The NERC DataGrid (NDG) is a project aimed at creating a federated data management system that allows users to discover, browse, select and access data from multiple sources via a single interface. Using the RM-ODP architecting model and UML a formal architecture has been developed. Schemas have been developed for discovery, browse metadata and access metadata. These have been heavily influenced by developing standards such as ISOs TC211 work and GML, as well as existing community standards such as NetCDF and OpenDAP. The NDG has identified areas where the developing standards do not cater for the needs of atmospheric/climate science and work is underway to influence the drafting process. The BADC and BODC are partners in the NDG project and have both contributed to its work on existing and emerging standards.
The BADC and WDCC have been working on an interoperability project to enable users of ECMWF Re-analysis data to access data via either archive. This involves agreement of common security and metadata standards.
The German WDC Network of Earth System Research consistsof the WDC MARE (Uni. Bremen), WDC RSAT (DFD/DLR, Oberpfaffenhoven) and the WDC Climate (Hamburg). They already constitute a community of spatial archives working on standards and interoperability. WDC Climate manages access to enormous climate research datasets in its petabyte archive. It supports this with the CERA metadata model. WDC MARE have developed metadata holdings based on the ISO 19xxx series. WDC-RSAT hosts data and processors related to obtainment of information related to the atmosphere (biosphere, troposphere, and stratosphere). The inclusion of Metadata, also based on the ISO 19xxx series, is on-going in partnership with the German National Remote Sensing Data Library (NRSDL) which, like WDC-RSAT, is also hosted at the German Remote Sensing Data Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-DFD).
The ESSC is part of the UKs National Centre for Ocean Forecasting and also hosts the Reading e-Science Centre. It partners the Met Office in the GMES MERSEA program on operational oceanography and in a national government program to promote Web Service delivery of operational meteorological services. It has expertise in fast access to gridded operational marine and atmospheric data using Web Services and OpenDAP servers, currently managing about 2TB of data. It also has expertise in geospatial database technology and has run research trials of database and file management systems. It plans to update its servers to be compliant with the OGC Web Services specification and relevant metadata standards.