GLOS Becomes Second Regional Association to be Certified

The GLOS (Great Lakes Observing System) is the second Regional Association to be certified as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity. GLOS accomplished this by demonstrating their governance and data management system comply to NOAA established national standards.

"This was an important achievement for GLOS as it validates our commitment to providing quality information to a variety of stakeholders in the eight Great Lake states and two Canadian provinces,” comments Kelli Paige, GLOS Director. “Being certified will allow us to strengthen our partnerships in the region and to serve as a regional data assembly center for the Great Lakes."

Serving quality data is a priority for GLOS.  To meet the national standards, each data stream is scanned for errors before being publicly distributed and will be archived at NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information.

"Congratulations to GLOS for being the second region to be certified as a Regional Information Coordinating Entity under the ICOOS Act,” stated Zdenka Willis, IOOS Director. “Certification is an optional but important part of the IOOS system.  By meeting and documenting the high standards certification requires, regional and federal partners can be confident that GLOS is in compliance with national data management standards."

PacIOOS (Pacific Island Ocean Observing System) was the first IOOS Regional Association to be certified. SCCOOS (Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System) recently submitted their certification application.   All the IOOS RAs have plans for submitting applications in the next six months.