Within the scientific community, interdisciplinary analyses are increasingly emphasized to gain a more complete understanding of how entire Earth systems function. For National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored programs such as EarthScope (http://www.earthscope.org), Ridge 2000 (http://www.ridge2000.org), Margins (http://www.nsf-margins.org), and the Ocean Observatories Initiative (http://www.oceanleadership.org/ocean_observing), this includes trying to identify potentially complex linkages that exist between geological, biological, chemical, and/or physical processes occurring at predefined regions. For this interdisciplinary approach to succeed, numerous, and often disparate, datasets must be combined in a manner comprehensible and accessible to a wide range of scientists. To overcome this...

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