ECDS launching new, navigation-friendly data portal for open access to research data

A new, easier to navigate data portal for open access to research data is now being launched by ECDS. The portal contains Swedish research data from the fields of environment and climate.

“It will now be even easier to find and share research data,” says Kerstin Konitzer, director of ECDS, Environment Climate Data Sweden.

Users can download research data from the ECDS data portal. Users who are already logged in can upload their data through a simple interface where metadata and data are entered.

“Sharing research data is the modern way and increases the benefits of research. Research data that are already gathered become openly available and can be used in more projects, which increases the benefits of the research,” says Kerstin Konitzer.

Positive reactions from users

“We have received positive feedback from users who have had the opportunity of exploring the data portal during the development phase. They have said it is a big improvement, that it is easy to share their own data and search for others' research data,” explains Kerstin Konitzer.

The new ECDS portal is based on the CKAN tool - open source software that is common in similar portals internationally. This choice of software for the portal makes it easier for different services to exchange data.

“We now have a good basis for further development, such as connecting the ECDS portal with other portals to make data available. Several proposals have come in for continued development, and we will now work on improving the portal even more,” says Thierry Barusta, technical project manager at ECDS.

Exploring the new ECDS data portal

Explore the data in the new ECDS portal www.ecds.se. Read more about the ECDS project at www.smhi.se/en/theme/ecds.

ECDS, Environment Climate Data Sweden, consists of an infrastructure with a data portal and a team that supports researchers in openly sharing and making available research data in the environment and climate field. SMHI is the host for ECDS, which is financed by the Swedish Research Council.