A portal is a collection of private or public ESS-DIVE data packages on a unique webpage.
Typically, a research project's website won't be maintained beyond the life of the project and all the information on the website that provides context for the data collection is lost. ESS-DIVE portals can provide a means to preserve information regarding the projects' objectives, scopes, and organization and couple this with the data files so it's clear how to use and interpret the data for years to come.
Portals also leverage ESS-DIVE's metric features, which create statistics describing the project's data packages. Information such as total size of data, proportion of data file types, and data collection periods are immediately available from the portal webpage.
Portals allow users to bundle supplementary information about their group, data, or project along with the data packages. Data contributors can organize their project specific data packages into a unique portal and customize the portal's theme and structure according to the needs of that project.
Researchers can also use portals to compare their public data packages and highlight and share them with other teams, as well as the broader ESS-DIVE audience.
To see an example of what portals could look like, please view the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center's portal.