Growing pains of a data repository: GRIIDC's evolution from environmental disaster rapid response to promoting FAIR data




Rossi, Rosalie
LeBel, Deborah
Gibeaut, James


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Frontiers in Climate


GRIIDC is a multidisciplinary data repository created in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Development of the repository occurred even as researchers collected post-spill data, and as a result, the data management system initially focused on the ingestion of data and metadata. Data sharing was not as prevalent as it is currently, and many researchers were not familiar with data sharing and data organization best practices. Implementation of data management planning, submission, citation, and distribution features required many iterations and occurred while GRIIDC was assisting researchers with managing their rapid response data. From this challenging beginning, over the decade since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, GRIIDC has improved the data management system and the training of researchers, which has enhanced the ease of submission and quality of data submitted. The GRIIDC system has also evolved to prioritize the implementation of FAIR data principles to ensure the data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. All data are issued digital object identifiers (DOIs) through DataCite and are findable via GRIIDC's data search page, DataONE, and Google Dataset Search. Each dataset has a landing page where the data and metadata can be accessed. GRIIDC is continuously striving to add FAIR principles to the system. Although there are still many challenges including quality of data and metadata received, funding limitations, and program priorities, GRIIDC must always continue to improve its ability to meet user needs while implementing FAIR data principles.






Rossi R, LeBel D and Gibeaut J (2022) Growing pains of a data repository: GRIIDC’s evolution from environmental disaster rapid response to promoting FAIR data. Front. Clim. 4:958533. doi: 10.3389/fclim.2022.958533