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A new CESSDA portal for European research data discovery: progress to date

Presenter 1
John Shepherdson
UK Data Archive
Presenter 2
Ornulf Risnes
Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)
Presenter 3
Pascal Heus
Metadata Technology

Work package 12 of the Data without Boundaries Project (, focuses on development of a one-stop discovery portal for social and economic research data held by agencies across Europe. Implementation is a collaborative effort led by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services, the UK Data Archive and Metadata Technology, with assistance from others. The portal offers researchers an easy to use faceted search and browse interface, powered by Solr. Workflow activities (metadata harvesting, quality assurance, storage, versioning, harmonization, indexing and retrieval) are implemented as separate components – accessible via RESTful web services – and orchestrated by an administration component providing a dashboard showing activity health, and an error notification mechanism. Summary information (such as metadata quality, geographic coverage, list of providers, study languages) are visible to all users. The provider portfolio is a value added service that is intended to encourage take up by metadata providers, as it will allow them to see the quality scores for their metadata records, along with information that will help them fix any problems and improve future versions, plus usage statistics. This talk will provide a progress update and a brief demonstration, plus a roadmap for future development within the lifetime of the DwB project.

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