I mentioned in my last post that “[i]t’s a real challenge trying to communicate the mass and the variety of the activities that the JiscMRD projects are tackling…”. I don’t apologise for the understatement of that sentence, but I do apologise for the length of time it has taken me to get a round-up of the outputs and approaches of the second MRD programme onto some sort of public platform. In my defence, I can only say that things happened, people left, I’ve been working on other things for the Digital Curation Centre (including this) and in a few cases, it took a bit of time for some of the project outputs to be made publicly available themselves.
However, I’ve been keen to provide a round-up of who made what and where it is, so with immense thanks to all the projects, to Simon Hodson for his leadership of the programme and to my fellow EGs Jonny Tedds and Meik Poschen for being all-round good eggs – and before the delay gets any more embarrassing – here is a list of MRD02 outputs and approaches. As usual, please let me know of any corrections or updates: laura.molloy AT glasgow.ac.uk.
Jisc MRD programme: Outputs and Approaches
Summary of outputs from the core MRD projects looking at institutional RDM support and RDM tools.
There were three projects for which the principal focus was the development of tools to assist research data management and in particular ingest and the management of metadata: C4D (Cerif 4 Datasets), PIMMS and SWORD-ARM.
Five projects, building on previous work, had as their principal objective and output the development of a pilot research data support service: these were Bristol data.bris, Open Exeter, Oxford Damaro, Manchester MiSS and Southampton DataPool.
Although this objective was shared by the other projects in the programme, the fact that they were building on less initial work means that the establishment of the ongoing service was less comprehensive. In some cases the case for an ongoing service is still being made, but the project has at least established permanent resources; in most cases the project achieved the adoption of a research data management policy and raised RDM on the agenda for the institution.
There is evidence of some form on ongoing service at Bath, Essex, Herts, Lincoln, Leeds, Nottingham and UWE. At Newcastle and the four participating institutions of Kaptur (Glasgow School of Art, University for the Creative Arts, University of the Arts London, Goldsmiths) the status of ongoing support is uncertain.
For an overview of many aspects of the development of institutional infrastructure by the programme (and elsewhere) see Pryor, Jones and Whyte (2013), Delivering Research Data Management Services (Facet), particularly Chapters 1-5; Chapter 7 on Southampton and Chapter 10 on the MRD Programme.
Experience gained from the programme evidence-gathering activity is also described in Whyte, Molloy, Beagrie and Houghton (2014), ‘What to measure? Towards metrics for research data management’, in Ray, Joyce M. (ed.) Research Data Management: Practical Strategies for Information Professionals (Charleston Insights Series).
Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Manchester and Southampton
Contacts: Simon Price <simon.price AT bristol.ac.uk> and Stephen Gray <Stephen.Gray AT bristol.ac.uk>
Project Pages: http://data.bris.ac.uk/jisc-project/
Note that the data.bris blog is still active: http://data.bris.ac.uk/project-blog/
Outputs Page: http://data.bris.ac.uk/project-outputs/
Final Report: http://data.bris.ac.uk/files/2014/04/databris-final-report.pdf
The data.bris project transitioned very effectively from a project to a pilot University of Bristol service.
Ongoing RDM Service:
Monitoring Impact on Grant Applications: http://data.bris.ac.uk/2013/08/22/monitoring-our-impact-on-grant-applications/
RDM Guidance Pages: http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/
RDM Introduction: http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/introduction/
RDM Planning, including funder specific guides: http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/planning/
NB: Bristol’s RDM service includes a page linking to other MRD training outputs: http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/rdmtraining/more-training-resources/
Data.Bris Repository: http://data.bris.ac.uk/data/
See Data.Bris Architecture: http://data.blogs.ilrt.org/2012/02/03/data-bris-architecture/
University of Bristol RDM Principles: http://data.bris.ac.uk/principles/
Professor Kate Robson Brown, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology: http://data.blogs.ilrt.org/files/2011/10/Survey-KateRobsonBrown-v3.pdf
Dr Dave Platt, Heilbronn Research Fellow, School of Mathematics: http://data.blogs.ilrt.org/files/2011/10/Survey-DavidPlatt-v2.pdf
Dr Richard Sessions, Senior Research Fellow, School of Biochemistry: http://data.blogs.ilrt.org/files/2011/10/Survey-RichardSessions-v2.pdf
Data.Bris Benefits Report: http://data.bris.ac.uk/files/2013/06/data-bris-benefits-report-V2.pdf
Exeter, Open Exeter
Contacts: Jill Evans <jill.evans AT exeter.ac.uk>
Project Blog: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/openexeterrdm/
Final Report: to be posted
New Blog for Ongoing RDM Support ‘Open Research Exeter’: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/openresearchexeter/
Open Access and Data Curation Team: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/crs/ae/open_access_&_data/#d.en.167878
Exeter RDM Guidance Pages: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/rdm/
Summary of Outputs
Take a look at the Storify which illustrates the Open Exeter project journey.
