Updating metadata for data packages in the EDI Data Portal to provide rich semantic information that can be utilized by search engines and Google Scholar

The EDI technical team is now updating the metadata that accompanies every data package landing page on the EDI Data Portal with new recommendations from the ESIP SOSO project ( EDI initially released metadata for each data package in Fall 2018. The dataset metadata is encoded as a JSON-LD data structure that is embedded within script tags on the data package metadata landing page. Along with the metadata that acts as an SEO content table of index, the metadata provides rich semantic information about the data package that can be utilized by search engines (e.g., Google, Microsoft, Yandex, and even domain specific tools like EarthCube’s Gleaner and DataONE indexers) and associated applications. For example, data packages that are archived in the EDI data repository are discoverable through Google’s Dataset Search interface ( because of the detailed information provided to Google’s search engine indexer via the metadata:

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Rendering of Markdown and LaTex equations in EML

The EDI Data Portal now supports the provisional rendering of Markdown and LaTex equations in most TextType elements of the Ecological Metadata Language (e.g., “abstract”, “intellectualRights”, and the method step “description”). EDI recently updated these two features on the Data Portal’s Data Package Metadata web page through the use of “showdown.js” ( for Markdown and “MathJax.js” ( for LaTex formatted math equations. Markdown provides a convenient way to add structural highlights to text elements, including the use of different heading styles, bold and italicized text, bulleted and numbered lists, and much more. Continue reading “Rendering of Markdown and LaTex equations in EML”


EDI supports temporary data embargoes upon request

You may not know that the Environmental Data Initiative provides an embargo service to temporarily block access to data tables (and other types of data) in your EDI uploaded data packages, but it does. We provide this service to satisfy requirements of many journals who request that data accompanying a manuscript be archived in a recognized data repository and assigned a valid Digital Object Identifier (DOI) before the manuscript is reviewed. It is often the case that the journal or manuscript author prefers that the data be off limits to the general public until the manuscript is fully published. For this reason, EDI will apply a temporary embargo on the data elements of your data package (metadata, however, are not permitted to be embargoed) at your request – all you have to do is ask through our support email address or directly on our Slack channel. We will remove the embargo once you let us know that the manuscript has been published. The best part is that the DOI remains the same before and after the embargo. Because EDI is a strong proponent of publicly accessible data, we will periodically reach out to owners of embargoed data to confirm the continued need of the embargo. Lastly, please let us know if and how we can improve this service.

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Journal citations associated with EDI data packages

The EDI technical team recently modified the view of user contributed journal citations associated with a specific version of a data package so that the citation is now displayed on all versions of the data package, not just the version for which the citation is relevant. This enhancement allows users who browse the data package metadata landing page to see all citations related to data package series regardless of what version of the data package they are viewing. User contributed journal citations provide an easy way for the author of a data paper (or others) to increase the impact factor of the data package by directly linking the published manuscript to the supporting data package found in the EDI data repository. In fact, older manuscripts that utilize an EDI data package may be added to the list of journal citations even if the data package DOI was not available at the time of publication. We are currently exploring options for updating the DataCite DOI metadata of the data package with these citations so that downstream services may take advantage of this crowd-sourced information.

For an example, check out the “Journal Citations” for this data package on the EDI repository landing page:

Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER and V. Lougheed. 2020. Carbon flux from aquatic ecosystems of the Arctic Coastal Plain along the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, 2010-2018 ver 7. Environmental Data Initiative. Accessed 2020-05-22.