VertNet uses the Integrated Publishing Toolkit
(IPT) to host published biodiversity data on the
VertNet IPT for its
participating institutions. Are you an aspiring VertNet data publisher but are unsure about IPT and your hosting options?
Take a look at answers to frequently asked questions, below.
To learn more about the IPT, it’s key features, and technical attributes, please visit GBIF’s IPT page.
We will work with you to verify that you are able to extract your data, that your data are properly mapped to the Darwin Core Standard, and that you update the metadata associated with your publishable data set(s). We will ensure that VertNet, GBIF, and others have access to your data set(s) from your self-hosted IPT.
If you host your own IPT instance, there will be routine maintenance on your part to assure the proper operation of the server on which your IPT resides as well as occassional updates to the IPT software.
In either hosting scenario, you will continue to manage your data locally. It is up to you update the data set(s) if you are self-hosting your IPT instance, as often as you choose. If your data are hosted on the VertNet IPT instance, you simply need to provide the data set via the protocols we establish with you. We will discuss these options with you when we work together to publish your data in VertNet.
If you host your own IPT instance, you will need the free IPT software plus a stable, dedicated server computer, using a publicly available internet address, that can be accessed persistently by VertNet to collect your data. Server preparation details are availalbe on the IPT wiki.
Data for an entire organization can be published in one data set, or in data sets specific to independently curated collections. From the perspective of VertNet, we prefer that records from vertebrates are independent of records from other taxa. When we begin working with you to publish via IPT, we will discuss the details of the best way to accommodate the needs of your organization.
As a VertNet data publisher you are making a commitment to:
- Maintain an accessible repository of high-quality specimen data.
- Provide accompanying metadata about the collection.
- Register your organization and data resources with GBIF so that users, search engines and portals can locate your data access point.
If you serve your data to other data portals, and those portals can harvest data from an IPT, your data will continue to be available via those services. If those other portals require a DiGIR provider, you will need to continue to maintain your local DiGIR server to continue your connection to those services.