Elsevier and IEDA announce winner of 2013 data rescue competition

Elsevier and IEDA announce winner of 2013 data rescue competition

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US: Elsevier a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications), National Science Foundation (NSF) funded data facility in the geosciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, announced the winner of the 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences at the American Geophysical Union meeting. The award – a stone trophy and $5,000 – was awarded to the NIMBUS Data Rescue Project, developed by the Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

The International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences has been established in 2013 by Elsevier and IEDA with the aim to improve preservation and access of data in the earth sciences discipline. This year's winner, The NIMBUS Data Rescue Project, managed the recovery, reprocessing and digitization of the infrared and visible observations of the Nimbus I, II and III satellites which were collected from 1964 to 1970, along with their navigation and formatting. Over 4,000 7-track tapes of global infrared satellite data were read and reprocessed. Nearly 200,000 visible light images were scanned, rectified and navigated. All the resultant data was converted to HDF-5 (NetCDF) format and freely distributed to users from NASA and NSIDC servers. This data was then used to calculate monthly sea ice extents for both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Source: PR newswire