Ocean portal announced



A new ocean data portal—http://www.data.gov/ocean—was unveiled by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on 6 December. “Ocean.data.gov focuses in particular on data sets relevant to ocean and coastal planning and will aid planners and interested citizens as they search for federal data and information in this domain,” according to a 6 December blog post on the OSTP Web site. The Web site, which is labeled as a prototype, indicates that it is a portal for data, information, and tools “to support people engaged in planning for the future of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. Our goal is to be a one-stop hub to support planners and to provide useful information to the public.”