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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2015, Article ID 982062, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/982062
Research Article

Web-Based Data Integration and Interoperability for a Massive Spatial-Temporal Dataset of the Heihe River Basin EScience Framework

1State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710061, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3Liaocheng University, Liaocheng, Shandong 252059, China
4Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China

Received 7 October 2014; Revised 25 January 2015; Accepted 3 February 2015

Academic Editor: Yongqiang Zhang

Copyright © 2015 Qingchun Guo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

To solve the messy problem of data types and form a unified data-processing solution, data in the Heihe River Basin were first classified into five types to integrate them and achieve unified management of data and metadata, preventing the loss of metadata, in the data model of eScience framework. Considering many of the challenges that exist in the construction of the online spatial-temporal data integration and interoperability eScience platform, we used the open data interfaces and standards such as the Common DataModel (CDM) interface, common scientific data modelling (i.e., NetCDF, GRIB, and HDF), and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. Through the eScience platform, we also provided online data processing tools by collecting free tools (e.g., NetCDF tool, quality control tool). This eScience platform enables researchers to make full use of scientific research information and results and facilitates collaboration, especially between the GIS community and other members of the earth science community, with the purpose of establishing an online platform of uniform spatial data from the Heihe River Basin via common scientific data modelling.