Data Science Journal
Online ISSN : 1683-1470
Proceedings of the 1st WDS Conference in Kyoto 2011
Operations of the World Data Centre for Geomagnetism, Edinburgh
S J ReayE ClarkeE DawsonS Macmillan
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2013 Volume 12 Pages WDS47-WDS51

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The British Geological Survey has operated a World Data Centre for Geomagnetism since 1966. Geomagnetic time-series data from around 280 observatories worldwide at a number of time resolutions are held along with various magnetic survey, model, and activity index data. The operation of this data centre provides a valuable resource for the geomagnetic research community.

The operation of the WDC and details of the range of data held are presented. The quality control procedures that are applied to incoming data are described as is the work to collaborate with other data centres to distribute and improve the overall consistency of data held worldwide. The development of standards for metadata associated with datasets is demonstrated, and current efforts to digitally preserve the BGS analogue holdings of magnetograms and observatory yearbooks are described.

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