And for today's offering we have Geo Seas an European initiative on an e-portal for geophysical and geological data. Lots of info on infrastructure, metadata and standards. All sounds pretty good for sharing.
And of course, one link leads to another. Sea Data Net has "federated open digital repositories to manage, access and share data, information, products and knowledge originating from oceanographic fleets, new automatic observation systems and space sensors.
"By use of standards for communication and new developments in information technology, in-situ and satellite marine data platforms are providing metadata, data and products as a unique virtual data centre."
Ah, I see the catch now - free data sharing for use of research and education only. Well, not really a catch but it's a way to encourage data sharing without anyone worrying someone is going to make a quick buck out of it.