A scaleable, standards based platform for sustainable data.
Arkisto builds pathways from existing data formats to capture encoded knowledge. Arkisto makes this knowledge explicit by keeping metadata together with the data.
Arkisto is the locus for training in using better methods so that data is more easily curated at the end of a research project.
Arkisto is built on top of Research Object Crate (RO-Crate) and the Oxford Common File System Layout (OCFL). These technologies enable services to support diverse research domains. Current examples range from linguistics to bioinformatics as well as discipline-agnostic repositories such as institutional data repositories.
With Arkisto there is no messy data migration.
The basis of Arkisto is that the long-term preservability of well-described data is always the first consideration. Data on an Arkisto deployment is alway available on disc (or object storage) with a complete description independently of any services such as websites or APIs. Once the data is safe and well described, Arkisto has a flexible model for how data can be accessed using a variety of services:
- Human and machine oriented access-controlled data portals that make data available by searching and browsing and by API. There are currently two established portal projects and a number of active developments.
- Direct access by trusted services which can read and write data from the storage layer.
- Validation and preservation services at the data storage layer.