The accessibility of coastal environmental information through the Internet (Mermaid - the Internet Data Broker concept)
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The paper gives an overview of the modern concept of Internet data broker for environmental data transfer and exchange thorough the Internet. The main tasks of the specific data broker components are to catalogue data (metadata database), to search for data, to retrieve data subsets, to package data, to dispatch data and finally to charge for the data. These issues are covered by the activities within the EU 5th Framework Programme known as Marine Environmental Response data Management and Acquisition using Internet Data brokerage, or MERMAID. The main idea of the project is that many users are linked through the Internet Data Broker with various environmental datasets made available by data providers.
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W. Krzyminski, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Maritime Branch in Gdynia, ul. Waszyngtona 42, 81-342 Gdynia, Poland, e-mail: email@example.com