Common Data Index (CDI) service 

The Common Data Index (CDI) service gives users a highly detailed insight in the availability and geographical spreading of marine data sets, that are managed by data centres, that are connected to the Geo-Seas infrastructure. Moreover it provides a unique interface for requesting access, and if granted, for downloading data sets from these distributed data centres across Europe.

All 26 Geo-Seas partners are connected and have populated the CDI Data Discovery and Access service with their data sets, such as samples, cores, seismic and bathymetric survey data (> 140.000 entries).   

Note: registration in the SeaDataNet User Register is required for submitting data requests and downloading!

The CDI service has a major functionality: by means of a data shopping, tracking and download service mechanism users have unified and harmonised access to the data sets, that are managed at the distributed data centres. Furthermore, the data sets are delivered by all data centres in standard data transport formats. 

How does it work?
The process from search to getting access to requested data sets is illustrated and explained below. This allows users to retrieve data sets from distributed data centres in a common way via one unique portal.

CDI process

The 2 CDI User Interfaces allow to search by a set of criteria. Selected data sets are listed. Geographical locations are indicated on a map. Clicking on the display icon retrieves the full metadata of the data set. This gives information on the what, where, when, how, and who of the data set. It also gives standardised information on the data access restrictions, that apply. The interface features a shopping mechanism, by which selected data sets can be included in a shopping basket.

All users can freely query and browse in the CDI directory; however submitting requests for data access via the shopping basket requires that users are registered in the SeaDataNet central user register, thereby agreeing with the overall SeaDataNet User Licence which has also been adopted by Geo-Seas. 

All data requests are forwarded automatically from the Geo-Seas portal to the relevant data centres. This process is controlled via the Request Status Manager (RSM) service at the portal, that communicates with the data centres. Users receive a confirmation e-mail of their data set requests and a link to the RSM service. By log-in to the RSM service users can check regularly the status of their requests and download data sets from the associated data centres, after access has been granted. On their turn, data centres can follow via the RSM service all transactions for their data sets online and can handle requests which might require their mediation. 

Each CDI metadata record includes a data access restriction tag. It indicates under which conditions the data set is accessable to users. Its values can vary from ‘unrestricted' to ‘no access' with a number of values in between. During registration every user will be qualified by its national NODC / Marine Data Centre with one or more roles. The RSM service combines for each data set request the given data access restriction with the role(s) of the user as registered in the SeaDataNet - Geo-Seas central user register. This determines per data set request, whether a user gets direct access automatically, whether it first has to be considered by the data centre, that therefore might contact the user, or that no access is given.