National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Centralized Data Management Office

Supporting Data Management for Science Collaborative Projects

The NERRS Science Collaborative manages a national competitive research and engagement program that supports collaborative science projects addressing critical coastal management needs identified by the reserves. The program also disseminates the knowledge, processes, and key lessons learned from projects. With a national network dedicated to sharing data, tools and knowledge, research conducted at one reserve can be extended to and strengthen all 30 sites, the communities they serve, and throughout NOAA leaving all better prepared to manage our changing coasts. The NERRS Centralized Data Management Office is the NOAA center of data management for the Science Collaborative program, providing support and guidance for projects’ data management activities.

With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, all Science Collaborative projects must comply with federal data sharing requirements. Among other things, these specify that environmental and social science data collected and/or created under NOAA grants must be made publicly accessible in a timely manner with appropriate metadata and data archival strategies. The CDMO helps ensure these expectations are met and provides the following types of support:

Sustaining Partnerships

Guidance for Developing Data Sharing Plans

Support for Project Teams

Cataloging Project Datasets

Making Datasets Accessible

Examples of Datasets Made Accessible through CDMO

Applicants and recipients of Science Collaborative grants are encouraged to reach out to the CDMO if they have questions about data management, data sharing or coordination with other NOAA data-related initiatives.

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CDMO Contacts

Jeremy Cothran
National Science Collaborative Coordinator

Melissa Ide
Deputy Director

Dwayne Porter