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Prototype Version of the CSISS Social Science Archive Search Tool

Link to test run of CSSASTWelcome - this is a prototype development site for a clearinghouse of information about spatial data resources for social science research - the CSISS Social Science Archive Search Tool (CSSAST)

The goal is to enable a search of multiple archival sources of spatially referenced data by geographical locations. Search results will yield abstracts of data sets at host archives.

Refinement of the Search Tool is under development. Current limitations include:

  • searches are limited to only a few archives in selected test countries
  • the absence of a uniform metadata standard for archives in representing the spatial content of their datasets
  • current access restraints to the metadata records of many data archives

CSISS encourages uniform standards and open access to descriptive information on the contents of archives

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