Data Quality Checking
Annual definitive data from all INTERMAGNET magnetic observatories (IMOs) are carefully prepared and checked for quality and compliance in a three stage process before they are accepted and published:
- The IMOs prepare one calendar year of definitive data to meet INTERMAGNET standards and submit for review by their allocated member of the Data Checking Task Team.
- Data are checked by the Data Checking Task Team member and, once approved, submitted for a final review.
- Data are reviewed by the chair of the INTERMAGNET Definitive Data subcommittee for final approval and publication.
This multi-stage checking procedure does mean there are delays in publishing definitive data sets, but it ensures definitive data are of the highest possible quality. Data with a lower level of quality checking are available in a faster time-frame. Some IMOs provide “reported” quality data in near-real time, all IMOs provide “reported” data within three days and many IMOs supply “adjusted” and “quasi-definitive” data. All these data are available from the INTERMAGNET website and ftp site.
Data Checking Task Team
The detailed work of definitive data review and checking is done by a group of expert volunteers, each responsible for a group of IMOs. The review process includes reviewing the quality of data and baseline adoptions and checking file formats and metadata for compliance with INTERMAGNET standards.
IMO personel, the Data Checking Task Team members and their institutes all benefit through the communications and learning fostered by the checking process. Data users can be confident definitive data from INTERMAGNET magnetic observatories are of high quality.
|Data Checking Task Team Officers||Institute|
|Achim Morschhauser||GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences|
|Anca Isac||Surlari Observatory, Romania|
|Andrew Lewis||Geoscience Australia|
|Benoit Heumez||Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France|
|David Calp||Natural Resources Canada|
|Ellen Clark||British Geological Survey|
|Hiroaki Toh and Seiki Asari||Kyoto University and Kakioka Observatory, Japan|
|Jake Morris and Bill Worthington||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Jan Reda||Institute of Geophysics, Polish Ac. of Science|
|Kusumita Arora||National Geophysical Research Institute, India|
|Sergey Y. Khomutov||Observatory Paratunka, Russia|
|Tero Raita||Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory, Finland|
The list of IMOs and responsible Data Checking Task Team members can change from year to year. Current information is provided to IMOs annually in a call-for-data
INTERMAGNET gratefully acknowledges the work done by the members of the Data Checking Task Team and their institutes.