scigate – a gateway to scientific data
The «scigate» project aims to create a unified search entry point into today’s highly fragmented landscape of legal scientific databases, and at the same time to create a low-threshold, accessible one-stop-shop for scientific legal data.
Traditionally, libraries have been the gatekeepers for access to scientific products, especially publications, but also data in the broadest sense. Libraries not only made this data spatially accessible, but also added metadata that made the data itself searchable and discoverable.
The role of libraries has changed significantly in recent years. Today, scientific data (i.e. research data) are often made available in databases by different actors, with different access and accessibility, not least in terms of metadata and thus the searchability and discoverability of the data.
The current fragmentation of access to scientific legal data affects national and international research and its visibility. The project «scigate» tries to create a counterbalance.
Beyond the existing and desirable diversity of data sources, a unified search entry as well as a one-stop-shop for scientific legal data shall be created. A running prototype can be found here.