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GOSIC - Global Observing System Information Center

The Global Observing System Information Centre (GOSIC) is intended to provide a single point of access for the observational requirements, data flows, and registry of datasets and products within the three observing systems: Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and GTOS.

The information centre is web-based and links the user to the centres of data and data products. Each participating data centre will maintain information on line concerning its data, data products, and data-processing activities, such as a metadata record in the format of the NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD). Complex searches can be carried out and the centre has direct links to other websites that provide in situ and space data.

The GOSIC site also contains a data matrix based on the GHOST hierarchical strategy. The hierarchy divides into five tiers, each with unique characteristics and roles, although existing facilities often straddle more than one tier. The concept is applicable to the three main areas which GHOST is concerned with - the land surface, freshwater ecosystems and ice surfaces - each with its own hierarchy, but all share tier five.

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