The Data Sisyphus

Sisyphus was punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top, repeating this action for eternity. When was a file downloaded from the internet? What happened with it sense? Are their updates? Did the bibliographical reference was made for quotations? Missing values imputed? Currency translated? Who knows about it – who created a dataset, who contributed to it? Which is the final, checked, approved by a senior manager?


Adding metadata exponentially increases the value of data. Did somebody already adjust old data to conform to constantly changing geographic boundaries? What are some practical ways of combining satellite sensory data with my organization's records? And do I have the right to do so? Metadata logs the history of data, providing instructions on how to reuse it, also setting the terms of use. We automate this labor-intensive process applying the FAIR data concept.

Developing an Open API is the Right Direction

I believe that with curators' priorities and the development of an easily accessible, open API, we are moving in the right direction.


Uncut diamonds need to be cut, polished, and you have to make sure that they come from a legal source.