The ITO’s Polar Federated Search article, detailing the resources the ITO has contributed to the Polar Research Data Management Community, was accepted in Polar Science on April 23rd, 2023 and is now available online in open access format: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polar.2023.100947
One of the key resources described in the article is the Polar Federated Search (PFS), highlighting the pilot portion of the program which was launched in 2021-2022. PFS provides federated search capability through a single interface, where users can submit queries that search multiple databases and receive a single compiled response of Arctic and Antarctic data. Like all WDS-ITO projects, PFS was developed in close collaboration with the research community and is open for feedback in addition to being completely open source. Full details regarding polar community engagement, infrastructure, and software development for PFS can be found in the article.
Schematic of the Pilot Polar Federated Search deployment. The SO–SO/DataONE repositories have implemented the more rigorous version of SO–SO, while the Gleaner tools have been developed to harvest from other repositories who implement the less stringent SO–SO guidance. (Figure 2 from Verhey et al (2023))
Current search page for the Polar Federated Search (https://www.search.polder.info). The webpage includes options for a keyword search, spatial search, temporal search, and author search. (Figure 3 from Verhey et al. (2023))
Congratulations to our polar team on delivering a much needed resource for polar researchers and providing invaluable support for polar data enhancement practices!