Primary Data at MPI-M

The Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M)  requires institute members serving as the lead (corresponding) author of a publication to archive and provide access to primary data used in a study.  For these purposes the institute cooperates with the German Climate Computing Center DKRZ to provide a data management system following the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles in compliance with German laws, as well as the standards of good scientific practice as outlined by the institute.

Primary data is that which is collected in the field, in the form of notes or, more typically, measurements. For numerical investigations the primary data is the source code (or adequate descriptions there of) of the model and analysis scripts that were used in a study, as well as model input and/or configuration specifications (e.g., namelist files). The corresponding author of a manuscript is responsible for preparing an archive for the primary data on which the manuscript is based. The institute assumes responsibility for access to this archive for a period of at least ten years subsequent to the publication of the manuscript. More information about the treatment of primary data at MPI-M can be found in this internal document.

Publication specific data archives, which often also contain useful secondary data, are maintained through the PuRe system of the Max-Planck-Society.  References to specific model versions provide a unique identifier for accessing archived code on the model repository.  The institute also maintains the primary archive for the observational data it collects from the Barbados Observatory, from „Surface Ocean pCO2 Mapping intercomparison" and for field studies. These repositories often serve in lieu of publication specific archives.

For further information about primary data related to specific publications, please contact the institute information manager.