UoE RDM Policies
Open Exeter developed two policies on research data management for the University which have now been approved:
RDM Guidance for Researchers and PGRs
PGR Survival Guide and Checklist: The project’s PGRs helped to create a Survival Guide and Checklist on research data management. The guide highlights important areas of research data management that new PGR students need to think about and provides links to useful websites.
Cloud Storage Guidance: Cloud Storage solutions such as Dropbox, Skydrive and Googledrive are useful for storing your research data and synching across devices. However, they should be used with caution, especially if you have sensitive or personal data.
The project produced various case studies:
The Open Exeter team created training materials including courses which form part of the Researcher Development Programme
See also materials under Exeter Embeds.
RDM Guidance: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/exeterembeds/researchdatamanagementguidance/
RDM Training: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/exeterembeds/training/
RDM Policy Development: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/exeterembeds/policydevelopment/
Benefits of Good RDM: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/exeterembeds/benefitsofgoodrdm/
Contacts: Mary Mcderby <Mary.Mcderby AT manchester.ac.uk>, Lorraine Beard <lorraine.beard AT manchester.ac.uk>
Project Pages: http://www.miss.manchester.ac.uk/
Project Outputs: http://www.miss.manchester.ac.uk/?page_id=13
The principal objective of the project was the development and implementation of a full-blown RDM service at Manchester, detailed below.
RDM Policy for University of Manchester: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/ourservices/research-services/rdm/policy/ and as linked from MiSS http://www.miss.manchester.ac.uk/?page_id=425
University of Manchester RDM Service: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/ourservices/research-services/rdm/ and as linked from MiSS http://www.miss.manchester.ac.uk/?page_id=432
University of Manchester DMP Tool: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/ourservices/research-services/rdm/datamanagementplanning/writing-dmp/dmptool/
Guidance on Writing a Data Management Plan: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/ourservices/research-services/rdm/datamanagementplanning/writing-dmp/
Research Data Storage Service: http://remedy.manchester.ac.uk/cgi-bin/sr.cgi?scid=142
RDM Service Implementation Timetables: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/ourservices/research-services/rdm/implementationtimetable/
Contacts: James Wilson <james.wilson AT it.ox.ac.uk>
Project Pages: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/index.xml
Project Blog: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/damaro/
Like Manchester, the principle objective of the project was the transition into a full RDM support service.
Research Data Oxford: http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/
Research Data Oxford Blog: http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/research-data-blog/
Oxford Tools for RDM: http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/home/tools-and-resources/
RDM Induction Resources: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/induction.xml
RDM Training Materials: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/training_materials.xml
Digital Services to Support Research: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/dssr_workshop.xml
University of Oxford ‘Policy on the Management of Data and Records’: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/media/global/wwwadminoxacuk/localsites/researchdatamanagement/documents/Policy_on_the_Management_of_Research_Data_and_Records.pdf
DataFinder and DataBank Software:
DataFinder provides a catalogue of metadata relating to research data outputs held in definable locations. It was developed to provide the University of Oxford with a mechanism by which it could track the research data produced by its researchers. A user interface enables researchers to search and browse for datasets already recorded in DataFinder or to contribute (or edit) metadata records. DataFinder uses OAI-PMH harvesting to automatically discover records of data held in data repositories.
