Published Data Library (PDL)

Dataset standards

The objective of data management within a data centre is to ensure that data may be reused with confidence decades after their collection and without the need for any kind of communication with the scientists who collected that data. This objective is of course shared by the PDL.

Consequently the following technical criteria, based on good practice criteria adopted across the NERC Environmental Data Centres, must be met for a dataset to be accepted for publication in the PDL.

Related PDL pages at BODC

Overview     Dataset modification and versioning
Level of service     The PDL catalogue
Dataset selection procedures      

Related BODC pages

Where to find data     Information and inventories
Online delivery      

Related external links

NERC Environmental Data Centres (EDCs)    Dublin Core metadata
SeaDataNet     European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED)
BODC Parameter Usage Vocabulary    Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Directory Interchange Format (DIF)
CF Standard Names    Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) ISO19139 discovery metadata profile
UDUNITS     Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)
SeaDataNet units vocabulary