Florida Institute of Oceanography


FL RACEP grantees will be required to make their data accessible via the
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC). The Harte Research Institute (HRI) developed GRIIDC to manage and promote public access to the scientific data generated by the 10-year, $500 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), funded by BP in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. GRIIDC includes software, hardware, and outreach infrastructure to serve GoMRI researchers. The GoMRI Research Board recognized the value of GRIIDC in advancing data sharing in the Gulf of Mexico beyond GoMRI-funded research. The Centers of Excellence Research Grants Programs (CERGP) funded under the RESTORE Act (P.L. 112-141, subtitle f, sec. 1605) are natural partners to join GRIIDC in the mission: To ensure a data and information legacy that promotes continual scientific discovery and public awareness of the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem.

FL RACEP will contract with HRI to support datasets generated by the projects conducted under the RFP# FLCERGP-2015-01, making them discoverable, accessible, and useable in the long term by other researchers thereby increasing the efficiency of scientific research, providing proper documentation for published articles, and making new discoveries possible.

Initial cruises and data generation is expected to begin by the end of 2015. Metadata records will be accessible via the GRIIDC Data Discovery tool.

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