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SPRI Review 2009: World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge (WDCGC)

World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge (WDCGC)

The WDCGC manager acquires and catalogues glaciological material for the Scott Polar Research Institute Library, supplies material to the WDCGC website and maintains 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 a wide range of material of glaciological interest were added during 2009 to our in-house database, SPRILIB. Three issues of Polar and Glaciological Abstracts were also produced in 2009 and edited by the WDCGC Manager. 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, which is available at 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 With over 52,000 entries, this resource receives around 18,000 requests annually. The WDCGC site received hits from over 100 countries in 2009. The Directory of European Glaciology,, has been maintained and continues to be well used, receiving many thousands of hits from over 50 countries in the past year.

Rick Frolich and Heather Lane