SOUTH FLORIDA INFORMATION ACCESS, SOUTHEAST ECOLOGICAL SCIENCE CENTER, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Data Center Description
South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) is an interdisciplinary service that provides coherent information access in support of research, decision making, and resource management for the South Florida ecosystem restoration effort. Sponsored by the USGS Priority Ecosystems Science Initiative (PES, formerly the USGS Place-Based Studies Program (PBS)), SOFIA offers a suite of information systems and tools enabling the selection, organization, documentation, dissemination and storage of data and other information products. SOFIA focuses on the projects and products of the South Florida PES Initiative, as well as related projects and products from other information providers, including federal, state and local agencies; universities; and non-governmental organizations. SOFIA personnel include a cross-bureau team of scientists, information managers, and informatics specialists, working in close collaboration with partner and client agencies outside the USGS. Current and planned SOFIA services include:

*SOFIA web site offering up-to-date information, documents and other resources from the USGS South Florida PES Initiative
*Provide online clearinghouse for the South Florida Restoration science forum
*Searchable databases, including the Data Exchange (biologic, hydrologic, meteorologic, and geographic datasets from all PBS-sponsored projects)
*Searchable bibliography of USGS products for south Florida
*Tools for describing and searching for information (South Florida Environmental Thesaurus; South Florida Ecosystem Gazetteer)
*Specialized tools for decision support (South Florida GEODE, other geospatial interfaces)
*Searchable metadata (FGDC and NBII compatible records)


Data Center URL
URL: http://sofia.usgs.gov/