The PPBio data repository has undergone a makeover to improve the storage and availability of metadata and data generated by PPBio researchers and partners.
We use the Morpho program to create, edit and store the metadata in a sutable format for uploading. Metadata created by researchers using Morpho can be exported and sent to regional data-managers for review and uploading to the repository. The metadata is standardised using EML - Ecological Metadata Language so that it can be used in data analysis and archiving by automated machine processing, "harvesting".
This system brings us many advantages, among which we highlight:
- Better quality in data description: we have more detailed fields to describe each item and many different file types can be uploaded.
- Greater flexibility of permissions on data and metadata: we can store the metadata and data on the server, but choose to whom we wish to make it available.
- More efficient search system. Previously, to find specific metadata, the user had to enter the page of each collection site and look at a list. Now the subject / place / person / species etc. of interest can be typed into the search bar and the result is presented to the user.
- Increased safety: The metadata is shared between different Metacat servers which means there is a backup of each dataset in different physical locations.
- Wider dissemination and integration within the international community: our Metacat server is a DataOne node.