Create and publish data sets

Create a new data set

Create new data set

To create a new data set, follow this workflow as a logged in data manager or theme manager:

  1. Go to «Data» on the main toolbar
  2. Go to «Create new Data Set» at the bottom of the data set list
  3. Decide which Theme this data set should be linked to.
    • You can also create a data set without linking it to a theme, but without the link, you can’t publish services or execute transformation projects for that data set.
  4. Upload the files making up the data set:
    • To upload a Shapefile, you should put all individual files (*.shp, *.dbf, *.prj, *.shx, …) before upload to a zip archive. This reduces upload data volume, and ensures that no file part gets lost, so that the file analysis can work correctly.
    • When you upload an XML file such as ALKIS, XSYBAU or GML, we also recommend to upload them as a zip archive. In this way, you can reduce upload data volumes by up to 90%, which results in a much faster upload..
  5. Give your data set a name. This name should enable you to quickly und clearly identify the data set in the system. If the linked theme’s metadata configuration is set up to use the name in publishing, the name is also used for data set metadata.
  6. In the next step, provide required and optional metadata. Required input fields are marked by red circle symbols, and the red badges with numbers indicate how many more required fields you need to provide. When all the red badges have disappeared, you’ve provided all required metadata. Click «Continue» to save the metadata.
  7. In the final step, you can review all desired steps of the publishing and transformation process configured for the theme. By default, you will see up to five toggle switches to publish Download and View Services, to transform the new data set, and to publish services for the transformed data set. If you know you need to work on the data set before it is to be published, deactivate the service publishing.
In case you close the browser or the tab, or you click a different link, you will be asked whether the work in progress data set should be saved or deleted. If you pick save, you can continue editing it later.

Edit Metadata

Edit metadata for a data set

Editing metadata can be a time-consuming and sometimes tiresome process. For this reason, the system allows to automate about 95% of the process. The ramnaing fields still have to be filled manually, or edited. Please keep the following hints in mind when manually editing metadata:

  • Your input has to be in the correct format. Some fields will allow any kind of text, while others expect numbers, web links, e-mail addresses, JSON objects or Well-Known-Text (WKT) objects. The round symbols to the left of each input indicate which type of input the system expects. When you hover over these symbols, you’ll get more information.
  • Some fields may be set more than once. To set multiple values, e.g. on «Keywords», click the «+» button below the input field. To remove a field again, click the remove symbol right next to the field.
  • When you edit metadata for any existing data set, each change is saved by the system as soon as you press enter or go to another field. The system indicates this by showing a green border and checkmark on the modified input.

To edit metadata, follow these steps:

  1. Go to «Data» on the main toolbar
  2. Pick the data set from the resource list for which you’d like to edit metadata
  3. Go to «Metadata»
  4. Open one of the metadata categories by clicking on the title or the chevron
  5. Provide a value for any field marked with a red symbol
    • The red symbol changes color to green when you’ve provided a valid value, and the number of remaining fields to be filled indicated with the badge in the category header is updated.
  6. Close the category again and proceed with the next category

Publish Services

Publish Services for a data set

You can publish view and download services if the theme linked to your data set has a valid service configuration. Publishing services is done either by triggering the automated publishing process at the end of the data set creation, or through a manual command later on. When you publish services, the system always creates all configured services types at once; in other words, if your theme configuration includes a view- and a download service, it is not possible to publish just a download service. The reason for this is that the metadata of each has references to the other.

When you’re logged in as a Data Manager or Theme manager, follow these steps to publish services manually:

  1. Go to «Data» on the main toolbar
  2. Pick the data set from the resource list for which you’d like to publish services
  3. Go to «View Services» or «Download Services»
  4. Click the button «Create», which will create and start the service, and also run any configured test suites
    • This process runs in the background and can take a while.
  5. With each completed step, you’ll get additional information:
    • Link to data set metadata
    • Link to service metadata
    • For view services, you’ll also get a preview link
  6. To unpublish a service, click «Delete».
Please note the following limitations of the current version:
  • Display properties configured for the theme are not used for the GetFeatureInfo in the WMS.
  • The ATOM Feed is not completely INSPIRE compliant, since elements for GeoRSS and Open Search are missing.