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Who sees my metadata? Is it on Google?

Yes. One advantage of publishing your data in PURR is greater exposure of your data leading to data citation and, potentially, an increased impact factor. For example, a PURR dataset is assigned a unique persistent DataCite digital object identifier (DOI). A metadata record including the DOI and descriptive information – provided by you through the publication process – is sent from PURR to the searchable DataCite Metadata Store (MDS). The metadata records in the MDS are harvested by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index and linked to related publications when possible. In addition, Google harvests and indexes records from PURR for discovery in Google Search and Google Dataset Search. It is important to provide good data description, documentation and metadata while going through the publication process as the resulting metadata record will proliferate to multiple discovery systems.

The PURR team can help you with your metadata questions. To request a consultation, please contact us by submitting a support ticket.


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