Data Defined

Data exists in a myriad of formats, such as text, numerical, multimedia, models, software, and can be discipline-specific and instrument-specific.

When we talk about data we are referring to:

    • Observational
      Data captured in real-time, usually irreplaceable.
      Examples: Sensor data, telemetry, survey data, sample data, neuroimages.
    • Experimental
      Data from lab equipment, often reproducible, but can be expensive.
      Examples: gene sequences, chromatograms, toroid magnetic field data.
    • Simulation
      Data generated from test models where model and metadata (inputs) are more important than output data.
      Examples: climate models, economic models.
    • Derived or compiled
      Data that is reproducible (but very expensive).
      Examples: text and data mining, compiled database, 3D models, data gathered from public documents.

The CPDN can help Arctic and Antarctic researchers manage the data that they produce. This site describes resources available for managing data throughout their lifecycle.

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