Paleomagnetic on-line data archive established



During the recent International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics meeting in Vienna, it was suggested that it would be useful to place paleomagnetically important information at a computer archive site that could be accessed by anyone at any time. Setting up such a site would increase the ease with which paleomagnetists can access on-line databases and computer program source code. The present situation, with some exceptions, is poor, with most researchers working alone, or mailing floppy disks or magnetic tape to colleagues. Using the File Transfer Protocol, a central archive site has been established for paleomagnetic information that can be accessed at any time. Files can be very rapidly downloaded at no charge. The archive is located at FTP site ( at the University of Pittsburgh.