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SPRI Review 2005: World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

Rick Frolich continued as WDC manager and Ice and Snow Bibliographer of the Scott Polar Research Institute Library. In collaboration with the SPRI Librarian, work has continued to upgrade the in-house database software, with the immediate aims of improving the quality of information held in the database and the productivity of those contributing to or interrogating it, and the strategic aim of meeting the standards required for migration to a more modern bibliographic system when resources permit.

Acquisition and cataloguing continued during 2005. Fully abstracted and indexed records for 64 monographs and 570 articles acquired were added to the in-house database SPRILIB, which now contains over 172,000 entries. Records were contributed to three issues of Polar and Glaciological Abstracts (published by Cambridge University Press) and to two updates of the NISC Arctic and Antarctic Regions CD-ROM. Relevant SPRILIB records continue to be made available freely (approximately eight months after appearing in Polar and Glaciological Abstracts) via the online database ICE AND SNOW, available at www.spri.cam.ac.uk/resources/sprilib/icesnow/. SPRILIB ICE AND SNOW now holds nearly 49,000 entries and receives around 18,000 requests annually.

The WDCGC website has been redesigned by Martin Lucas-Smith and Rick Frolich and new material is being added as resources permit. The site received hits from over 100 countries in 2005. The Directory of European Glaciology - http://wdcgc.spri.cam.ac.uk/directory/ - has been maintained and continues to be well used, receiving many thousands of hits from over 60 countries in the past year.

Institutional affiliations of scientists and students making use of WDCGC resources this year included the Universities of Belfast, Bristol, Innsbruck, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), and Cambridge, the Australia National University, British Antarctic Survey, and the USA's National Snow and Ice Data Center, various schools and educational trusts, and the Scholarly Societies Project. Requests from the wider public have covered such subjects as glacial speleology, the history of glaciology, icebergs as sources of fresh water, and the distribution of ice in the world.

Rick Frolich