The DataFinder source code and technical documentation are available from https://github.com/BDLSS/datafinder
DataReporter is a semi-independent tool providing administrative information about data catalogued in an instance of DataFinder. Due to the departure of one of our developers before the end of the project this is still incomplete, but shall be endeavouring to get it to a usable level before the end of 2013.
The (incomplete) source code and documentation are available from https://github.com/BDLSS/datareporter-spring-mvc, https://github.com/BDLSS/java-client-databank, and https://github.com/BDLSS/datareporter-weld-cdi
Although the Damaro Project was not directly involved in developing DataBank, the data repository software that the University intends to use for its long-term data archive in the future, the close relationship between DataFinder and DataBank, including shared user interfaces and schemas, means that it is useful to list it here as an ‘indirect’ output.
Source code and documentation available from https://github.com/dataflow/RDFDatabank
Research Data Management Training for Science Researchers Survey
This survey helped us understand scientist’s perceived gaps in RDM expertise.
University of Oxford Research Data Management Survey 2012
This wide-ranging survey was conducted to help us understand RDM practices and attitudes across all four academic divisions at Oxford. It is intended to form the first installment of a longitudinal study to track changes in uptake and measure the impact of Damaro and other projects over coming years.
Survey results: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/docs/OxfordRDMsurvey2012_public.xlsx
Research Data Management Training for Support Staff: a DaMaRO Project Survey
This survey was undertaken in conjunction with the University of Southampton to assess RDM training requirements of support staff: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/docs/Research_Data_Management_Training_for%20_Support_Staff_-_a_DaMaRO_Project_Survey.pdf
Research Data Management Infrastructure – A Case for Investment
Presentation to Oxford’s Research Information Management Sub-Committee (RIMSC) requesting support for the resources required by the Damaro business plans.
Damaro Business Cases
A set of five brief business cases covering: DataFinder; DataBank; Training and Support; RDM Coordination; and the Online Research Database Service (ORDS) developed by the Damaro Project to make the case for future institutional funding.
These are not yet publicly available except in the summary provided at the end of the Case for Investment.
- DaMaRO Project Proposal – (PDF 347KB) – July 2011
- DaMaRO Project Plan (v.1.0) – (PDF 296KB) – December 2011
- Rumsey, S. (2012). Building an institutional research data management infrastructure. 11th July 2012, OR2012 (Open Repositories 2012) conference, Edinburgh – July 2012
- The poster designed for the JISC MRD workshop in October 2012 – October 2012
- The poster designed for the JISC MRD workshop in March 2013, summarizing the achievements of the project – March 2013
- Excel spreadsheet summarizing the results of a survey on research data management training for science researchers – November 2012
- A blog post discussing the results is also available
- Excel spreadsheet summarizing the anonymized results of the University of Oxford Research Data Management Survey 2012 – January 2013
- A blog post discussing the results of the RDM 2012 survey is also available
- Report summarizing the results of a survey gauging knowledge of research data management among University of Oxford research support staff – June 2013
- A blog post discussing the results of the support staff survey is also available
- Assessing the Costs and Benefits of RDM Projects : Sudamih and VIDaaS – (PDF 470KB) – December 2011
- Virtual Infrastructure with Database as a Service (VIDaaS) Project (introduction and project update for project staff in new JISC MRD Programme) – (PDF 886KB) – December 2011
- Research Data Management : Policy and Projects at Oxford. Wilson, J. A. J. (presentation to SIM4RDM workshoop, Zandvoort, Netherlands) – (link to external site) – April 2012
- Just Enough Metadata : Metadata for research datasets in institutional data repositories. Rumsey, S. (presentation to the DCC Workshop, ‘Institutional Repositories and Data – Roles and Responsibilities’ , Open Repositories 2012, Edinburgh.) – (PDF 609KB) – July 2012
- Infrastructure for Research Data Management at the University of Oxford. Wilson, J. A. J. (Videocast for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Seminar Series) – (YouTube video) – September 2012
