As I surmised, Science has taken a dim view of Kaufman’s failure to provide data that was supposedly “publicly available” and most of the problems have now been dealt with. There are still a couple of issues though.
The three Finnish sediment series and one Canadian series have now been archived:
In respect to the Canadian series, I’d like to specially note that Scott Lamoureux of Queen’s voluntarily sent me the data without being asked, when he learned that it had become an issue. I intended to comment favorably on this at the time; I regret that I didn’t do so right away, but do so now a few weeks later. He also said that he had sent the data to the paleo data bank a number of years ago, thought that it had been archived at one time and was surprised that it was not presently available (which he undertook to correct and has.)
The versions of four ice core series used in the Corrigendum are available in the pdf format increasingly used by paleos to prevent the use of turnkey scripts to access data. At least, they didn’t use the photo format of Esper et al 2009. The original data is here:
An ASCII collation is at CA here:
The D’Arrigo et al 2006 Gulf of Alaska chronology used by Kaufman remains unavailable. In addition, the Renland version as used in the original article remains unavailable – only the version used in the Corrigendum. The Corrigendum removes an adjustment reported in the peer reviewed article cited in Kaufman et al 2009 and it seems to me that Science should require the original version. Also that, if the Kaufman authors wish to alter the Renland series from the version presented in the original article, this should be presented to the referees and properly described in the Amended Supplementary Information.
At the time, I thought that it was pointless for Kaufman to think that Science would regard my data requests as anything other than well within their policies and that it was imprudent of him to force them to open the file. Sciencemag has done exactly what I anticipated. I’m sure that Kaufman is sulking a little about events, but he and other authors would be better off sulking less and archiving more. I sent a note thanking Science for their prompt attention to the above, reminding them that the D’Arrigo version is still unavailable and asking for the original Renland version.
I’ve also taken another crack at trying to get the D’Arrigo data, something that I originally attempted to obtain in 2005 as an IPCC reviewer. I sent a request to Colin O’Dowd, editor of JGR a couple of weeks ago, reminding him of my original 2005 request and reiterating my request for data, referring to very clear AGU policies on the matter. No answer or acknowledgement. Just as in 2005, when the only response to my similar request was IPCC threatening to remove me as a reviewer. This is a completely different attitude than Science, who are amazingly prompt in replying to my emails. I refreshed my request to O’Dowd, this time copying two members of the AGU Publications Committee, one of whom acknowledged the inquiry within minutes.