Browse Public Collections¶
This page allows you to examine the data collections that have already been created by other users and, if you are logged in to the service, access data in these collections. These data collections comprise one or more data requests that have been made public by the collection owners. To view a description of a collection and to view the data requests that comprise the collection, click on the appropriate link on the left-hand side of the table. The links on the right-hand side of the table can be used to find out more about other users and to list the data collections that they have created.
Manage My Collections¶
This page allows you to view and access the data collections that you have created. By clicking on the appropriate link on the left-hand side of the table you can view and edit the description of a collection and access the data requests that comprise the collection. Press “Start a Data Collection” to add a new, empty, collection to the table. We recommend that you keep the number of collections that you own to a minimum and populate each of your collections with multiple data requests. A collection may correspond to an individual project, for example.
Start a Data Collection¶
The form on this page allows you to create a new collection. Once you have submitted the form, you are able to populate the collection with data requests. Please note that the information that you provide in the form may be shared with other users of the data portal. You should therefore provide an informative description of the collection. Note, however, that a description of the temporal and spatial coverage of the data collection will be automatically generated for you from the data requests within the collection.
If you are the owner of a collection, you can edit this description by selecting “Edit” on the "About Collection" tab. The form on this page allows you to edit the description of a data collection that you own. Please note that changes that you make to the collection description will be used to modify the description of the collection that may be visible to other users of the data portal. You should therefore provide sufficient information for an informative collection description to be created. Note, however, that a description of the temporal and spatial coverage of the data collection will be automatically generated for you from the data requests within the collection.
You can view the data requests in a collection by selecting the “Data Requests” tab. If you are not the owner of the collection you will only be able to view data requests that the owner has made public. Requests in a collection are listed according to type:
Failed Requests have been submitted to the portal but, for some reason, have failed to return data. Please contact us email@example.com for help on failed requests.
Pending Requests have been submitted and are being processed. Once data has been returned by the portal, it will email you and provide a download link for the data
Draft Requests are incomplete requests that do not fully specify what data is required - these need more work before they can be submitted. They are visible only to the collection owner and the portal administrators.
Completed Private Requests are requests that have returned data but have not been made public. These are visible only to the collection owner and the portal administrators. Private requests can be submitted for processing by clicking the appropriate “Get Data” button. On submission, they become pending requests. To make a private request public, click the appropriate “Make Public” button. The request will become a “Public Request”, it will become visible to other users and you will not be able to edit or delete it.
Public Requests are requests that have been made visible to all users of the data portal by their owner. Any user can submit any public request to the portal and receive data. Once you have made a request public, you will not be able to edit or delete it.