The National Ecological Observatory Network (run by Battelle, headquarters in Boulder, CO) has joined forces with the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) to promote data accessibility and usability in the environmental sciences. The joint initiative will create tools, templates, and standards that will make it easier to synthesize data from the NEON program, the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER), and other networks and organizations. It also provides a place for individual researchers to publish derived data and to search and discover data sets submitted by other researchers. One of the primary goals of the joint initiative is to facilitate the creation of an inclusive and diverse community of environmental data providers and users.
EDI brings together data scientists, environmental researchers, and software developers to develop standards and software tools to enable FAIR data, as outlined by the GO FAIR initiative. GO FAIR seeks to make scientific data more open and inclusive for individuals and organizations.