Facilitating and Improving Environmental Research Data Repository Interoperability

Colin Smith
2021 Zenodo  
A Presentation delivered at the Fall AGU 2018 Meeting Abstract: Data repositories provide much needed services for data preservation and dissemination to diverse communities with domain specific or programmatic needs and standards. The effectiveness and efficiency of these services can vastly improve if repositories work together on the implementation of agreed upon standards and best practices. Such a community platform drives forward the convergence of technologies and practices that will
more » ... nce cross-domain interoperability. We offer ten specific suggestions for standardization that align with (and reinforce) the criteria already put forth by certification bodies, journals, and the principles of the "Enabling FAIR Data" project. The suggestions are loosely categorized into technical interoperability and the repository's reinforcement of the curation effort in its community. They cover a wide swath of recommendations: common identifiers and vocabularies mean that repositories will be able to enhance discoverability; common authentication, API design and data packaging schemes allow adoption of linked data techniques and distributed software development; and a common pattern of community engagement allows separation of data curation from storage and delivery, which will improve efficiency, while simultaneously endorsing and building the expertise of domain data curators.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5650049 fatcat:5tcpvunfqjg2xego22wk7tlzxm