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The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE), a portal for environmental science data exploration, announced that it's gone live as of July 23, 2012. From the DataONE site: "supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant #OCI-0830944) as one of the initial DataNets, DataONE will ensure the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data via three principle cyberinfrastucture elements and a broad education and outreach program."
DataONE's three principle elements include:
Users can access data via ONE Mercury, a search tool that allows for geographic, metadata, contributor node, and other types of searches.
Read more about DataONE on the DataONE site.