Salmon & Steelhead Recovery Tracker

Web Services and NOAA

Published 8/23/2010 4:17 PM by jeff

While the ODFW Salmon Recovery Tracker website allows users to download data for further analysis or explore recovery trends via the charts online, there are other data requests that are better suited to being handled automatically at the database level. For example, NOAA Fisheries is tasked with gathering states' and tribes' monitoring and evaluation information, producing status reports and plans, and regularly reporting their findings to Congress. As a result of this ongoing, data-rich work, ODFW staff spend considerable time responding to outside data requests.

In the interest of streamlining recurring data requests, ODFW plans to establish a web service agreement with NOAA Fisheries. Web services allow independent organizations to communicate data without intimate knowledge of or access into each other's IT systems behind the firewall.

At this time, the ODFW/NOAA web service is intended to be a one-way exchange whereby relevant salmon population data in ODFW’s Recovery Tracker database are sent directly to NOAA Fisheries for inclusion in their Salmonid Population Summary (SPS) database. We anticipate the ODFW/NOAA web service becoming available in 2011. To learn more about how NOAA uses state and tribal salmon and steelhead data, visit their new Salmon Population Summary database website.

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