The Scientific Computing System (SCS) Data Assembly Center (DAC) was established in 2014 by the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) to evaluate the quality of full-resolution (sampling on the order of once per second) data collected by SCS onboard NOAA-operated research vessels. The SCS data are nominally transferred from the vessel to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) soon after the completion of each cruise and are complimented with detailed cruise metadata from OMAO. The authors will describe tools developed by the SCS DAC to monitor the timeliness of SCS data delivery to NCEI and the completeness of the SCS packages received by NCEI (ensuring the package contains data for all enabled sensors on a given cruise). Feedback to OMAO and NCEI regarding the timeliness and data completeness will be outlined along with challenges encountered by the DAC as it works to develop automated quality assessment of the SCS data packages.
Data collected by SCS on NOAA vessels represent a significant investment by the American taxpayer. The mission of the SCS DAC is to ensure that archived SCS data at NCEI are a complete record of the observations made on NOAA research cruises. Archival of complete SCS datasets at NCEI ensures these data are preserved for future generations of scientists, policy makers, and the public.