Head, Research Commons
University of British Columbia
With the increasing demand for geographic components in research, there is an opportunity for research data repositories to provide alternatives to text-based discovery. Meet Geodisy: a new, open-source, spatial discovery platform for Canadian open research data. Initially funded by CANARIE and now in partnership with Portage, Geodisy provides a map-based search that is available alongside Canada’s Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). Data is discoverable based on its location, and users have the ability to preview datasets as overlays on a digital map and access standardized metadata. Data is currently sourced from Scholars Portal Dataverse, which houses open research data from over forty Canadian institutions. The project’s next goal is to expand the interoperability of the tool to include additional data sources, including Canadian governmental open research data. For any research that relates to geospatial location, this work provides a new and useful form of data discovery. In this presentation, we will share software architecture, metadata processes, and a demonstration of the platform.