To facilitate readily accessible research infrastructure data to advance our understanding of Earth systems through an international community-driven effort, by: 1) bringing together both user communities and top-down directives to address evolving societal and scientific needs; 2) removing technical, scientific, cultural and geopolitical barriers for data use; and 3) coordinating the flow, integrity and preservation of information. 

Data interoperability enhances the value of scientific efforts and investment

Interoperable data sets are needed to forecast future conditions for basic understanding, planning, policy, and societal benefit. The rapid pace and global scale of environmental changes underscore the value of accessible, long-term data sets. Natural, managed, and socioeconomic systems are subject to complex, interacting stresses that play out over extended time periods and geographical spaces.  Data interoperability enhances the value of current scientific efforts and investment.  We live in an era of large-scale, interdisciplinary science fueled by large data sets. Currently, there is no accepted approach to make large datasets interoperable.

The COOPEUS project (COOPeration EU-US) establishes collaborations between international environmental Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe and the United States to promote information and infrastructure interoperability across research domains.

Learn more about COOPEUS partners here.

10 Research Infrastructure Partners Across 5 Environmental Science Domains

Environmental Research Infrastructure Domain US EU
Ocean Observing OOI EMSO
Carbon Observing NEON ICOS
Biodiversity NEON, DataOne LifeWatch
Geodesy/ Seismology IRIS, UNAVCO EPOS

COOPEUS is working to foster community engagement and sustainability of its mission by:

  • Understanding the current state of interoperability through gap analysis (workshops, questionnaires, interviews)
  • Establishing communication structures to facilitate knowledge transfer (tri-annual meetings, regular steering committee virtual meetings, websites, collaborative work spaces, webcasts)
  • Workshops to enhance community building and interoperability through diverse shareholder participation in problem-solving
  • Developing community best practices for research infrastructure information and interoperability
  • Developing data policies to guide RIs

COOPEUS meeting minutes, workshop reports, data policy and other documents can be found here on our EU partners site. 

Please contact the COOPEUS Project Coordinator for more information. 

COOPEUS held a Roadmapping workshop at AGU2014. Dr. Gilles Ollier, Head of the Earth Observations Division, European Commission gave the presentation below on current and future GEOSS activities.

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