The Common Information Model (CIM) describes climate data, the models and software from which they derive, the geographic grids used to calculate and project them, and the experimental processes (typically simulations) that produced them.
The CIM was originally developed by the EU-funded Metafor Project. It is now maintained and developed by Earth Science Documentation (ES-DOC). The latest release dates from 2012.
The CIM Comparator is a web-based tool for comparing and contrasting CIM metadata records currently stored in the CIM archive. It allows users to compare scientific properties across models and their components. Currently the Comparator is limited to the comparison of CMIP5 metadata. The results of the comparison are available in HTML or exportable CSV.
The CIM Questionnaire generates a customizable web-based questionnaire based on the CIM schema.
A methodology and toolset for documenting climatology simulation experiments using the Metafor CIM.
The tool allows one to associate issues and reports of information with a remote resource. Issues are things that are wrong with the remote resource, or which need looking into, and reports are comments on the consistency of the remote resource with various measures.
The CIM Portal enables users to discover information and services about Earth and climate systems.
A service for submitting CMIP5 climate data to the Earth Science Grid in a form compliant with the Metafor CIM.
A gateway providing a discovery service for climate data held at repositories across the globe. It supports use of the Metafor CIM.