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GOSIC Terms of Reference

The following terms of reference for the Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) are based on those proposed by the ​​Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Data and Information Management Panel (DIMP) in 1996 and revised by the Global Observing Systems Joint Data and Information Management Panel in 1997.

To provide a central point of information and assistance for the GCOS, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)* and partner programs distributed data and information system the GOSIC shall have the following terms of reference:

  • Focus on information systems
  • Provide access to a distributed directory of climate data and information, including links to the datasets
  • Point to other centers and information systems of the major climate, ocean, and terrestrial research and operational observing programs
  • Provide information on the GCOS, GOOS, GTOS*, and partner programs and plans including an inventory of data centers, sources, and experts
  • Prepare documentation on the GCOS, GOOS, and GTOS* component programs and systems
  • Disseminate information about standards and procedures
  • Provide access, without holding datasets
  • Present information as held in the centers, without either creating or modifying the presentation.

* Due to a lack of funding the GTOS is presently non-operational