Geo-interface to Air, Land, Earth, Ocean NetCDF (GALEON) is a Unidata-led interoperability experiment within the OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium). The object of GALEON is to establish standards-based protocols through which other communities can access datasets provided via Unidata technologies. This approach allows Unidata to make data available to other groups (e.g., hydrology, societal impacts, hazards research, etc.) without supplying complete end-to-end support of analysis and display client applications as we do for our core user community.
In the early days of GALEON, the focus was on making numerical weather forecast model output accessible via the standard WCS protocol. More recently, however, our OGC standardization effort is centered on making Unidata's netCDF technology an international data encoding standard in its own right.