Materials of the International Conference
50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year
and Electronic Geophysical Year

16-19 September 2007 • Suzdal, Russia

WDC of GC RAS participation in IPY

E. P. Kharin, N. A. Sergeeva, L. P. Zabarinskaya, and T. A. Krylova

Geophysical Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Abstract

International Polar Year (IPY) carried out in 2007–2008 is timed to the 125-anniversary of the First IPY (1882–1883), 75th anniversary of the Second IPY (1932–1933) and 50th anniversary of the Third IPY (1957–1959). The latter was named International Geophysical Year, when not only the polar areas but the whole planet Earth with all its shells became objects of study. This International Geophysical Year has become one of the largest scientific events in the post-war period, and 66 countries took part in research works. Over the period of IGY activities, a network of the polar scientific stations in the Arctic and Antarctic has been created, and they continued working in the forthcoming years. The world data centres on the Solar-Earth Physics and Physics of Solid Earth (WDC on SEP and PSE), using accumulated experience and modern (including network) technologies of data processing, are ready for the accumulation of standard data, obtained in the period of IPY 2007–2008, and for the analysis of these data, creation of descriptions (of metadata), formation of data bases and retrieval systems, data storage and distribution, first via the Internet. With regard to experience of IPY and other international projects, types and sets of data were determined that are to be concentrated in the WDC of Russia in the period of IPY (2007–2008). Accumulation of these data is aimed at their long-term storage and provision of data accessibility, first for the Russian scientists. A special site "IPY 2007–2008" (http://www.wdcb.ru/WDCB/IPY/IPY.ru.html) was created on the World Data Centres server. On this site, devoted to the IPY programme, a user can find information about the International Polar Year. Data on Solid Earth Physics and Solar-Earth Physics obtained by the WDC during IPY are provided in on-line regime, as well as information on where and under which conditions it is possible to obtain data from the new geophysicial stations, having been organized for this project. Site also comprises materials and results of special field exploration parties and experiments. Data on the Arctic and Antarctic regions, accumulated in the WDC on Solar-Earth Physics and Solid Earth Physics since 1957 until present, are shown on this site in remote access regime. In the WDC, geophysical data on polar regions, obtained in the period of the IPY (1957–1958) and over the forthcoming years within the framework of other projects, are transferred from analogous form into a digital format. In the future, we plan to put all types of data in a uniform format, develop a uniform system of directories and catalogues, and include data, newly obtained within the framework of IPY, into this system.

Citation: E. P. Kharin, N. A. Sergeeva, L. P. Zabarinskaya, and T. A. Krylova (2007), WDC of GC RAS participation in IPY, in: Materials of the International Conference '50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year and Electronic Geophysical Year', GC RAS, Moscow, doi:10.2205/2007-IGY50conf.

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