataGrid across further data holdings in the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC), the NERC Centres for Atmospheric Science (NCAS, including the British Atmospheric Data Centre, BADC), the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) Remote Sensing Data Analysis Service (RSDAS) and the Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC). As the system rolls out other groups will be enabled to join in, provided they have adequate metadata, or the means to produce it. The toolkit will allow the construction of user defined views and aggregations of data from holdings at one or more of data providers, thus contributing to the construction of user defined earth system atlases. The metadata structures developed will incorporate provision for sufficient provenance information so that users will be able to identify authoritative datasets, whether part of the proposed QUEST Earth System Atlas or otherwise. The toolkit will support interoperation with other key international developments, and so the NDG portal will allow users to find and utilise data worldwide.

Maturity: Developed Research
Region: UK
Type: Research
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Start Date: 01/01/1999
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Project Status: funded
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