The COG scientific workspace is a web application based upon Django, which is a Python web framework that encourages rapid development, clean separation of application layers, and combination of modular applications. Django applications are backed by a configurable relational database back-end, which in this case was chosen to be SQLLite.
Additionally, the COG scientific workspace integrates many Django-based applications that are developed by the community and freely available as open-source pluggable modules, specifically:
CoG was developed under grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and in partnership with the Department of Energy Office of Science and the Infrastructure for the European Network for Earth System Modeling project supported by the European Union. Data archive and search provided by the Earth System Grid Federation.