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History of the GOSIC

The Joint Data and Information Management Panel (JDIMP) of the Global Observing Systems established the Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) in 1997. The GOSIC began as a pilot project to develop methods for easy online access to the comprehensive base of  GCOS data and information. The GOSIC was developed at the University of Delaware under a NOAA Grant, building on experience with information systems for international climate research programs. For the first few years the development of the GOSIC was guided by the JDIMP. After writing a high-level data and information plan for the Global Observing Systems, the JDIMP completed its work and was disbanded in 2000 (GCOS/GOOS/GTOS Joint Data and Information Management Plan - Prepared by the Joint Data and Information Management Panel (JDIMP) - May 2000 - GCOS-60, GOOS-70 (WMO/TD No. 1004)).

During its development at the University of Delaware (1997–2005), the GOSIC was reviewed in 2001 and 2003.

  • The first GOSIC Review, conducted in April 2001, was carried out by a review team appointed by the steering committees of GCOS, GOOS, and GTOS. This report has been submitted by Dr. Yves Tourre, chairman of the review team.
  • The second GOSIC Review was conducted in October 2003. The second GOSIC Review was carried out by a review team appointed by the steering committees of GCOS, GOOS, and GTOS. This report was submitted by Dr. Matthew Howard, chairman of the review team.

The reviews were generally supportive of the GOSIC and strongly supportive of several of the more unique features and content. Both review teams felt that the GOSIC performs a necessary service and should be continued. Both reviews produced prioritized recommendations for improvements. All recommendations of the first and second reviews have been implemented.

In August 2005, the GOSIC was moved to NCEI in Asheville, North Carolina, and it became operational in January 2007. The GOSIC is supported by NCEI and the U.S. GCOS Program at NCEI on behalf of the global observing community.

The GOSIC Portal was converted to a Content Management Systems (CMS) Drupal 7 platform and relaunched on August 31, 2012.

In December 2015, the GOSIC was integrated into the NOAA NCEI website.

The GOSIC staff also manages the World Data Center for Meteorology at Asheville website and U.S. GCOS web page.