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Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) Inc., now Consortium for Ocean Leadership Inc., was a non-profit (501(c)3) organization that was created in 1976 to help lead the U.S. effort in scientific ocean drilling. JOI managed the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP; International Phase) and was the prime contractor for ODP from its inception in 1983.
For nearly 20 years, through subcontracts with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and Texas A&M University (TAMU), JOI provided central management and, through subcontractors, the full array of services at sea and on land for ODP. Additionally, JOI has managed or supported a number of related activities including the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES) Advisory Structure for ODP through the JOIDES office and the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP), which supports U.S. participation in ODP.
JOI was advised in the overall objectives of ODP by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES), an international group of scientists who provided planning and program advice regarding science goals and objectives, facilities, scientific personnel, and operating procedures.
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