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2009, Oceanography 22(2):116–127, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.43

NVODS and the Development of OPeNDAP

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Peter Cornillon | Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, USA

Jennifer Adams | Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES), Calverton, MD, USA

M. Benno Blumenthal | International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA

Eric Chassignet | Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Ethan Davis | Unidata, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

Steve Hankin | Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Seattle WA, USA

James Kinter | COLA, IGES, Calverton, MD, USA

Roy Mendelssohn | NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southwest Fisheries Science Center/Environmental Research Division, Pacific Grove, CA, USA

James T. Potemra | Asia-Pacific Data-Research Center and Faculty, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA

Ashwanth Srinivasan | Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Joseph Sirott | PMEL, NOAA, Seattle, WA, USA



The National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) funded a project to develop the foundation for a National Virtual Ocean Data System (NVODS) that has resulted in a robust data access framework for the exchange of oceanographic data (the Open source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol, or OPeNDAP) and a broad community of ocean data providers that remains vigorous and growing five years after NOPP funding ended. The project produced a number of "lessons learned" related to the design and implementation of distributed data systems that can inform other related efforts. These lessons are presented along with a brief overview of OPeNDAP and summaries of a number of projects that depend on OPeNDAP for data distribution.


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Cornillon, P., J. Adams, M.B. Blumenthal, E. Chassignet, E. Davis, S. Hankin, J. Kinter, R. Mendelssohn, J.T. Potemra, A. Srinivasan, and J. Sirott. 2009. NVODS and the development of OPeNDAP. Oceanography 22(2):116–127, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.43.



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