The Data Manager and the Chairperson of the AB represented the EPD at
this meeting which, as part of the PAGES programme, brought together members
of many different databases which all, in one way or another, focus on
the general palaeoenvironment theme. The following main points of the meeting
are of relevance to the EPD:
A booklet of guidelines for standardization of databases is being produced
and will soon be available.
Journals are starting to notice that databases should be recognized
in some fashion. Possible ways of doing this include:
A Global Change Master Directory is already available at: gcmd.nasa.gov
- (a) reviews of databases somewhat after the same format as the 'Book
- (b) short articles that describe databases,
- (c) protocols or conventions for citation or acknowledgement of databases
in publications (see section above for the EPD's own suggestion).