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Introduction

The California Coastal Atlas (CCA) is a platform for the support of scientific research projects and the data
products they generate. The CCA provides a front-end to distributed data resources that are loosely federated
through cross-referencing services such as EZID and DataCite providing search and distribution services through
the CCA web-site. A goal of the CCA is to be a trusted data repository in manner consistent with the best practices
of the World Data System (WDS), the United States Geological Service and the International Coastal Atlas
Network
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The CCA was founded in 2004 for this purpose and has evolved as the cyberinfrastructure and cultural practices
related to scientific data publication has progressed. It is based on the principles first articulated in[1] and the need for a different world-view of how scientific data, especially that from grant-funded research, is managed and preserved [2354].
The methodology and cyberinfrastructure for the CCA is called the Digital Library Framework (DLF) which is
implemented using the Digital Library System (DLS). These have both been developed by J.J. Helly and the
implementations are interoperable across platforms and provide multi-lateral metadata interfaces. For more
information about the DLF and DLS, please contact J.J. Helly.
References

[1]   J. Helly, T. T. Elvins, D. Sutton, D. Martinez, S Miller, S. Pickett, and A. M. Ellison, Controlled
Publication of Digital Scientific Data, CACM 45 (2002), no. 5, 97–101.

[2]   John Helly, New concepts of publication, Nature 393 (1998).

[3]   ____________ , Digital libraries in hydrology, Hydroinformatics: Data Integrative Approaches in
Computation, Analysis, and Modeling (Praveen Kumar, Mike Folk, Momcilo Markus, Jay C Alameda,
and Peter Bajcsy, eds.), Taylor and Francis, London, England, 2005, p. 552.

[4]   John Helly and Maggi Kelly, Collaborative Management of Natural Resources in San Diego Bay,
Coastal Management 29 (2001), 16.

[5]   John Helly, Hubert Staudigel, and Anthony Koppers, Scalable models of data sharing in Earth
sciences, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems 4 (2003).