Feb 25 2013

Mapping RDM requirements for the next stage of data repositories

Steve Hitchcock

CKAN logoDataPool and the University of Southampton have been investigating the use of EPrints and Sharepoint to extend the capabilities of repositories for research data management (RDM). Others, notably the Universities of Lincoln and Bristol, have been looking at CKAN, a data portal platform from the Open Knowledge Foundation, and were responsible with JISC for a ‘sold out’ meeting on CKAN for Research Data Management in an Academic Setting (18 February 2013).

The principal output of the meeting is a set of CKAN RDM requirements (a Google Doc spreadsheet), produced by workgroups in which all participants at the meeting were involved, based around different stakeholder positions. Delete the term ‘CKAN’ from the title of this spreadsheet and you have a series of RDM requirements that define the space in which all repository platforms seeking to support RDM will be challenged to engage. In other words, while adapting deposit workflow is a start, it is not sufficient. Dropbox – the elephant in the room that went unmentioned, for at least an hour into the meeting – stands as the model that illustrates some of these challenges, but there are now many more requirements set out from this workshop.

At Lincoln, Joss Winn explained, they have an EPrints publications repository and are developing a CKAN data approach to “create a record of CKAN data in EPrints, thereby joining research outputs with research data” through a SWORD2 implementation.

Is this a path to get rid of EPrints at Lincoln, to accommodate CKAN? No, Joss said, quite definitely, but then effectively questioned his own answer: if starting now, would we start from here, i.e. a combination of two software platforms? The implication is that over time, possibly years, the definite answer could change. The challenge is on.

Addendum For more detail on proceedings at the workshop see Patrick McCann’s report for DCC, and a view from a presenter, Simon Price of data.bris.


Feb 6 2013

Love research data management: training event 14 February

Steve Hitchcock

Developing DataPool’s declared approach to student training for research data management at the University of Southampton, notably for PhD and Early Career Researchers, an introductory session aimed at students in the WebScience Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) will be held on Thursday 14th February. The following notice for this event, with joining information, has been issued by the DTC office.

Research Data – To Infinity and beyond … : Managing your research data for the future

Does your research data have life beyond your current project? Are there things that you can do now to make it easier to store, archive and share your data for future re-use?

Come along on Thursday 14 February at 13.00-14.00 to Rm 3073, building 32 where we will be raising awareness of “good practice” principles in the management of research data that will help enable future sharing.

The session will include a talk from Mark Scott, PhD Researcher Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, who produced the “Introducing Research Data” guide, and Dorothy Byatt, co-Project Manager, DataPool project plus Patrick McSweeney demonstrating the ‘hot-off-the-press’ ePrints Research Data App.  There will be opportunity for discussion and questions, during and after the event.

Lunch provided – RSVP Claire Wyatt by 12 February 2013. Please accept this invitation to reserve a place at this seminar.

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