Universität Bremen (UniHB), Germany (PANGAEA)


Universität Bremen (UniHB), Germany (PANGAEA)

PANGAEA is an information system and data publisher for geoscientific and environmental data. PANGAEA is the designated archive for the journal Earth System Science Data (ESSD) and recommended data repository of several international scientific journals such as “Scientific Data” by the Nature publishing group. Furthermore, PANGAEA co-chairs the ICSU- WDS and RDA working groups on data publication and holds mandates from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (World Radiation Monitoring Center – WRMC).

PANGAEA is jointly operated by The Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at the Universitaet Bremen (UniHB) and the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research at Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). MARUM is a central research facility offering a number of technical and scientific services in the field of ocean research and furthermore developing innovative technology in support for scientific operations.

Essential services supplied by PANGAEA are data curation, long-term data archiving and data publication. Data curation includes quality control of metadata and the development of ontologies and vocabularies according to international protocols and standards. Metadata are extensive and each dataset can be cited using a universally unique DOI. The system is operated in the sense of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities which is a follow up to the Budapest Open Access Initiative. Some ongoing projects are under moratorium so that access to data may be restricted, but metadata is always freely accessible.

PANGAEA hosts about 340,000 datasets comprising around 7 billion individual measurements which have been collected during more than 200 European as well as international research projects.

A successful cooperation between PANGAEA and Elsevier along with the correspondent technical implementation enables the cross-referencing of scientific publications and datasets archived as supplements to these publications on the webpages of ScienceDirect and PANGAEA. A direct link brings the ScienceDirect user from the publication to the datasets archived as supplements at PANGAEA (e.g.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.06.006).

PANGAEA is also the recommended depository for data supplements to Elsevier publications in three subject areas (Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Environmental Sciences).

The „Guidelines for Authors“ of about 500 Journals recommend depositing supplementary data at PANGAEA and emphasize the cross-linking application.

UniHB / PANGAEA will be involved in workpackages 2,3 and 4 specifically responsible for the deep integration of DOI and ORCID technologies including the planned THOR defined amendments within its in-
frastructure as well as the implementation of a variety of services for THOR such as dataset claiming or cross-referencing services. UniHB /PANGAEA will further serve as a THOR demonstration and best prac-
tice pillar for the geoscientific community.

UniHB / PANGAEA was a consortium member of the german STD-DOI project which resulted in the foundation of DataCite.

UniHB is or was involved in a variety of European projects such as European Seas Observatory NETwork (ESONET), FixO3, COOPEUS (Cooperation EU/US), EMSO, HYPOX, the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) and Common Operations of Environmental Research infrastructures (ENVRI) focusing on research infrastructures and associated data management.

Further, PANGAEA serves as a long-term data archive for data which was collected during many European projects such as the Atlantic Data Base for Exchange Processes at the Deep Sea Floor (ADEPD), Assessment of the Black Sea Sedimentary System since the last Glacial Extreme (ASSEMBLAGE), Biogas Transfer in Estuaries (BIOGEST), CARBOOCEAN, CoralFISH, DARCLIFE, EUR-OCEANS, EURO-BASIN, EPOCA, ERA-CLIM, ESONET, ESOP, HERMES, HERMIONE, HYPOX, MATER, METROL, ORFOIS, PROMESS, SINOPS etc.

PANGAEA is laid out as a permanent facility, guaranteeing the long-term availability and accessibility of archived data and metadata in secure and machine readable formats.