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Title: Locating machine-readable ecological data

Abstract

Increasing numbers of machine-readable ecological and environmental data files are becoming available from federal agencies specifically for public dissemination. Many agencies or projects with specific thematic orientations compile descriptions of databases, but usually do not maintain the actual data. These directories provide enough information to determine which data files have a high probability of fulfilling a user's need and include an individual's name to contact for obtaining more information (or the actual data file). This paper describes directories and clearinhouses that assist users in locating and acquiring data files. Twenty-four directory/clearinghouse activities maintained by federal agencies are described and grouped into five classes: (I) clearinghouse not dealing with actual data files, (II) data repositories containing data files, (III) data centers with data and some data evaluation, (IV) data analysis centers with extensive data evaluation, and (V) integrated database systems with evaluation, standardization, and integration. Published inventories of machine-readable data are reviewed. The Acid Depostion Data Network, developed at Oak Ridge National Laboraotry by the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, is described as a project using data directories and as an example of an integrated database system that provides evaluated, standardized, and integrated information on acid-deposition related data. 17 refs., 5more » tabs.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6199828
Report Number(s):
CONF-8411244-1
ON: DE86002183
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Research data management in the ecological sciences symposium, Georgetown, SC, USA, 4 Nov 1984
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ECOLOGY; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; ENVIRONMENT; INVENTORIES; ACID RAIN; NAPAP; ATMOSPHERIC PRECIPITATIONS; RAIN; 500200* - Environment, Atmospheric- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (-1989); 510100 - Environment, Terrestrial- Basic Studies- (-1989); 520100 - Environment, Aquatic- Basic Studies- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Olson, R J, and Kanciruk, P. Locating machine-readable ecological data. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Olson, R J, & Kanciruk, P. Locating machine-readable ecological data. United States.
Olson, R J, and Kanciruk, P. Sun . "Locating machine-readable ecological data". United States.
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