Building and Harnessing Open Paleodata
Decades ago paleodata gave the impulse for the setup of PANGAEA. The latest issue of the Past Global Changes Magazine showcases the ongoing growth of a rich variety of openly available, globally distributed paleodata. It highlights new scientific, software, funding, and outreach initiatives that harness these open-data resources.
The National Research Data Infrastructure
For our German users: The Joint Science Conference (GWK) has agreed upon implementing and funding a National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) in Germany. NFDI will be organized around larger consortia bringing together science and infrastructure providers.
Google Dataset Search
Google has launched their new Dataset Search. Similar to how Google Scholar works, Dataset Search lets you find datasets wherever they're hosted, whether it's a digital library or a data publisher like PANGAEA. You can find references to most datasets in environmental and social sciences, as well as data from other disciplines including government. PANGAEA has contributed to the evaluation and refinement of this new tool. Check out the example for "marine litter"!
A data recommender system for PANGAEA
We found a new solution to improve the data discovery on the PANGAEA portal. It’s a recommender system, which produces two types of recommendations: Datasets with similar metadata, based on features like title or geographic location, and "Users that were interested in this dataset were also interested in", based on user interactions on the portal. Check out our example!
R tools to work with pangaea
The pangaear package on GitHub offers tools to interact with the PANGAEA Database, including functions for searching for data, fetching datasets by dataset ID, and working with the PANGAEA OAI-PMH service.
FAIR Data Action Plan
The European Commission Expert Group on Turning FAIR Data into reality published an action plan. The Group has a remit to provide recommendations, indicators and input on the financing of activities required to turn FAIR data into reality at an EU, Member State and international level.
SUMMER SCHOOL ON RESEARCH DATA MANAGEMENT
GFBio and de.NBI are organizing a summer school on research data management in Braunschweig/Germany from 5-7 September 2018. The course will address the whole data life cycle. Take a look at the program and register!
International Day for Biological Diversity 2018
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This years event marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels.
New partnership between PANGAEA & DataONE
PANGAEA exposes its metadata collection to the DataONE community. DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.
Scientific data sharing in 2018
A new set of recommendations address the policy and technological changes since the last Commission proposal on access to and preservation of scientific information. They offer guidance on implementing open access policies in line with open science objectives, research data and data management, the creation of a European Open Science Cloud, and text and data-mining. They also highlight the importance of incentives, rewards, skills and metrics appropriate for the new era of networked research.
Research Data Alliance Plenary 2018 in Berlin
The 11th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) will take place from the 21st to the 23rd March 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The ISCU World Data System including PANGAEA is involved in various working groups and sessions.
Geo Sample Numbers in PANGAEA
We are pleased to announce that International Geo Sample Numbers (IGSN) in PANGAEA data are now actionable (clickable, resolvable). See the example resolving to samples hosted at the Bremen Core Repository.
Research Data Networks
The OECD Global Science Forum (GSF) and the World Data System (WDS) partnered on a project to identify principles and policy actions that can enable the establishment and maintenance of effective international data networks that are necessary to support a global open science enterprise.
Sustainable Data Repositories
An OECD Global Science Forum Expert Group published a report on Business Models for Sustainable Data Repositories. The report describes and evaluates the current funding situation of research data repositories.
Data Fitness for Use II
During 2017 PANGAEA has massively extended the use of terminologies to harmonize data. This facilitates data integration and discovery. Read our latest article.
Due to the currently increased number of data submissions, archiving of data and minting of DOI names might be delayed. Please have in mind that all data and metadata are quality checked, harmonized, and processed for machine readability.
On the 23rd of October this year our colleague Dr. Rainer Sieger unexpectedly deceased. For many years Rainer has been working successfully in the field of data management. To him we owe in particular large data collections and products like JGOFS or SOCAT as well as some very useful data management tools. We lost a respected team colleague and friend.
“Do You Expect Me to Just Give Away My Data?”
This EOS blog post promotes the need to publish data and to cross-link data with literature. PANGAEA is given as the reference repository in Europe.
The ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) have launched a new certification organization. The CoreTrustSeal certification is envisioned as the initial level in a global framework for repository certification. Ultimately, it will endeavour to provide core-level certification for other research entities such as data services and software.
On the 27th of April our colleague Mathias Weinrebe unexpectedly deceased. Since several years Mathias has given IT support in the fields of hydroacoustics and terminologies. We lost a respected co-worker and friend. The PANGAEA Team
PANGAEA presents on the re:publica 2017 conference in Berlin to the broad public: How is data gathered, archived for publication, and reused by other scientists? We are looking forward to meeting you on this conference as part of the sub:marine track!
Data Fitness for Use
A new working group has been endorsed by the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the ICSU World Data System (WDS) aiming at certifying and badging usability of individual data sets. The international consortium aligns various efforts in this field including groups from OpenAIRE, GEO, WDS, DANS, and W3C.
RDA Plenary Meeting
The 9th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) will take place from 5th to 7th April 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. PANGAEA is involved in various working groups and sessions.
PANGAEA Curator new director of the World Radiation Monitoring Center
The World Radiation Monitoring Center (WRMC) is the central archive of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN). Being founded in 1992, the BSRN serves high quality solar radiation data for 25 years now. In 2017 PANGAEA Curator Amelie Driemel took over the responsibilities from Gert König-Langlo as new director of the WRMC.
PANGAEA’s new face
After more than 20 years of operation PANGAEA has renewed its face. Although many users were in favour of the minimalistic Google like interface we decided it was time to move to more sophisticated techniques to interact with our users. The new website offers new functionalities such as faceted searches, mobile browser support, and linking your data submissions with your ORCID ID. Try it out!