The Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access service is one of the two main components of the Blue-Cloud technical framework, next to the Blue-Cloud Virtual Research Environment (VRE).

The Blue Cloud Data Discovery and Access service architecture is based upon a combination of the GeoDab metadata broker service of CNR-IIA, and the SeaDataNet CDI service modules as developed by MARIS, IFREMER, and EUDAT in the framework of the EU SeaDataCloud project. For the Blue-Cloud Discovery and Access service and its modules, additional developments will be needed such as adapting and upgrading existing services, adding new services, testing modules, integrating modules, and testing the integrated service, in order to achieve the planned functionality.

The overall concept is that the Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access service will harvest metadata from the blue data infrastructures by means of protocols such as CSW or OAI-PMH. The project is preparing a mapping per catalogue service of each blue data infrastructure to extract and harmonise individual metadata outputs to a common metadata model (ISO19115 – 19139), starting at the syntactic level.

The Blue-Cloud Data Discovery and Access service will help marine data users:

  • to search and discover relevant data sets
  • to complete and submit a shopping basket with the required data sets
  • to stay informed about the progress of the shopping requests
  • to download the data sets once ready for downloading
  • to ingest data sets into the VRE data pool for use in VRE applications

It will also support managers of blue data infrastructures in:

  • staying informed about the shopping requests and associated users for their repository
  • preparing periodic management reports

Learn more in D2.6 - Blue-Cloud Architecture (Release 1)