ZMT has a long history of collecting field data throughout marine tropical habitats. However, despite the existence of a database, these data are not readily accessible to the broader scientific community. In addition, data from different institutions also about similar research locations are often hard to find and identify.

We developed a prototype of a scientific web portal to showcase data collected by ZMT and other institutions. The portal is connected to the ZMT database but capable to seamlessly integrate data from different sources into a simple web-based geoportal. The ZMT Research Data Portal is part of the broader DigiZ initiative to develop a digital ZMT.

It allows simultaneous display and comparison of disparate datasets on a single map. It aims to promote all data equally and provide the flexibility to connect to any storage system, effectively making long-tail datasets as visible as those in large, established repositories. Its low barrier of entry allows scientists and organisations to easily add data throughout the research process; enhancing transparency, openness and reproducibility. This flexibility and functionality makes Spatial Data Hub a novel platform for researchers to promote their work, develop new hypotheses and create new collaborations.

The portal prototype is available at: www.sptialdatahub.org. It is also embedded in the webpages of ZMT scientists.

The portal is presented in a paper in Nature Scientific Data https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2019.14

Its source code is available via open access on ZENODO:

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2222641

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2222698