The vision for the Texas Onegulf Knowledge Base (TOKB) is a society taking full advantage of scientific research to better live and work on a dynamic and diverse Texas coast. Our mission is to improve the usability of existing scientific data to address Texas’Gulf coast issues. The TOKB will do this by making relevant data widely accessible and driving the progression from data to information to knowledge.
Data are facts or objective observations and typically lack context or interpretation. Information is derived from data that is processed and placed in context making it useful for specific purposes. Knowledge is subjective and involves expert insight and intuition grounded in reliable data and information. Developing actionable information requires access to reliable and well-documented scientific data. The TOKB, however, will not be a separate data repository; rather it will rely on the existing GRIIDC, GOMAportal, and GCOOS repositories to archive relevant datasets.
In more detail: see the strategic plan
Texas Onegulf center of excellence
Texas OneGulf is a partnership of nine outstanding institutions dedicated to the long-term environmental and economic health of both the state of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) has curated and stored more than 2,000 datasets or ~70 terabytes of data, already making it the largest data aggregation and distribution system dedicated
to Gulf research ever assembled. GRIIDC is the data management entity responsible for compiling, cataloging, and curating the full-body of data derived from the 10-year $500 million research program (Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, GoMRI)
that began a few days after the start of the Deepwater Horizon event. The GRIIDC network has involved more than 3,000 researchers and nearly 300 research groups. The Harte Research Institute (HRI) develops, manages and maintains GRIIDC for
GOMRI. Both HRI and GOMRI fully support efforts to better integrate Gulf of Mexico data and information, as well as efforts to create a sustainable system that serves all Gulf of Mexico scientific research beyond the end of the GoMRI program.
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association’s (GCOOS-RA) data management system currently ingests more than 1,800 data streams at hourly intervals or less, from federal and non-federal sources. GCOOS-RA
includes 125 member organizations across the Gulf and maintains some 5,000 sensors providing near real-time coastal and oceanographic data on biophysical phenomenon. It also works with Gulf and national modeling communities to provide open
access to forecasts of weather and ocean currents in convenient forms and formats. The GCOOS-RA collection of historical oceanographic records goes back to the early 1900s and GCOOS-RA updates this collection with data in near real-time from
present day ocean surveys. GCOOS-RA is a Texas OneGulf consortium member and both manages and maintains this extensive oceanographic data and analysis system.