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The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) is a new face on the rapidly expanding horizon of marine research. The mission of HRI, an endowed research institute at TAMU-CC, is to support and advance the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico, focusing on coastal and marine policy, biodiversity, and conservation through an ecosystem-level approach. The goals of the HRI GIS department are to provide researchers and collaborators a cutting-edge research facility with capabilities unmatched in the marine research arena and an information portal for researchers, industry, education, state and federal agencies, and conservation interests from the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba. Collaborating with existing research facilities and assuming a leadership role to the ecosystem approach require the use of enterprise-like technology in a project-based realm, and HRI GIS is developing tools to enable it to process and store data on an enterprise scale.