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SPRI Review 2006: World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

Rick Frolich continued to work as joint WDC manager and Ice and Snow Bibliographer of the Scott Polar Research Institute Library, sharing website responsibilities with SPRI Webmaster Martin Lucas-Smith. Fully abstracted and indexed records for 43 monographs and 550 articles were added during the year to the in-house database SPRILIB, which now contains over 176,000 entries. Several bibliographies were also produced for individual researchers.

In terms of online resources, 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 http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/resources/sprilib/icesnow/. SPRILIB ICE AND SNOW now holds nearly 50,000 entries and receives around 17,000 requests annually. This and the other two bibliographic databases comprising SPRILIB Online have been updated on three occasions and the user interface upgraded. The WDC website receives new material as resources permit. The site received hits from over 100 countries in 2006. The Directory of European Glaciology - http://wdcgc.spri.cam.ac.uk/directory/ - has been maintained and has received many thousands of hits from over 60 countries in the past year.

WDCGC and the SPRI Library have produced a draft new edition of the Universal Decimal Classification Schedule for Polar Libraries (a substantial part of which covers glaciology) and sent this to several institutions for consultation. The WDC has also contributed to the setting up of a bibliographic database devoted to the International Polar Year 2007-08, on a platform provided by NISC at http://www.nisc.com/ipy.

Institutional affiliations of scientists and students making use of WDCGC resources this year included the Universities of Peshawar, Bergen and Cambridge, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Australia National University, British Antarctic Survey, the USA's National Snow and Ice Data Center and various schools and educational trusts. Media requests and those from the general public have covered, for example, material for special needs education, statistics for glaciers in the European Alps, and glacial karst in Antarctica.

Rick Frolich