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EDX Glossary

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Activity Stream – Found on each user profile page and provides a historical list of user activity on EDX.

API – An API (Application Programming Interface) is simply some software that sends information back and forth between a website or app and a user. (API Documentation:

Citation – Each published submission on EDX contains a data citation. Submissions that apply for a DOI will have the DOI number appended to the data citation making the submission more discoverable in other search repositories such as,, Google Scholar and others.

CKAN – an open-source Data Management System (DMS) for powering data hubs and data portals. CKAN makes it easy to publish, share, and use data. It powers hundreds of data portals worldwide. (CKAN:

CKAN Federated Search – EDX allows federated searching of other CKAN instances (DOI Land, gov, NOAA) using an API.

Contribute – Registered users can contribute published data products (data, presentations, publications, and tools) with associated metadata. Public submissions will be reviewed prior to being approved for public release.

Data License – Each data resource has an accompanying data license that is selected by the contributor. The default license for each resource is “license not specified”.

DOE Workspace – A tiered workspace accessible to registered users with valid DOE email addresses. This includes users from any of the DOE National Labs and DOE Headquarters.

DOI – Digital Object Identifier. EDX utilizes an API connection with OSTI to allow contributors to apply for a DOI number making their data publication more discoverability through external search repositories like,, Google Scholar, and others. (DOI:

DOI Products – A filter tool on the Search page that identifies published submissions that contain a DOI number.

EDX Chat – a chat messaging service powered by RocketChat that utilizes role-based security built within Workspaces. (EDXChat:

EDX Drive – A component of Workspaces that allows drag and drop functionality of files and folders. EDX Drive also provides right-click menu options for files and folders within EDX Drive.

EDX Groups – Groups allow users to group public submissions under a community or topic (for example, Archived KMD, Carbon Storage Open Database, NETL TRS, etc.) making it easier for users to browse submissions by theme.

EDX Portfolios – The DOE-FECM/NETL conducts research on a broad set of subsurface energy challenges related to CO2 storage and hydrocarbon systems. Portfolios offer an overview of key DOE-FECM/NETL R&D programs and research. As these R&D portfolios mature, key data-driven products (reports, datasets, EDXtools, etc.) produced by these efforts will be released via EDX and highlighted in each program’s Portfolio page. (EDX Portfolios:

EDX Tools – Tools provide access to data and information assembled as custom themes of high interest. Tools are standard, static, frameworks; however, the data presented within them may update and change with time, thus offering fresh and current information. Tools may accommodate spatial and/or non-spatial data. Some Tools are designed to allow the Tool to communicate with EDX servers to allow for searching, querying, and displaying data. (EDX Tools:

Fetch JSON for FECM related Submissions – A tool that provides a list of Fossil Energy Carbon Management (FECM) published submissions.

Git Repository Listing Feature – Allows users within a Workspace to list links out to an external Git repository.

NETL Products – A filter tool on the Search page that identifies NETL-funded and approved research products.

NETL Workspaces – A tiered workspace accessible to registered users with valid NETL email addresses.

Search – allows users to search for submissions and resources. Submissions can be filtered and sorted to quickly find and access pertinent data and information. (

Submission – A submission is a metadata package that contains one or more resources (file, link, etc). Submissions can be private (stored within Workspaces) or public (available to registered or unregistered users). EDX submission types include dataset, geospatial, presentation, publication, and tool. (Example Submission:

Workspaces – Workspaces are a secure environment that utilize role-based security and offer researchers a platform to access and share private data and data-driven products in support of science-based decision making and when appropriate publish as a publicly discoverable submission. (EDX Workspaces:

Zip File Browser – a custom built tool that allows users to explore the file directory within an uploaded zip file. Additionally, users can select individual files within the zip file and download. (Example Zip File Browser:

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