from: Phil Jones <p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Fwd: problem with one of your people not sharing data
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>Dear Dr. Purdy:
>I am writing to you as the "last course of appeal" - otherwise I
>wouldn't bother you from more important work.
>For years I and many fellow investigators have been trying to get
>Gordon Jacoby to share his data on a valuable long tree ring record
>he has produced from Mongolia.
>the efforts have almost always failed - the only exception I know of
>is when he let Ed Cook use the data - big deal!
>after appealing to NSF Gordon did release some of the data to the
>NOAA data repository but he did not release the synthesized index
>that is useful for including in other time series - only the raw data from
>the individual time series
>yes one could look at the raw data and compile it oneself but don't
>you think it is best to have what the original investigator thinks
>is the best long term (back to about 900 AD*) reconstruction?
>I compile ice core records to develop a unified record of volcanism
>for the last 2000 years - if an investigator want a copy of my
>reconstruction I send the final version to them, the one that involved
>several years work, not the individual cores - the analogy should be
>the same with Gordon.
>as a receiver of tons of federal money Lamont is obligated to share
>such data, and I KNOW they do so virtually all the time. sadly this
>is an exception and if I cannot get you to get him to release
>the synthesized data, then no one will ever have it - it will be a
>repeat of the Gerard Bond case where he refused to have his data
>released EVEN AFTER HE DIED (equivalent to giving everyone
>the finger from your coffin!)
>please please - you are really the last hope for us.
>University of Edinburgh
>* I specifically list 900 AD because, knowing Gordon, if he were
>asked by you, he would probably only give it back to 1500 AD unless
>someone was twisting his arm to give up the whole time series
>The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
>Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk