In October 2011, the BEST and the BSIERP data archives were merged into the new Bering Sea Project Data Archive at http://beringsea.eol.ucar.edu/.
Data and metadata in the combined database can now be accessed through a single search tool and listed in tables by cruise or subject category, as well as by either BEST or BSIERP project affiliation, or both. Choosing BEST and BSIERP, but not limiting selection by either cruise or subject, will list all data sets in the Bering Sea Project Data Archive. The data tables have been organized alphabetically by lead PI's last name. The project, date of creation or last update, and a link to the dataset documentation are included in the table. You can click the data set titles to view a description of the data set description and order the data.
For finding and ordering both BEST and BSIERP data, the place to start is the Bering Sea Project Data Archive at http://beringsea.eol.ucar.edu/
Contact the data manager, Don Stott at NCAR/EOL [stott (at) ucar (dot) edu], with questions or for more information.
The BEST data archive has been maintained since the origin of the project by the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory. The BSIERP data archive was initially set up, developed, and maintained (2007-2010) by a UAF team led by Ken Coyle (team members included Steve Sweet, Rob Cermak, Janene McMahan, Mark Johnson, and others). In 2010-2011, the BSIERP data archive was in transition phase and was maintained by the team at Axiom Consulting and Design in Anchorage, AK.
Given that the Bering Sea Project is intended to bring BEST and BSIERP program scientists together in pursuit of combined synthesis goals, project managers and the Science Advisory Board decided that a centralized data archive would benefit the Bering Sea Project.
Therefore in May 2011 a new agreement to manage the BSIERP data archive was finalized with the same group that maintains BEST program data-- the team at NCAR EOL (Don Stott, Steve Williams, Jim Moore, and others). And in October 2011, a unified BEST and BSIERP "Bering Sea Project Data Archive" was rolled out, providing one-stop access to all Bering Sea Project data.
Although we have developed a unified data archive, Principal Investigators funded by NSF (BEST) and/or NPRB (BSIERP) still need to adhere to the specific data management protocols required by their funding organization.