ODISSEI portal launched during the Open Science Festival

1 September 2022

During a session of the Dutch national Open Science Festival, ODISSEI launched the first version of the ODISSEI portal. This portal combines metadata from a wide variety of research data repositories into a single interface, allowing for advanced semantic queries to support findability, and facilitate data access to social science datasets in the Netherlands.

The portal is developed by ODISSEI, DANS, VU and SURF as part of the ODISSEI roadmap project to improve the existing infrastructure for the social sciences in the Netherlands.

Metadata from CBS, LISS and DANS

The first version of the portal contains more than 4,000 metadata records from three metadata providers: CBS, Centerdata and DANS. Users can find information about the microdata available in the remote access environment of CBS, the LISS panel study data run by Centerdata, and the social science datasets archived at DANS.

The portal builds on Dataverse which is an open source repository software used by many data archives worldwide. Through the Dataverse instance users can search across the different collections to find information about relevant datasets for their studies. The metadata stored in the portal is connected through the ODISSEI Knowledge Graph which allows enrichments of the available information through linked open data. 

Further developments

Over the next two years, the portal will be further developed. The collected metadata will be enriched with existing controlled vocabularies which will further improve the discoverability and the information available to the user. More data providers will be added to the portal with the ultimate goal to allow social science researchers in the Netherlands to find all the relevant data for their work in one online environment. Data providers are actively encouraged to contact ODISSEI about making their metadata available in the portal or if you like to know more about the portal.

Last but not least, ODISSEI is working on the functionality of the data access broker allowing users of the portal to request access to the datasets hosted by different providers directly from the ODISSEI Portal environment. The first version of the ODISSEI Portal is freely available at https://portal.odissei.nl/.

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Ricarda Braukmann Ph.D.

Data Station Manager Social Sciences