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Data set metadata for leveraged projects now include relevant grant and PI information

Funding agencies and journal publishers are increasingly requiring that researchers deposit data and metadata in a national data repository and provide a DOI prior to submitting their final report or manuscript. Registering data in the GCE Data Catalog meets these requirements because the data and metadata are synchronized to the LTER Data Portal with replication to DataONE, providing both persistent archiving and a suitable DOI.

Consequently, many GCE investigators and students have been inquiring about archiving their data from leveraged or non-GCE projects in our system to obtain the required DOI. However, a major problem with this approach has been proper grant attribution. The metadata that are automatically generated by the GCE Information System were originally designed to describe GCE-funded data, so the GCE project is listed as a "creator", details about relevant GCE NSF grants and lead PIs are described, and general GCE-specific keywords are included by default.

We have now addressed these short-comings by revising the GCE metadata management system to tailor metadata more specifically based on project type. Funding information can now be registered for these leveraged projects, including agency and grant number, abstract, funding dates and PI lists, and included in metadata documents for associated data sets. The GCE project is cited as the metadata provider and publisher, but all other GCE-specific information is omitted. See data set CHM-OTH-1702 as an example.

Requests to archive non-GCE-funded data will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis, with respect to IM staff effort required and relevance to broader GCE goals, but these changes should make this option more practical moving forward.

(Contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)

submitted Feb 08, 2017


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.