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Chronology of data library and data centres

Do you have responsibilities for data or statistics in your library? It may come as a surprise to you, if you are new to managing research data, that social science data professionals have been managing, storing, preserving, delivering, and providing service for social science data for 40 years. The premier organization for social science data professionals is IASSIST, an international organization that supports research and teaching in the social sciences. Members are individuals in libraries, data archives, statistical agencies, research centers, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations.

A series of messages on the IASSIST mailing list has resulted in a preliminary listing of the dates of creation of data libraries and data service centers, world wide. You may find the list of interest and want to save a link to it for reference as you seek data in the future.

xkcd comic now with 100% more NOAA weather data!

Worst hurricane according to historic HURDAT and NCEP data

Randall Monroe’s xkcd comic has got to be one of my favorite comics on the ‘net. It’s smart, funny, quirky, and best of all, frequently data-driven and scientifically accurate! (I have both the Congress and money posters on my office wall!!)

Check out the latest comic as a good example xkcd: Worst Hurricane. The coolest part about this is that he used data from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (quibbling but HURDAT database has been retired and replaced with HURDAT2) and from their National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Want to learn about the world’s largest climate data archive? Attend this webinar 2/26/14

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is a gold mine of weather and climate data. Land-based, marine, model, radar, weather balloon, satellite, and paleoclimatic are just a few of the types of datasets available. Want to learn more? Attend this webinar (which is actually the first in a 3-part series of webinars!) on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific.

The first webinar in a 3 part series, “NCDC-The World’s Largest Climate Data Archive” will be presented on Wednesday, February 26th at 2pm EST. Register today! An overview of the 3 NOAA data centers can be found in the webinar series announcement

  • Title: NCDC-The World’s Largest Climate Data Archive
  • Date: Wednesday, February 26th
  • Start time: 2pm EST
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Speakers:
    • Greg Hammer , Meteorologist, NCDC
    • Scott Stephens, Meteorologist, NCDC
    • Stuart Hinson, Meteorologist, NCDC
    • Mara Sprain, MALS Librarian, NCDC
    • Susan Osborne, Technical Writer and Communications Specialist, NCDC

Summary: NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) maintains the world’s largest climate data archive and provides climatological services and data to every sector of the United States economy and to users worldwide. Records in the archive range from paleoclimatic data, to centuries-old journals, to data less than an hour old. The Center’s mission is to preserve these data and make them available to the public, business, industry, government, and researchers. 

Data come to NCDC from not only land-based stations but also from ships, buoys, weather balloons, radars, satellites, and even sophisticated weather and climate models. With these data, NCDC develops national and global datasets. The datasets are used to maximize the use of our climatic and natural resources while also minimizing the risks caused by climate variability and weather extremes. NCDC has a statutory mission to describe the climate of the United States, and it acts as the “Nation’s Scorekeeper” regarding the trends and anomalies of weather and climate. NCDC’s climate data have been used in a variety of applications including agriculture, air quality, construction, education, energy, engineering, forestry, health, insurance, landscape design, livestock management, manufacturing, national security, recreation and tourism, retailing, transportation, and water resources management.

Participation is free, however registration is required. Upon registering, an e-mail confirmation of registration will include instructions for joining the Webinar.

From Federal CIO: Data Center Consolidation Interactive Map

From Tech Insider:

“Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s office has launched an interactive map listing the 137 data centers it has either already closed or plans to close by the end of this year.

The map lists data centers’ names and locations — down to geographic coordinates — and whether the center is among the 39 already closed as of April or is still operating but slated for closure.”

Direct to Interactive Map

Another Map:

Last month the White House released an interactive map showing excess federal properties. The map provides info about 7000 out of 12,000 properties.


The Tech Insider article also points out a new list with info about what operations federal agencies plan to migrate to the cloud.