TreeBASE Submission Integration

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Authors who submit content to Dryad have the option to forward their Dryad submission to TreeBASE. This saves the author time by automating the submission of data to multiple repositories, and creates an explicit link between the entries in the two repositories for easier data reuse.

Alternately, authors who initially submit content to TreeBASE may create a link from a Dryad data package to the relevant item in TreeBASE.


Initial submission to TreeBASE

Authors may choose to deposit their data with TreeBASE first, and link the submission to a Dryad deposit.

After the TreeBASE submission has been completed, the author will login to Dryad and begin a Dryad submission. At the second stage of the Dryad submission process, the author will be asked to provide the appropriate data file(s). At this point, rather than uploading a new copy of the file(s), the author may enter an identification number for the data and the name of the repository in which the data has been submitted.


So, if the data has already been uploaded to TreeBASE, instead of uploading the data again, a submitter may just enter the TreeBASE identifier and select TreeBASE as the remote repository from the dropdown menu in the submission form. This will create a link between the Dryad data record and the data stored in the remote repository.


Technical Documentation

More detail on the TreeBASE/BagIt handshaking can be found on the Dryad BagIt Handshaking page.

This integration is based on the following technologies:

  • BagIt -- A lightweight format for packaging digital content and ensuring that it is transferred intact.
  • OAI-PMH -- A protocol developed by the digital library community to allow harvesting of metadata from remote repositories.

We are evaluating the SWORD protocol to manage the transfer of BagIt packages, but we have not yet determined whether SWORD will be lightweight enough to justify its use.

Design History

For information on design decisions, look at the BagIt and OAI-PMH pages listed in the Technical documentation and at the TreeBASE OAI Provider page on this wiki. We also looked at ADMIRAL: A data management infrastructure for research across the life sciences