Google Scholar highlights EDI data packages as first-order citations in user profiles and in scholarly articles

Data is becoming increasingly citable as first-order objects, including data archived in the EDI repository. One indication is that data package publications are indexed in personal Google Scholar user profiles, along with other scholarly articles, as for example in the profile of Paul Hanson (Research Professor at the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

There is also an increase in the number of cited data packages in scholarly articles. The figure below shows the annual number of EDI data package citations in scholarly articles over the past seven years as derived from Google Scholar.

Annual number of EDI data package citations in scholarly articles

In order for a data publication to be discoverable by search engines, including Google Scholar and Google’s Data Set Search, the data package needs to be “indexed”. A while ago EDI implemented and metadata (often called Search Engine Optimization) to support search engine discovery and indexing of data packages archived in the EDI repository. Sitemaps metadata serves as a table of contents for high-value information found on websites so that search engines may more easily discover relevant web pages to index. For EDI, the sitemaps metadata points to the most recent data package versions, accessible through the EDI Data Portal, and is refreshed hourly.


EDI plans for EML 2.2

A new version of the Ecological Metadata Language (EML 2.2) was released recently with several significant additions. EDI is working with our community to explore the potential benefits of new EML features and how these work best for the data we handle, and to outline their incorporation into EDI systems. Feedback from a webinar indicated that several new EML features were high priority, and we have already adapted our data package views to display new content in a basic manner for project funding sources, taxonomic identifiers and semantic annotations at the dataset- and measurement- level. We also are migrating our harmonization format for community survey data (ecocomDP) to include annotation, and anticipate adapting ecocomDP creation code to include identifiers that we expect to appear in Level 0 (raw) data. We have begun the revision process of our Best Practices for EML Metadata material – anticipating new recommendations for EML 2.2 – by first migrating current versions to a more dynamic system using GitHub pages. Continue reading “EDI plans for EML 2.2”


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You may have read in our October 2019 EDI News that we will be releasing an updated authentication interface on the EDI Data Portal. In conjunction with this release, we have adopted a new Privacy Policy statement that provides you with critical information regarding the data we collect about you and your rights pertaining to that data. As part of this roll-out, we ask that you acknowledge our Privacy Policy by accepting it when prompted during login. This is a “one-time” process* and covers your use of any EDI managed resources, including the EDI data repository, Data Portal, and project website, and on any of our tiered systems (production, staging, or development). If, however, you decline to accept our Privacy Policy, you will not be allowed to operate as an authenticated user on EDI’s resources; you may proceed to access all “public” content as an anonymous user in this state. We believe it is important that transparency exists when it comes to collecting and processing personal data, especially as we provide additional means for self-identification. If you have any comments or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please send them to Thank you.

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