Presentation by Michael Diepenbroeck at the 2013 GBIF Science Symposium

Presentation by Michael Diepenbroeck at the 2013 GBIF Science Symposium. Title: PANGAEA®, data publisher for earth and environmental science: research data enters scholarly communication


The International Council for Science (ISCU) World Data Center PANGAEA is an information system for the acquisition, processing, long-term storage, and publication of georeferenced data relating to earth science.

Storing about half a million datasets from all areas of geosciences, PANGAEA is one of the largest archives for observational earth science data. Standard conform interfaces (ISO, OGC, W3C, OAI) enable access from a variety of data and information portals, among them the search engine of PANGAEA itself ( and GBIF. All datasets in PANGAEA are citable, fully documented, and can be referenced via persistent identifiers (Digital Object Identifier - DOI) — a premise for data publication.

Together with other ICSU World Data Centers ( and the Technical Information Library in Germany (TIB) PANGAEA supported the implementation of a DOI-based registry for scientific data, which is now supported by a worldwide consortium of libraries ( A further milestone was building strong cooperation with science publishers such as Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, AGU and Nature. A common web service allows to reference supplementary data in PANGAEA directly from an article’s abstract page (e.g. Science Direct). The next step with science publishers is to further integrate the editorial process for the publication of supplementary data with the publication procedures of the journal.

PANGAEA is operated as a joint long-term facility by the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at the University of Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). More than 80 per cent of the funding comes from project data management and the implementation of spatial data infrastructures, and there have been more than 160 national and international projects in the last 15 years. (


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