Data Documentation

 

Data Documentation

For all new data streams, measurements, value-added products (VAPs), Quality Measurement Experiments (QMEs), and data reprocessing, several steps are required before approval as an addition to the ARM baseline:

  • A programmatic statement supporting the priority of adding or revising the ARM data product.
  • An assessment of applicability across ARM, either site-specific or ARM-wide.
  • An assessment of computing infrastructure impact (e.g., big files or lots of files etc).
  • A new or revised DOD.
  • A full description of the instrument (or system), VAP technique, QME technique, or other method that results in the origination of or changes an existing data product (i.e., file content or name).
  • A valid ARM file name (description in the following section).
  • A datastream description.
  • A clear definition of new or revised “scientifically relevant” measurement names for inclusion in the relevant Archive Manager databases.
  • Information required to complete the expectations database.
  • An algorithm to allow individual data points to be assessed for quality and appropriately flagged or identified, and the “data color” algorithm.
  • A quick-look algorithm.
  • A Baseline Change Request (BCR).