|Mission with GRDC - Nigeria|
Geographical Resources for Development Centre (GRDC) metadata clearing house node is now open to the public. The clearing house can be accessed directly or by navigating through the GRDC website. The clearing house is open to public use by individuals and organisations who want to publish their metadata on Nigerian datasets. It is also a service that is advantageous to individuals, researchers and organisations of any size in publicising themselves as well as their datasets. It will also make the public aware of available datasets, contact information, services and capabilities of the clearing house users and avoid duplication of projects.
Figure 1 shows the homepage of the GRDC GeoNetwork powered clearinghouse. This service is offered without a charge to the public. Individuals and organisations can apply for an account by filling out the form available from the GRDC clearing house site. Training and support on metadata issues is also available for individuals or organisations. If interested please indicate this when applying for an account. The metadata clearing house project is the product of collaboration between GRDC and Geography Department of University of
Figure 2 shows the page to request an account.
The Geographical Resources for Development Centre (GRDC), a non profit organization in
Figure 3 shows the page where the metadata record can be uploaded.
It should be noted that this project was a result of a partnership between GISCorps and the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI). The GRDC project supports the goal of GSDI "...to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance."
Figure 4 shows the page where the metadata can be uploaded in batch mode.
Alison Fischer, a GISCorps volunteer from
Figure 5 shows the aggregate results after a search is conducted.
Another example of aggregate results can be seen in here.The GRDC clearing house allows the publication or search of metadata. It also reveals metadata quality rating that advises the public on what to expect from each dataset if requested. By publishing metadata, users can contact the data owners via contact information provided to make a data request. The next phase of the project is aimed at sensitising and creating awareness to the public on the existence and use of the GRDC metadata clearinghouse. Other tasks are additional customisations to validate Nigerian datasets and accommodate research data.
In order to accomplish the new tasks we recruited a second volunteer
The project gave me a chance "…to gain experience in another area related to GIS, and also to see the obstacles that organizations in other countries face – and how they overcome them…" My advice is to "…try to be flexible with your hours and be understanding that other cultures may communicate differently even if they speak the same language…"