Work Package 3 – Data Catalog Services
In work package 3, the partners create means for users and third parties to find datasets from photon and neutron sources using domain specific search terms.
Contact with service providers from EOSC-Hub (B2Find) have been made, and various options have been explored. Exposing catalogues to OpenAIRE and/or repositories of similar richness of metadata should be the first step.
To go beyond the generic search features of OpenAIRE, the partners have been having exchanges on their current local practises, activities and plans, to align on a common definition of standard metadata for the scientific domains at the partner facilities. This activity also informs the local integration of data catalogues with the data sources (e.g. experimental stations).
In the task that aims to use definitions of the community-driven NeXus file format for searches, the partner institutes should first familiarise themselves with the format and its governance processes. For sustainability reasons, it is critical that the PANOSC partners seek buy-in of community. The plan is to initiate this in a multi-day workshop meeting with partners and observers, to showcase the current state of NeXus and see what requirements from partners may need to be addressed by new NeXus definitions.