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A minke whale in Skjálfandi Bay, Iceland
A minke whale in Skjálfandi Bay, Iceland ©

23 June 2016

To meet the needs of the UK's underwater noise community, BODC is working to develop an archival and delivery system for high volume acoustic data.

BODC are committed to providing

  1. An data upload area
  2. A secure archive
  3. A bespoke delivery service (with discovery metadata records and a download platform)

Due to the high volume nature of acoustic data, BODC propose using the JASMIN super-computing facility (www.jasmin.ac.uk) to securely archive your data. A fully automated submission procedure will allow easy data and metadata submission. As experts in marine data management, BODC will ensure that submitted data are of an appropriate standard and quality for long-term archival and reuse. Data will then be available for download.

In addition, JASMIN provides an environment for data analysis by allowing users to upload tools for interrogating archived data. Given sufficient support and feedback from the scientific community, it is proposed that BODC will support such a data analysis environment for users.

The closing date for the acoustic data survey was Friday 22nd July 2016.

Thank you to those who completed the survey. We had responses from a wide range of institutions across the UK and are now in the process of collating the results and developing the BODC acoustic data system based on the requirements and advice that the scientific community have expressed.

If you wish to be kept informed with the progress of the BODC acoustic data system, then please email expressing your interest.