Integrating or aggregating data is the process of bringing multiple, disparate data sets together and combining them into a single data structure. Combining and standardizing the different data sets allows them to be searched as a single unit using common terms. The VAL brings together hundreds of data sets and makes them available through a common interface. The VAL uses Darwin Core, an internationally developed biodiversity data interchange standard, as it’s core data model and point of standardization.
How we integrate data
Data sets submitted for loading into the VAL are reviewed by the Data Management Team for the type of content and ability to be mapped to Darwin core. Then in communication with owner/custodian the data is processed to a format suitable for loading using data transformation software. If there is going to be an ongoing load schedule the processing saved for future repeat use.
Contact the Data Management team via email email@example.com below if you have questions about the VAL data integration process.
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