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waters. Companies interested in participating with IOOS should contact some or all of these Regional Associations (or RA's) to see about becoming a member.
MTR: And how do they contact them?
Clark: Two very good "one stop shops" for reaching some or all the RA's is through our website (www.ocean.us) or that of the National Federation of
Regional Associations (NFRA at www.usnfra.org www.nfra.org )
MTR: What contribution can be made by the private sector?
Clark: Actually, from the inception of
IOOS through its development, deployment, operation, maintenance and continual upgrade and improve- ments there will be critical roles that can best be fulfilled by Industry. The national calls or solicitations to date have been focused primarily at the very front-end of design and architecture of this "system of systems". In a very real sense, the off- shore oil & gas sector has already become actively involved in IOOS data, both in gathering and utilizing it.
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