NOAA Fisheries' Enterprise Data Management Program
InPort is the centralized repository of documentation, or metadata, for NOAA Fisheries data. To put it simply, metadata is data which describes other data. InPort enables our customers to find, access and understand our vast array of data and information, much like a library card catalog.
The InPort Catalog gives NOAA Fisheries and its state and regional partners the capability to share essential information about fisheries data, but InPort does not store fisheries data itself.
InPort, for example, can help answer the following questions:
- What logbook data exist for U.S. fisheries?
- What time periods and geographic areas are covered by the logbook records?
- Who controls the data and how do I contact that individual or organization?