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Making Data Citable. The Technical Architecture of the da|ra Information System

Presenter 1
Dimitar Dimitrov
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 2
Erdal Baran
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 3
Dennis Wegener
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Today, exact citation and referencing of datasets used for research becomes more and more important due to the enormous growth of data we are experiencing. Identification mechanisms such as DOI can be used to uniquely identify datasets in a persistent way. However, users need support by information systems for attaching identifiers and discovering data. The da|ra information system is a system that allows registering research datasets, searching for registered datasets, and following links to the landing pages of the registered datasets. We present the technical architecture of the da|ra information system and the 3rd party services the system is based on. The architecture is based on SOA principles and is implemented based on the Grails framework. The functionality of the information system is exposed by the da|ra portal as well as by service interfaces, which allow users to build their own tools for registering datasets or to integrate the functionality into existing environments.

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