Give your feedback


PAGES 2k Network Data Managers Nick McKay and Julien Emile-Geay have been working on a new framework for the archival and use of paleodata.

They have prepared a white paper on data standards and formats, and are asking for the community's feedback.

"The recent success of paleoclimate data syntheses produced by PAGES groups and others in the community is shining a brighter light on the sore need for common data formats and standards in our community. In the context of the PAGES 2k project, we propose a preliminary data standard for paleoclimate data, general enough to accommodate all the proxy and measurement types encountered in phase two of the PAGES 2k temperature project. We also introduce a vehicle for such structured data (Linked Paleo Data, or LiPD), leveraging recent advances in knowledge representations (Linked Open Data).

The LiPD framework enables quick querying and extraction, and we expect that it will facilitate the writing of open-source, community codes to access, analyze, model and visualize paleoclimate observations. We welcome community feedback on this standard, and encourage paleoclimatologists to experiment with the format for their own purposes.

We present these ideas as a white paper on Authorea, a platform well suited for broad feedback from the community. You can add comments there, or alternatively let us know what you think about these ideas by contacting us via email: Nick (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Julien (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)."

Nick McKay and Julien Emile-Geay