SARI's Reference Data Service


With its Reference Data Service (RDS) built on top of metaphacts software, SARI delivers a central data hub with unified access to scholarly established, high-quality, yet extendable reference data (such as such as ULAN, VIAF, Wikidata, etc.) and enables research and cultural heritage institutions to integrate and publish their own research data. By exposing data as Linked Data and supporting the publication of FAIR data, RDS allows for the creation of truly interconnected datasets. Such networks of data which are open and reusable by others are key to avoiding the re-statement of information, the creation of data silos and the curation of individual sources; instead, they promote a more flexible (and yet authoritative) approach to publishing information.

The central RDS system (so-called RDS-Global) hosts the canonical versions of the datasets and is maintained by the SARI team. It is accessible to researchers and other users using a Google-like search interface »

Additionally, research institutions can set up their own, local systems (so-called RDS-Local) for authoring of own research data, consuming data from the upstream RDS-Global system and - if desired - for publishing data back to the central repository and making it available for consumption and interlinking to other researchers as well. This system might be independent or act as a satellite to the RDS-Global hub.

Learn more about SARI's Reference Data Service here »