BODC CDROM products

A sample of the range of marine data products that contain the BODC Explorer software package
A sample of the range of marine data products that contain the BODC Explorer software package ©

BODC has an international reputation for managing data for large-scale scientific projects covering many disciplines and involving a wide range of data types.

For a ten year period between 1992 and 2002, we released the comprehensive and fully documented final version of a project's data on a variety of CDROM data products.

BODC Explorer software package health warning

Many of these CDROMs contain the BODC Explorer software package whose programs allow the data stored on the CDROM to be selected and presented in different ways. The data can be saved, printed and exported to other applications. The BODC Explorer software package cannot be readily installed, as the installation software is 16-bit, under a 64-bit version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Users attempting installation in this context do so at their own risk.

How do I find out about my Windows operating system?

Microsoft Windows XP operating systems or later can be configured with a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles larger amounts of random access memory (RAM) than a 32-bit system.

To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following

  • Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button
  • Right-click on 'Computer'
  • Click 'Properties'
  • Under System, you can view the system type

If your computer is running Windows XP, do the following

  • Click Start
  • Right-click 'My Computer', and then click 'Properties'
  • If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, then you're running the 32-bit version of Windows XP
  • If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP

How can I access data without the Explorer software package?

Access to the data stored on the CDROM is still achievable without the Explorer software. Files are also stored as flat ASCII or CSV files, or via a Microsoft Access Database. For the latter you may need to upgrade/convert to a subsequent version of Microsoft Access and save on local disk to gain access.

Please refer to the CDROM documentation for more information regarding the location of the data files and databases on each product.

Related BODC pages

BODC data products      Collaborative data products
BODC software products   External data products
BODC Web Services   Project data management at BODC