ERDDAP is a software tool developed at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center that provides a simple, consistent way for data producers to provide access to their data. Based upon the Data Access Protocol (DAP), an ERDDAP server can be configured to serve data from many different data sources in a variety of data formats. With this flexibility ERDDAP is proving itself as an essential tool to improve data interoperability and integration among various data communities.
Though it is increasingly being used to provide access to delayed mode data, ERDDAP also has application in operational workflows. In fact, the NOAA International Ocean Observing System (IOOS) community uses ERDDAP for its operational glider data assembly center (DAC). ERDDAP also provides the backbone data management framework for the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) project, which tracks surface carbon in the global oceans.
In this presentation, we will discuss the merits of the integration framework that ERDDAP provides; how it is being used in national and international projects to improve interoperability; and how ERDDAP can be utilized by data producers to meet the increased obligations required for data management, access and archive by national funding agencies.