Understanding Climate Data Through Commentary Metadata: The CHARMe Project

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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 416)


We describe the CHARMe project, which aims to link climate datasets with publications, user feedback and other items of “commentary metadata”. The system will help users learn from previous community experience and select datasets that best suit their needs, as well as providing direct traceability between conclusions and the data that supported them. The project applies the principles of Linked Data and adopts the Open Annotation standard to record and publish commentary information. CHARMe contributes to the emerging landscape of “climate services”, which will provide climate data and information to influence policy and decision-making. Although the project focuses on climate science, the technologies and concepts are very general and could be applied to other fields.


Climate data Climate services Open annotation Linked data Semantic web Metadata 



This research has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under grant agreement number 312641. The authors are very grateful to all the other members of the CHARMe consortium (, and the project’s advisory board, for all input and discussions. We thank two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.STFC Centre for Environmental Data ArchivalRutherford Appleton LaboratoryDidcotUK
  3. 3.National Centre for Earth ObservationReadingUK
  4. 4.National Centre for Atmospheric ScienceReadingUK

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