Get involved

I want to become a dataset provider

If you are a dataset provider and would like to become a node of GLAD, please contact Mr. Llorenç Milà i Canals for more information [Llorenc.MilaiCanals@un.org].

Nodes joining the GLAD network commit to:

  • Minimum requirements for dataset documentation: The Node commits to work towards enhanced data access and interoperability by providing the minimum metadata descriptors to enable search by users, as well as by using the agreed nomenclature mapping made available by the Network. The use of a common data exchange format and flow nomenclature is encouraged.
  • The Node commits to use the Network API to enable the search of its dataset metadata descriptors, but the Node is free to develop its own solutions to participate in the Network, within the given network principles.
  • In order to establish interoperability between datasets within the Network, the Node commits to the use of a common data exchange format and flow nomenclature (refer to Table 1 below).
  • Freely accessible metadata: All metadata for each dataset that is searchable in the Network must be available for free (no charge to consult dataset’s metadata).
  • Dataset providers are responsible for the operation of their own node and maintain full control over their node as well as the data hosted on the node. For paid databases, actual transaction should occur between the users and the individual nodes.
  • License policies: Each node can have its own license policy establishing what Users can do with the datasets provided through their node. However, use of datasets accessed from other nodes may have their own license policies. Thus, license conditions need to be clear and transparent.
  • Registered Nodes need to be available online, or at least post the metadata values of their datasets online and offer access to metadata descriptors for free.
  • Dataset providers must demonstrate willingness and effort to present datasets with GLAD metadata and nomenclature conventions to the extent possible. GLAD reserves the right to restrict access to providers not participating in good faith according to the principles of the Network.
  • Language: the Node commits to making metadata available in English as a minimum, in addition to another language if desired
  • Due Diligence: The Nodes provide access to datasets that are in line with GLAD principles to the best of their knowledge and fully documented.

Prerequisites for joining

  • You offer LCA data either free or for a license fee.
  • GLAD does not endorse or promote any specific data format. However, it is desirable that the data is made available in one of the data formats supported by GLAD (ecoSpold, ILCD, JSON-LD) in order to achieve interoperability for users.
  • You are providing the metadata either through the GLAD API or using the GLAD Metadata Template.

This supporting document for potential data providers provides a high-level overview on the GLAD platform and guidance on the different options to share data in GLAD.

More detailed and technical information can be found in this Supporting document for nodes interested to join GLAD. It documents how the metadata descriptors which are used in the GLAD system are to be provided for common LCA datasets.

Please refer to Table 1: Short list of proposed metadata descriptors that should be available in process datasets to join the GLAD platform (Working Group 3: Core meta-data descriptors and guidance on populating descriptors).

I want to help with technical development

GLAD is a community-driven open source project, built on open-source software. We welcome and support developers interested in joining efforts. Take a look at this page to learn more about ways to join our development community.

I want to contribute with funding

GLAD is the result of years of accountable joint work of intergovernmental organisations, governments, and global leaders on LCA data provision. If you are interested in financing enhancements of this bold project, please contact Mr. Llorenç Milà i Canals [Llorenc.MilaiCanals@un.org].