Data Catalog


A data catalog is an aggregation of metadata and corresponding links to data. The catalogs are used to bring together related data that may be hosted in different repositories to make it easier for researchers to find data. Current catalogs range from aggregating research data from an institution to from an entire field.

Further Resources

Ball A, Ashley K, McCann P, Molloy L, & Van den Eynden V. (2014). Show Me The Data: The Pilot UK Research Data Registry(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 9(1).
Lamb I, Larson C. (2016). Shining a Light on Scientific Data: Building a Data Catalog to Foster Data Sharing and Reuse(link is external). Code4Lib Journal, 32.
Lynch C. (2014). The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE(link is external). Information Standards Quarterly, 26(2), 29–31.

Mandell R. (2013). Making Data Available: The UCLA Data Registry(link is external). Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 39(5), 52–53.

Ohno-machado L, Alter G, Fore I, Martone M, Sansone S-A, & Xu H. (2015). bioCADDIE White Paper(link is external).

Rumsey S, Jefferies N. (2013). DataFinder: A Research Data Catalogue for Oxford(link is external). Ariadne, (71).

Rumsey S, Jefferies N. (2013). Challenges in Building an Institutional Research Data Catalogue(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(2), 205–214.

Wright SJ, Kozlowski WA, Dietrich D, Khan HJ, Steinhart GS, & McIntosh L. (2013). Using Data Curation Profiles to Design the Datastar Dataset Registry(link is external). D-Lib Magazine, 19(7/8).

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