The JSON API to FAIRDOM SEEK is a JSON API specification describing how to read and write to a SEEK instance.

The API is defined in the OpenAPI specification currently in version 2

Example IPython notebooks showing use of the API are available on GitHub



A Policy specifies the visibility of an object to people using SEEK. A Project may specify the default policy for objects belonging to that Project

The Policy specifies the visibility of the object to non-registered people or People not allowed special access.

The access may be one of (in order of increasing “power”):

  • no_access
  • view
  • download
  • edit
  • manage

In addition a Policy may give special access to specific People, People working at an Institution or working on a Project.



The license specifies the license that will apply to any DataFiles, Models, SOPs, Documents and Presentations associated with a Project.

The license can currently be:

  • CC0-1.0 - CC0 1.0
  • CC-BY-4.0 - Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
  • CC-BY-SA-4.0 - Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0
  • ODC-BY-1.0 - Open Data Commons Attribution License 1.0
  • ODbL-1.0 - Open Data Commons Open Database License 1.0
  • ODC-PDDL-1.0 - Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and Licence 1.0
  • notspecified - License Not Specified
  • other-at - Other (Attribution)
  • other-open - Other (Open)
  • other-pd - Other (Public Domain)
  • AFL-3.0 - Academic Free License 3.0
  • Against-DRM - Against DRM
  • CC-BY-NC-4.0 - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
  • DSL - Design Science License
  • FAL-1.3 - Free Art License 1.3
  • GFDL-1.3-no-cover-texts-no-invariant-sections - GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 with no cover texts and no invariant sections
  • geogratis - Geogratis
  • hesa-withrights - Higher Education Statistics Agency Copyright with rights
  • localauth-withrights - Local Authority Copyright with rights
  • MirOS - MirOS Licence
  • NPOSL-3.0 - Non-Profit Open Software License 3.0
  • OGL-UK-1.0 - Open Government Licence 1.0 (United Kingdom)
  • OGL-UK-2.0 - Open Government Licence 2.0 (United Kingdom)
  • OGL-UK-3.0 - Open Government Licence 3.0 (United Kingdom)
  • OGL-Canada-2.0 - Open Government License 2.0 (Canada)
  • OSL-3.0 - Open Software License 3.0
  • dli-model-use - Statistics Canada: Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) - Model Data Use Licence
  • Talis - Talis Community License
  • ukclickusepsi - UK Click Use PSI
  • ukcrown-withrights - UK Crown Copyright with rights
  • ukpsi - UK PSI Public Sector Information



The content of a DataFile, Document, Model, SOP or Presentation is specified as a set of ContentBlobs.

When a resource with content is created, it is possible to specify a ContentBlob either as:

  • A remote ContentBlob with:
    • URI to the content’s location
    • The original filename for the content
    • The content type of the remote content as a MIME media type
  • A placeholder that will be filled with uploaded content
    • The original filename for the content
    • The content type of the content as a MIME media type

The creation of the resource will return a JSON document containing ContentBlobs corresponding to the remote ContentBlob and to the ContentBlob placeholder. The blobs contain a URI to their location.

A placeholder can then be satisfied by uploading a file to the location URI. For example by a placeholder such as

"content_blobs": [
    "original_filename": "a_pdf_file.pdf",
    "content_type": "application/pdf",
    "link": ""

may be satisfied by uploading a file to using the uploadDataFileContent operation

The content of a resource may be downloaded by first reading the resource and then downloading the ContentBlobs from their URI.