Curry, Patrick A. and Moosdorf, Nils (2019) An open source web application for distributed geospatial data exploration. Scientific Data, 6 (190014). DOI

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The number of online data repositories is growing and they are becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. Data are scattered among different repositories, or hidden on personal or institutional servers. To access data, users must search extensively and rely on site-specific tools. These hurdles substantially inhibit data findability and accessibility; in particular, those in the long tail of data. We developed an open source web application, Spatial Data Hub, that is a geospatial data index, connected to remote Internet sources. It allows simultaneous display and comparison of disparate datasets on a single map. It aims to promote all data equally and provide the flexibility to connect to any storage system, effectively making long-tail datasets as visible as those in large, established repositories. Its low barrier of entry allows scientists and organizations to easily add data throughout the research process; enhancing transparency, openness and reproducibility. This flexibility and functionality makes Spatial Data Hub a novel platform for researchers to promote their work, develop new hypotheses and create new collaborations.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Biogeochemistry and Geology > Submarine Groundwater Discharge
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 2052-4463
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 13:47
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:58

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