Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We are pleased to report that the entire contents of EDINA’s geospatial repository, ShareGeo Open, have been successfully imported into DataShare, the Univerity of Edinburgh's data repository. The collection can be found at Collection: http://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/handle/10283/2345 .


The step was taken to preserve the ShareGeo Open data, after funding for a stand-alone service ended. Not only have we maintained the accessibility of the data but we also successfully redirected all the handle persistent identifiers so that any existing links to the data, including those included in academic journal articles, have been preserved, such as the one in this paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-016-1131-y . Similarly, should the day ever arrive when DataShare was to be closed, we would endeavour to find a suitable repository to which we could migrate our data to ensure its preservation. We were able to copy the content of almost all metadata fields from ShareGeo to DataShare.


The fact both repositories use the Dublin Core metadata standard, and both were running on DSpace, made the task a little easier. The University of Edinburgh supports the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. DataShare’s metadata schema can be found at https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/datashare/Current+metadata+schema setting out what our metadata fields are and which values are permitted in them.


Further details of the transfer are available on the DataShare blog - http://datablog.is.ed.ac.uk/2017/04/18/edinas-sharegeo-open-content-into-datashare/