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

16-19 September 2007 • Suzdal, Russia

Long-term archiving of interdisciplinary data at Columbia University

Robert S. Chen

CIESIN, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA

Abstract

At the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year it is important to reflect on the long-term stewardship of digital scientific data collected during the past few decades and the vast amounts of new digital data that will accumulate in the next century. At Columbia University, CIESIN, the World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment, is collaborating with geoscientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and with librarians from the Columbia University Libraries on a number of projects to improve the appraisal, archiving, curation, organization, integration, documentation, access, analysis, and preservation of both Earth and social science data. The Geoinformatics for Geochemistry (GfG) program is focused on developing and maintaining geochemical data collections and information systems to maximize their application in research and education and to ensure their usability and accessibility across a range of disciplines. In collaboration with the University Libraries, CIESIN is also developing a long-term digital archive that seeks to preserve and maintain the content of selected data, documentation, and services related to the human dimensions of global change for at least the next 50 years. Use of state-of-the-art information technologies and development of in-house expertise are essential to these activities, but just as important is establishment of an institutional commitment and organizational framework for long-term stewardship of digital scientific data.

Citation: Robert S. Chen (2007), Long-term archiving of interdisciplinary data at Columbia University, 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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