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SPRI Review 2008: World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge

The WDCGC manager is responsible for acquiring and cataloguing glaciological material for the Scott Polar Research Institute Library, supply of material to the WDCGC website and maintenance of the online Directory of European Glaciology. WDCGC also responds to requests for glaciological information from academic and media researchers and the general public, either directly or by referral.

Fully abstracted and indexed records for 49 monographs and 570 articles of glaciological interest acquired were added during 2008 to the in-house database SPRILIB, which now contains over 184,000 records. Three issues of Polar and Glaciological Abstracts, now a SPRI in-house publication, were produced in 2008. WDCGC is responsible for compilation, editing and production, with other responsibilities shared with SPRI Library staff.

Updates were supplied to the quarterly CD-ROM and online database Arctic and Antarctic Regions (published by National Information Services Corporation). WDCGC also manages the SPRI contribution to a new NISC database dedicated to the International Polar Year 2007-08 available at www.nisc.com/ipy. Relevant SPRILIB records continue to be made available freely (approximately eight months after appearing in Polar and Glaciological Abstracts) via the online database SPRILIB ICE AND SNOW, available at www.spri.cam.ac.uk/resources/sprilib/icesnow/. With over 52,000 entries, this resource receives around 18,000 requests annually. Several improvements to the SPRILIB Online interfaces have been made during 2008.

The WDCGC website receives new material as resources permit. The site received hits from over 100 countries in 2008. 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 50 countries in the past year.

Rick Frolich