DataONE global data access network for environmental research launched recently. I encourage you to take a look at their goal and think about how you would use and/or contribute your research data to repositories like this. What are the benefits, barriers?
DataONE (http://dataone.org) is a
global data access and preservation network projected to make vast
amounts of information related to environmental research readily
available. The network, which has received a $20 million grant through
the National Science Foundation DataNet programme, will also receive
$700,000 over five years.
With this effort, universities and government agencies are coming
together to address the growing need for organizing and providing large
amounts of highly diverse and interrelated but often incompatible
scientific data. The resulting computing and processing cyber
infrastructure will be made permanently available for use by the broader
international science communities. Studies will range from research that
sheds light on fundamental environmental processes to identifying
environmental problems and potential solutions.
DataONE is led by the University of New Mexico and includes partner
organisations across the US, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and
Australia. In East Tennessee, others participating in DataONE are the
University of Tennessee and the US Geological Survey in Oak Ridge, which
represents the National Biological Information Infrastructure, a key
partner in DataONE.
It is expected that DataONE will ultimately provide a way to allow
scientists from many disciplines to collaborate on important
environmental scientific challenges. The DataONE team will study how a
vast digital data network can provide secure and permanent access into
the future and encourage scientists to share their data. It will help
determine data and data citation standards as well as create the tools
for organising, managing and publishing data.
As one of five DataNet collaborations envisioned by the NSF, DataONE
will build a set of geographically distributed coordinating nodes that
play an important role in facilitating all of the activities of the
global network. The initial three coordinating nodes will be at the
University of Tennessee/ORNL, the University of New Mexico and
University of California Santa Barbara.