Tool name * Mercury

Mercury is a Web-based system to search for metadata and retrieve associated data. Mercury incorporates a number of important features. Mercury

  • Invokes a new paradigm for managing dynamic distributed scientific data and metadata
  • Provides a single portal to information contained in disparate data management systems
  • Provides free text, fielded, spatial, and temporal search capabilities
  • Puts control in the hands of investigators or other data providers
  • Has a very light touch (i.e., is inexpensive to implement)
  • Is implemented using Internet standards, including XML
  • Supports international metadata standards, including FGDC, Dublin-Core, EML, ISO-19115
  • Is compatible with Internet search engines
  • Is based on a combination of open source tools and ORNL-developed software.

The new Mercury system is based on open source and Service Oriented Architecture and provides multiple search services including: RSS, Geo-RSS, OpenSearch, Web Services and JSR-168 Portlets. Skills needed basic software deployment skills Tech support available Technical support is available case by case. Equipment Needs Mercury is an Opensource based software. It needs: Java, Apache, Tomcat, MySQL (from:

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Mercury has the capability to extract, or harvest, metadata from HTML pages or XML files located anywhere on the Internet. No special software is needed by the data provider, only a Web server on which to post files.

Data Quality Required

Modification Required

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Expertise Required

Basic software deployment skills

Spatial and Temporal

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