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Announcing DataONE Search: A New Way to Discover Data

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Announcing DataONE Search: A New Way to Discover Data

DataONE is pleased to announce the release of DataONE Search, a web based application allowing users to seamlessly and efficiently discover the 168 thousand publicly accessible data packages* within the DataONE federated network of Member Nodes.

DataONE Search allows users to search by keyword and refine by filters including: data attribute, Member Node, creator, year, identifier, taxa, location and whether a complete data package including both metadata and data are available for download. The geographic search interface in DataONE Search provides a convenient overview of the spatial distribution of data sets and allows users to zoom and pan to specific locations of interest.

Summaries of the number of data and metadata files, file formats and collection time periods are also made available through the new DataONE Search site. Such summaries provide a convenient overview of the range of data accessible through the DataONE federation from a number of different perspectives.

DataONE Search is now the default software for search and discovery of data and metadata within DataONE. The software has been designed to facilitate rapid iteration and deployment of new features and to take full advantage of future capabilities offered by upcoming versions of the core cyberinfrastructure. Notable among these is the upcoming provenance trace within search and discovery (see https://www.dataone.org/webinars/provenance-and-dataone-facilitating-rep... for more information). ONEMercury will remain available to users via the direct URL https://cn.dataone.org/onemercury/.

To view demos on how to use DataONE Search, view our screencast tutorials at: https://www.dataone.org/screencast-tutorials.

*This number excludes obsoleted records within the network that are publicly readable

About DataONE:
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.

About MetacatUI:
DataONE Search is a customized implementation of the open source MetacatUI search application (https://github.com/NCEAS/metacatui), developed at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and usable by any DataONE Member Node that supports the DataONE query API. MetacatUI is a client-side web interface for querying Metacat servers and other servers that implement the DataONE REST API. Currently, it is used as the search interface for DataONE (https://search.dataone.org), The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org/#data), the Gulf of Alaska Data Portal (http://goa.nceas.ucsb.edu/#data), GLEON (https://poseidon.limnology.wisc.edu/metacatui/), and the Montana IoE Data Repository (http://montanaioe.org/).