About NeCODP Data Portal

The Exchange Network project is just one of several interoperability initiatives undertaken by the Northeast and Coastal Ocean Data Partnership (NeCODP). The purpose of this effort is to utilize the opportunity provided by the Exchange Network to investigate the network as a viable method for NeCODP partners to make their data interoperable.

In November 2006, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services applied for an EPA Exchange Network grant on behalf of the NeCODP, which at the time was called the Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership (GoMODP). All partners were offered the opportunity to participate in the grant application process. A total of 9 partners officially joined in. In October 2007, the grant application was approved, work began in earnest in the summer of 2008, and the project was completed in the summer of 2010.
 
The purpose of this project was to enable exchange of monitoring data between the partners in the NeCODP according to the Environmental Data Standards Council (EDSC) standards and in alignment with the Water Quality Exchange (WQX) schema using Exchange Network protocols.

A schema was developed by the partners, using the WQX as a starting point and incorporating elements from other data standards as needed. The schema is called the ODPX (for Ocean Data Partnership eXchange) and is largely based on the WQX with geospatial and catalog elements adopted from other data standards.

A network node was developed by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), the host of the NeCODP. The node includes a back end database to accept ODPX formatted data from various partners for use in this custom web application called The NeCODP Data Discovery and Download Portal. The portal provides access to the data submitted by partners through the node. This application is designed to be useful in displaying where monitoring has occurred and for what parameters; thereby enabling determination of where monitoring gaps exist and sampling collaboration is possible.

All NeCODP partners are encouraged to join the exchange. Information on getting involved can be found on the How to Participate tab.