In an effort to broaden access to NOAA’s vast collections of environmental data, NCEI has launched a new web portal designed to improve accessibility. OneStop provides the public and existing users a “one-stop” place to search and discover data from a set of more than 26,000 collections, ranging from geophysical, ocean, coastal, weather, and climate datasets and products.
OneStop expands NCEI’s current avenues to environmental information, accessed by hundreds of thousands of existing users. It establishes an additional online access point to expand usage of NOAA’s data. The objectives are to provide easier data discovery, greater access, and visually appealing services that meet expectations of modern users.
Features of OneStop
OneStop does not replace other web portals for NOAA data but creates a user-oriented point of access. OneStop is designed to expand the number of potential users with an experience tailored to the user, utilizing standardized datasets. Government, academic, and private sectors rely on NCEI data for a variety of needs related to commercial and public pursuits.
One major feature of the new data access portal is a search engine geared to promote relevant discovery of data at faster speeds. The look and functionality of the new portal adheres to contemporary web design. OneStop can also be used on a smartphone.
All data archived by NCEI will be searchable in OneStop. Over the course of the first year, NOAA will develop the ability to make all data in the current NOAA Data Catalog available. Currently, NCEI archives a wide variety of Earth, ocean, and space observations. OneStop will provide access to weather, climate, satellite, fisheries, coastal, and ocean data. OneStop developed from a 2013 executive order to make public data more accessible and adheres to the tenets of the Open Government Program.