Infrastructure Development

In the spirit of open science, we make our data infrastructure available for use by other computing infrastructure developers.

Repository Development

Metacat

Store and version data and associated metadata using a wide variety of standards. Specialized features guarantee local autonomy and access control, while also affording the possibility of broad-scale replication and information sharing as a Member Node in the DataONE network. Metacat servers are used as the basis of the KNB and DataONE networks, as well as many other repositories, including PISCOGulfWatch AlaskaTaiwan Ecological Research Network, and others.

Metacat UI

An open-source user interface for data repositories, currently used for the KNB respository, Arctic Data Center, DataONE federation, and other repositories.

Metacat Data Registry

A web-based form for uploading datasets to Metacat servers such as the KNB repository. This lightweight mechanism for uploading a dataset allows researchers to quick share data while still being able to return later to provide more detailed metadata using a tool such as Morpho.


Metadata Specifications

Ecological Metadata Language (EML)

A metadata specification for describing tabular (relational) datasets that are common in ecology and the environmental sciences. EML can be used in a modular and extensible manner to document ecological data, including a description of the purpose and contents of a dataset, methods used to collect it, people responsible for the data, and details of how to interpret data tables properly.

OBOE (Extensible Observation Ontology)

A semantic model designed to accurately describe observational data in sufficient detail to enable logic-based machine reasoning to help scientists with common research tasks, such as finding and merging datasets. Click here for the historical site.