The first step to explore the Data Listings available for exchange and analysis on the Data Republic’s Senate Data Exchange Platform (DXP), is to ensure that you have the appropriate Senate log in credentials with permissions to view the Senate Catalog.
To view the Data Republic Catalog you must be a Certified Senate User from an organization who has signed the Data Republic Participation Agreement.
How can you become a Certified Senate User? Follow the below steps:
- The organization you represent will need to sign the Data Republic Participation Agreement. The Participation Agreement governs the activities of all users of the Senate Platform, and provides indemnities for Data Custodians and owners around the use of their data in projects. One of the features of the Data Republic platform is that this agreement is non-negotiable, so every participant on the platform knows exactly what agreements are in place with the other parties involved in the data exchange. Two individuals with signing authority for the organization need to sign the agreement.
- The second step towards gaining full access to Data Republic’s Platform is becoming certified. Data Republic’s Certification Program is compulsory for all Senate users and must be completed prior to the release of each user’s full Senate Account ID. The Certification Program has been developed as part of Data Republic’s duty to Data Custodians and consumers. Its aim is to ensure that all Senate users have been trained and accredited in the security, governance and privacy measures required by the Data Republic Participation Agreement. Please contact us to send you the access credentials for the certification exam.
Once you’re an authorized user you will be able to browse the full library of Data Listings. Data listings contain an overview of the listing, including metadata and potential use cases. The Data Republic Catalog makes it easy for you to request access to data listings or to enquire further about listings in the Catalog. Simply click ‘Request Access to Data’ and you will be launched into a governed space (i.e. project) to have a conversation directly with the data owner.
Using the conversations feature within projects, discuss your requirements with the Data Custodian directly. Clearly outline your objectives, the datasets you require, your intended use of the datasets, whether they will be combined with any other datasets and what your output will be. Data Custodians will evaluate the information you provide and can approve or reject your request. If the Data Custodian has provided approval, you will need to create a licence that outlines the permitted use of data, along with the terms of access and any commercials. The licence must approved by all participants in the project, prior to the data being made available in a discovery workspace for analysis. The discovery workspace can be customised and loaded with approved analytical tools at your request. Any outputs for a data product will need to align with what is agreed to in the ‘permitted use’ of datasets in the licence.