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Data, software and supporting paradata relating to Earth's magnetic field and Earth-Sun environment, including current declination, geomagnetic field surveys and observations, field models and magnetic indices, and data from geomagnetic observatories.

Group: Research Outputs

Trend: New Entry

Unanimous Decision

Added to List: 2017

Last update: 2017

Previous category: Of Concern

Imminence of Action

Action is recommended within three years, detailed assessment within one year.

Significance of Loss

The loss of tools, data or services within this group would impact on people and sectors around the world.

Effort to Preserve

It would require a major effort to preserve materials in this group, including the development of new tools or techniques.


Outputs from geomagnetic scanning and measurement sensors both terrestrial and satellite-based, as well as supporting calibration and reference data and software to enable assembly and rectification to co-ordinate systems

‘Endangered’ in the Presence of Aggravating Conditions

Bespoke or undocumented software; undocumented data cleaning; disassociation with documenting, especially instrument calibration data; Lack of conformance or validation against standards; lack of preservation commitment or planning; no identified repository or lack of capability in repository; lack of storage replication; political or commercial interference; loss of version control; poorly managed intellectual property rights; poor metadata; loss of authenticity.

Lower Risk in the Presence of Good Practice

backup and documentation; use of open formats and open source software; data management planning before fieldwork; licencing that enables preservation; preservation capability in designated repository; resilient to hacking; selection and appraisal criteria; version control; authenticity; resilient funding and recognition of value; technology watch.

2019 Review

This entry was introduced in 2017 but was outside the competence of the judges to assess at that time.  It was scheduled to be assessed in 2019 and additional expertise was invited to the panel to support this assessment: but it was also independently introduced through the open nomination process again in 2019. It is presented as an example of research data, though noting the competences of agencies involved in preserving geo-magnetic data and software it has been classified accordingly.

Additional Jury Comments

Institutions that collect and manage geomagnetic data should strongly consider an assessment against the Core Trust Seal which now incorporates many of the characteristics previously measured by the World Data System.  Researchers intending to create data should examine data management planning tools; and researcher intending to deposit data should assess whether their chosen repository meets the Core Trust Seal Requirements.

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