1.1.3 MagIC Database Team and Committee Structure
The MagIC Database Team is responsible for the development and maintenance of the MagIC Database and Website. This team exists of the principal investigators, associated researchers, software engineers and undergraduate students.
The Steering Committee is intended to determine the direction to be followed in the development of paleomagnetic and rock magnetic databases, and includes broad international representation from the overall magnetics community as well as people involved in database development in related fields of Earth sciences.
The charge for the Metadata and Method Codes Committee is to engage in continuing broad consultation with the magnetics community on the kinds of information that need to be preserved in magnetic databases, and develop an appropriate metadata template for use in paleomagnetic and rock magnetic databases. In particular, it will be necessary to develop metadata structures that can be effectively exploited for existing lines of research while preserving the flexibility for accessing information required to develop new research ideas. The results of such consultation should then be incorporated into a metadata structure, which will be reviewed by the Steering Committee and presented to researchers in the international community for comment prior to finalizing the database structure. This committee will also be in charge of adding and editing the required method codes and controlled vocabularies.
The charge for the MagIC Editors is to oversee the review process of all data submissions into the MagIC Database. They will assign each data contribution to any of the potential reviewers that also may include members outside of this committee.
The charge for the Geological Timescale Committee is to work towards a nominal timescale to be used in the MagIC Database and will enhance its search capabilities and helps in the interpretation and compilation of disparate data sets.
The charge for the Paleolocations Committee is to work towards a nominal plate motion model through geological time to be used in the MagIC Database and will enhance its search capabilities and helps in the interpretation and compilation of disparate data sets.