[BAA Comets] BAA comet observations in COBS
ndj at nickdjames.com
Fri Jul 24 22:00:41 BST 2015
At the European Comet Conference held in early June one of the topics of
discussion was the archiving of comet observations. One of the key
motivations for people when they submit their observations is the
knowledge that the data will be available for use by researchers. This
function used to be performed by the ICQ but that archive now appears to
be effectively defunct. Our conclusion was that the COBS database was
the best option and that this would have a long-term future.
The BAA has a considerable archive of ICQ format observations curated by
Jonathan Shanklin and, through the hard work of Jure Zakrajsek, many of
these have now been imported into COBS. As of today 31488 observations
dating back to 1995 have been imported. Observations of 371 different
comets made by 169 observers are in this first batch.
Around 7000 records contain some form of formatting error but many of
these should be resolved with some work. Also, there will be many older
observations in the BAA archive but these will be more difficult to
handle, particularly if they are not in electronic form.
You can find the COBS database here:
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