Data is rarely ready for analysis....
RDS empowers both information systems and users by concurrently delivering data and metadata as a service in formats engineered for immediate use.
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Nathan had a data wrangling problem:
All the research data he needed resided in difficult to access systems, or proprietary file formats incompatible with his tools.
On top of that, he wasn't able to understand the meaning of half the data, as the data was provided without a codebook or other basic documentation.
Nathan could have spent the next week banging his head on his desk, trying to get his scripts and
program to either read or convert the file, and digging for non-existent documentation.
Instead, he found another source offering the same data through Rich Data Services.
Within minutes, through the easy to use RDS web services and user interfaces, he was able to retrieve the subset of data he needed in his favorite format, and immediately begin analysis.
As part of RDS, a personalized codebook accompanied the data along with metadata in standard based format, giving meaning to the content and further allowing Nathan to comply with data management plans and best practices.
Instead of spending most of his valuable time data wrangling, Nathan could focus on analysis & research, his true passion, and continue to deliver groundbreaking findings.
Tanya had a problem: She needed to build a new website, a substantial portion of which needed to be driven by a large data set published by a public organization.
The data Tanya needed however, was locked away in an internal database server, and only made available as large text or proprietary files. Not particularly web developer friendly.
Custom building a solution to query and deliver the data to her application was far beyond her project's scope or timeline. After some research, her agency discovered and adopted the RDS platform for its data publishing needs and solved her problem overnight.
In just a few lines of code, Tanya was able to use the RDS API to to query and deliver all the data she could possibly need, and allow her to focus on her web application project unhindered.
Rather than facing weeks of custom development work or even the prospect of project failure, Tanya was able to successfully complete her project, and deliver crucial information to policy makers and users.
Jane had a problem: As a data publisher, she needed to make hundreds of datasets available to her community of users.
She also knew that in order for her datasets to be as effective and useful as possible, she needed to provide comprehensive metadata, but wasn't entirely certain how to do so.
Despite knowing that the traditional methods of data publishing were losing effectiveness, Jane didn't have the time or expertise to figure out how to modernize her methods.
Jane could have just shrugged, and kept providing data the way she always had, regardless of the end usability of her data.
Instead, Jane contacted MTNA, getting their help with preparing her data and metadata, establishing a data warehouse, and integrating it all with RDS.
By publishing and hosting their data through RDS, Jane's organization met its mandate to deliver innovative, high quality data and metadata services to its user communities, enabling their success.
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You typically need to do a fair amount of detective work to make sense the data, what the numbers or variables mean, how they have been coded, or where they come from. Metadata alleviate that issue.
Most analysts spend the majority of their time massaging or trying to make sense of the data. What if instead, you could spend most of your time just doing research?
We all agree data should meet the principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability. Let's turn this vision into reality.
Data is often found in text files, proprietary formats, or in databases, putting it out of reach unless you have the right tools or privileges. RDS alleviates this through its standards based API and open data packaging.
RDS metadata models and implementation have been guided by IT industry and domain standards, to deliver a robust solution complying with global best practices.
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