When setting a country specific profile there may be two new needs. A editor for the data owner to express data so it can be published. And on the other side a way to collect data from several sources. The editor is referred to as a DCAT-AP data catalog and the collector is referred to as a DCAT-AP harvester.
The data catalog challenge is not to create the first correct DCAT-AP expression, but rather to provide a work process so that data is maintained without the need of specialist. It is about the lifecycle.
A harvester on the other hand is in the hand of specialist and needs to validate data as well as give easy means to build a search interface. The combination of harvesting data and presenting data is what is called a data portal. A portal can be very specific for a region or a topic as well as a nationwide access to data.
MetaSolutions develops EntryScape – open source solutions in different modules for working with metadata. Catalog is packaged for the publisher and Registry for the data collector which is typically the data portal owner. You can use the modules in different scenarios, together with existing solutions. Both modules support several DCAT-AP profiles today and new profiles is added continuously.