Data Collection or Production Centres (DCPC) are Centres that fulfil, within specific WMO Programmes, an international responsibility for the generation and provision for international distribution of data and/or products. In 2010 EUMETSAT enrolled as a DCPC and successfully completed the designation procedure by enhancing existing interfaces and services. Those enhancements addressed primarily functionalities and services provided by EUMETSAT’s Earth Observation Portal (EOP).
As an endorsed DCPC, EUMETSAT implemented, operationally, the following set of essential functions:
Intended for Global and non-Global Exchange
Provide Access to Information
The Product Navigator is EUMETSAT's online catalogue of all EUMETSAT data and products. Users can find their data using a simple full-text search, a geographic and time search or a browse-by-theme mode.
The Product Navigator provides a secure access to all real-time or offline archived EUMETSAT datasets.
Use of international metadata standards to be interoperable
The Product Navigator is a fully interoperable information discovery system:
As a DCPC, EUMETSAT is providing data intended for global and regional exchange to the designated GISCs in its WMO region.
EUMETSAT also has in place operational procedures for synchronising its metadata catalogue with the GISC Offenbach.
EUMETSAT metadata contained within the Product Navigator is operationally synchronised to GISC Offenbach in WMO core profile 1.2.
GISC Offenbach is synchronising its product catalogue with other GISCs such as GISC Beijing and via the network of GISCs, EUMETSAT datasets can, therefore, be discovered and retrieved from anywhere within the WIS.
As soon as the OpenWis software platform has been declared operational by the consortium, EUMETSAT will interface itself with the emerging GISCs Toulouse and Exeter.
WIS key benefits for users of EUMETSAT data and products
With the WIS, exposure and availability of EUMETSAT products and datasets are greatly increased, as they can now reach potential users who are not necessarily part of the meteorological community.
The EUMETSAT DCPC infrastructure is operationally ready to function as DCPC in WIS and welcome all WIS users that want to take advantage of the EUMETSAT datasets.
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