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Data from IPY Publications Now Available in PANGAEA

IPY PANGAEA logos verticalA Blog post by Amelie Driemel (PANGAEA Editor)

During the last International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2008, a wide range of research topics were addressed, from glaciology to biology, from biochemistry to biophysics, from oceanography to physiology, from atmospheric to social sciences. Despite the vast amounts collected, there was no central archive for IPY-related data. Instead they have been spread widely, with a lot of the data published in research articles only.

To enhance the availability and visibility of publication-related IPY data, a concerted effort among PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science, the ICSU World Data System, and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) was undertaken to extract data resulting from IPY publications for long-term preservation. A list of 1380 references was provided by ICSTI, and this bibliography served as a basis for me to filter out journal articles containing extractable data—either from the articles themselves (in the form of tables) or from supplementary materials supplied with the publication.

Ultimately, data and their associated metadata were extracted from 450 IPY articles. These data can now be accessed from here, and individual parts can be searched using the PANGAEA search engine and adding +project:ipy.

For more information, see also Driemel et al. (2015), The IPY 2007–2008 data legacy –creating open data from IPY publications. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 7, 239–244, doi:10.5194/essd-7-239-2015.