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https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2022-73
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2022-73
Submitted as: review and perspective paper
01 Apr 2022
Submitted as: review and perspective paper | 01 Apr 2022
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GMD.

25 years IPCC Data Distribution Centre at DKRZ and the Reference Data Archive for CMIP data

Martina Stockhause and Michael Lautenschlager Martina Stockhause and Michael Lautenschlager
  • German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ), Hamburg, 20146, Germany

Abstract. The Data Distribution Centre (DDC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022. DKRZ is the last remaining founding member among the DDC Partners. The continuous developments in data standardization, data management best practices and infrastructure developments are reflected in the DDC’s operations. Examples for such milestones are the NetCDF/CF data standard, the DataCite data DOIs enabling data citation, the data preservation and stewardship standards of the World Data System (WDS), or the IPCC FAIR Guidelines for the current Sixth IPCC Assessment Report (AR6). The FAIR Guidelines significantly changed the role of the DDC Partner DKRZ from an independent partner for long-term data preservation into an active partner involved in IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle. As a result, the DDC has become more exposed and visible, posing a challenge and an opportunity to operationalize IPCC’s FAIR Guidelines and long-term preservation approaches. Combined with a long-term DDC strategy, the DDC can be positioned in the developing FAIR digital object research landscape as well as in the political and societal realm of climate change.

Martina Stockhause and Michael Lautenschlager

Status: open (until 27 May 2022)

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Martina Stockhause and Michael Lautenschlager

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The Data Distribution Centre (DDC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022. DKRZ is the last remaining founding member. The IPCC FAIR Guidelines significantly changed its role from an independent partner for long-term data preservation into an active partner involved in IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle. Further operationalization and a long-term strategy are required for sustainable DDC services.