Published Data Library (PDL)
Dataset selection procedures
The PDL operational prototype has obvious limits to the size and number of datasets that it can handle. Procedures therefore need to be put in place to decide which datasets should be included. The PDL is designed for base datasets suitable for future re-use in other applications, rather than data reworked specifically for a single research publication (sometimes termed 'data behind the graph').
PDL datasets will be of two types
- Datasets that have been ingested into the BODC system and subsequently exported. Candidate datasets of this type will be identified through negotiation between the scientists who supplied the data and the BODC data scientists responsible for their ingestion in consultation with BODC management. The technical quality of these datasets is BODC's responsibility.
- Datasets that have not yet been ingested into the BODC system but are destined for future ingestion. Again candidate datasets will be identified through negotiation between data originators and the BODC data scientists responsible for the data. The technical quality of these datasets (including metadata) to a standard deemed acceptable by BODC is the responsibility of the data originator. BODC will also judge the acceptability of candidate datasets in terms of their completeness, but not in terms of their scientific quality or value.
There is obviously a risk that a limited service of this type could be swamped by demand and potential contributors to the PDL should be prepared for possible disappointment, particularly for large volume datasets or if deadlines are short.
Suppliers to the BODC PDL should be aware that it lies outside the BODC access control system and datasets are therefore publicly accessible with no usage monitoring beyond landing page access statistics.
Related PDL pages at BODC
|Implementation of the PDL||Dataset modification and versioning|
|Level of service||The PDL catalogue|
Related BODC pages
|Where to find data||Online request|
|Online delivery||Information and inventories|