Skip to main content


The new RDA web platform is still being rolled out. Existing RDA members PLEASE REACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT using this link: Please report bugs, broken links and provide your feedback using the UserSnap tool on the bottom right corner of each page. Stay updated about the web site milestones at

NetCDF at the 4TU.Centre for Research Data – Completed Report published

  • Creator
  • #110504

    Lisa de Leeuw

    4TU.ResearchData has published the completed version of their report on 4TU.ResearchData and the NetCDF format.  NetCDF is a numeric format used within the climate and atmospheric sciences and oceanography, and comprises over 90% (in terms of both size and DOIs) of the data held in their archive.
    The main conclusions are: 
    ·         that the creators and users of the netCDF data stored in 4TU.ResearchData represent heterogeneous research communities within the Earth sciences.
    ·         creators have different views and attitudes to data archiving and data publishing, and store netCDF datasets with very different spatio-temporal characteristics in the archive.
    ·         any new and current netCDF services continue to be relevant to these communities will require taking this diversity into account.
    ·         A need for training and guidance – particularly on data management aspects related to documentation, metadata standards and conventions – is the common thread uniting these communities. This will provide the way forward for 4TU.ResearchData to build a community of data depositors and users.
    The report, written by Maria Cruz and Egbert Gramsbergen, is available at

Log in to reply.