TPAC has established a distributed library of oceanographic and climate data that brings together the resources and data held by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, the Australian Government Antarctic Division, the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research, and the University of Tasmania. The library is distributed between six agencies across Australia.
The library is built on the Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP) framework, which allows self describing data (such as netCDF or HDF) to be interrogated and delivered seamlessly across the web. Users are able to directly access the data using any application that has been linked with the appropriate OPeNDAP libraries. Applications include web browsers, GrADS, Ferret, Excel and common programming languages such as Matlab, C, Java and Fortran.