Comment to DOI:10.1029/EO076i007p00065-02
[Comment on ’”Debate over free exchange of data roils geohysical world” by Julie Wakefield”] Geophysics data: Neither free nor cheap in today's political, economic climate
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 76, Issue 25, page 252, 20 June 1995
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1995), [Comment on ’”Debate over free exchange of data roils geohysical world” by Julie Wakefield”] Geophysics data: Neither free nor cheap in today's political, economic climate, Eos Trans. AGU, 76(25), 252–252, doi:10.1029/95EO00149.(
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A Feb. 14, 1995, Eos article, “Debate Over Free Exchange of Data Roils Geophysical World,” discussed a controversial proposal to develop a three-tiered system for meteorological data exchange. In response to the call for related Forum pieces, I offer the following comments.
Environmental data does not come cheap. The real costs of environmental data are frequently “buried” in the budgets of the multipurpose infrastructures that gather the information. Costs include instrumentation and calibration, siting and access, technical support, and data processing. Many producers and consumers probably do not know the actual “cost per information unit.” Smart systems, with communications links, are reducing acquisition costs; but the trend is countered by increasingly sophisticated and costly sensor technology and acquisition schemes.