Transcribing Historical Canadian Weather Data: the Smithsonian Records (5000053976)


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Country : Canada
Summary : Transcribing Historical Canadian Weather Data: the Smithsonian Records (5000053976)
CAT Ref No : 49227771
Tender Notice No : 5000053976
Competition :ICB
Financier :Self Financed
Purchaser :ENVIRONMENT CANADA
Contact name :Davis, Shawn
Email :shawn.davis@canada.ca
Tender Details :Tender are invited for TitleTranscribing Historical Canadian Weather Data: the Smithsonian RecordsBackgroundECCC-s Climate Research Division is conducting an ongoing innovative project to organize, structure and transcribe Canadian historical meteorological observations from imaged archival records. This is a necessary and preparatory step toward the creation of a traceable and transparent numerical historical database for climatic analysis, including for establishing a baseline from which to assess how the climate has changed. This project builds upon earlier work that started with the development of an inventory of the first North American volunteer weather observations based on records coordinated by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, USA. Over five thousand documents were discovered. The tasks of analyzing each of the documents for data structure and keying in over eleven million observations are immense and manually intensive. A subsequent more detailed survey identified approximately 2250 image files with recoverable data from 12 priority stations in Canada over the period 1839 to 1885, based on the recommended priority stations. This amounts to an estimated 645,000 observations. Also, based on this survey, nine printed weather register formats were identified, with between 2 and 23 meteorological variables recorded per register type. A number of registers did not conform to standard types and were recorded according to the individual style of the weather ob...
Deadline :20th Jan 2021
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