4TU.ResearchData publishes NetCDF report

4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

Today, 4TU.ResearchData has published the completed version of its report on the use of the NetCDF format.  NetCDF is a numeric format used within the climate and atmospheric sciences and oceanography, and comprises over 90% (in terms of both size and DOIs) of the data held in 4TU.RD's archive.

Main conclusions are: 
· That the creators and users of the netCDF data stored in 4TU.ResearchData represent heterogeneous research communities within the Earth sciences.
· Creators have different views and attitudes to data archiving and data publishing, and store netCDF datasets with very different spatio-temporal characteristics in the archive.
· Any new and current netCDF services continue to be relevant to these communities will require taking this diversity into account.
· A need for training and guidance – particularly on data management aspects related to documentation, metadata standards and conventions – is the common thread uniting these communities. This will provide the way forward for 4TU.ResearchData to build a community of data depositors and users.

The report, written by Egbert Gramsbergen and Maria Cruz, is available on Zenodo at https://zenodo.org/record/1465950 
4TU.ResearchData offers data archiving for researchers from the 4TU federation and beyond. To upload data, please visit https://researchdata.4tu.nl/en/publishing-research/uploading-data/

4TU.ResearchData publishes NetCDF report

Today, 4TU.ResearchData has published the completed version of its report on the use of the NetCDF format.  NetCDF is a numeric format used within the climate and atmospheric sciences and oceanography, and comprises over 90% (in terms of both size and DOIs) of the data held in 4TU.RD's archive.

Main conclusions are: 
· That the creators and users of the netCDF data stored in 4TU.ResearchData represent heterogeneous research communities within the Earth sciences.
· Creators have different views and attitudes to data archiving and data publishing, and store netCDF datasets with very different spatio-temporal characteristics in the archive.
· Any new and current netCDF services continue to be relevant to these communities will require taking this diversity into account.
· A need for training and guidance – particularly on data management aspects related to documentation, metadata standards and conventions – is the common thread uniting these communities. This will provide the way forward for 4TU.ResearchData to build a community of data depositors and users.

The report, written by Egbert Gramsbergen and Maria Cruz, is available on Zenodo at https://zenodo.org/record/1465950 
4TU.ResearchData offers data archiving for researchers from the 4TU federation and beyond. To upload data, please visit https://researchdata.4tu.nl/en/publishing-research/uploading-data/