- Services for research data at the Bodleian. Rumsey, S., Jefferies, N., Ananda, B. (UAS Conference, Oxford) – (link to external site) – September 2012
- Damaro: DataBank and DataFinder. Wilson, J. A. J. (JISC MRD Programme Workshop, Nottingham) – October 2012
- Building a research data catalogue: knowing what you’ve got and where it is. DataFinder at Oxford. Rumsey, Sally (Digital Curation Centre RDMF9: Shaping the infrastructure, Cambridge)– November 2012
- [Damaro Benefits Summary Slide]. Wilson, James A. J. (JISC MRD Benefits Workshop, Bristol)– March 2013
- Research Data Management and Open Data : A UK Perspective. Wilson, James A. J. (Presentation for INRA ((Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), Paris)– April 2013
- Getting Data Creators On Board with the Digital Curation Agenda: Lessons Learned in Developing Training for Researchers. Patrick, M. J., based on Getting Data Creators On Board with the Digital Curation Agenda: Lessons Learned in Developing Training for Researchers. Patrick, M. J. and Wilson J. A. J. (DigCurV International Conference: Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum, Florence Italy) – May 2013
- Research Data Management Infrastructure – A Case for Investment. Jeffreys, Paul et. al. (Presentation to RIMSC (Research Information Management Sub-Committee), Oxford)– May 2013
- Infrastructure to Support Research
- DaMaRO/DMPOnline Workshop on 28 June 2013 – register via the EventBrite page
Contacts: Wendy White <whw AT soton.ac.uk>; also ResearchData AT soton.ac.uk
Project Pages: http://datapool.soton.ac.uk/about/
Project Blog: http://datapool.soton.ac.uk/
Outputs Page: http://datapool.soton.ac.uk/datapool/
Key achievement, like Exeter, Oxford, Manchester and Bristol was a functioning, pilot RDM Support Service with allocated liaison staff: http://library.soton.ac.uk/researchdata/
See also Mark L. Brown and Wendy White, ‘Case study 2: University of Southampton – a partnership approach to research data management’ in Pryor et al. (2013), Delivering research data management services: fundamentals of good practice (Facet).
University of Southampton Research Data Management Policy http://www.calendar.soton.ac.uk/sectionIV/research-data-management.html
Guidance and support
Research Data Management web pages http://www.southampton.ac.uk/library/research/researchdata/
Scott, Mark, Boardman, Richard P., Reed, Philippa A.S. and Cox, Simon J. (2012) Introducing research data. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 29pp. http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/338816/
Beale, Gareth and Pagi, Hembo (2013) Datapool Imaging Case Study: Final Report. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 30pp http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350738
Byatt, Dorothy and White, Wendy (2013) Research data management planning, guidance and support: a DataPool Project report. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 16pp http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351027
Byatt, Dorothy, De Luca, Federico, Gibbs, Harry, Patrick, Meriel, Rumsey, Sally and White, Wendy (2013) Supporting researchers with their research data management: Professional service training requirements – a DataPool project report.Southampton, GB, University of Southampton http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352107
Byatt, Dorothy, Scott, Mark, Beale, Gareth, Cox, Simon J. and White, Wendy (2013) Developing researcher skills in research data management: training for the future – a DataPool project report. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 15pp http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351026
Hitchcock, Steve and White, Wendy (2013) Towards research data cataloguing at Southampton using Microsoft SharePoint and EPrints: a progress report. University of Southampton http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352813
Hitchcock, Steve (2013) Collecting and archiving tweets: a DataPool case study. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 10pp. http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350646
White, Wendy and Brown, Mark (2013) DataPool: Engaging with our Research Data Management Policy. University of Southampton, 6pp. http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351945
White, Wendy, Byatt, Dorothy and Hitchcock, Steve (2013) DataPool: final report. University of Southampton http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352949
Wisniowski, Arkadiusz, Chivers, Martin and Whitton, Michael (2013)Integrated Modelling of European Migration Database Case Study. University of Southampton, 8pp. http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350672
Data Cite DOI Registration plugin (with documentation) http://bazaar.eprints.org/id/eprint/304
Integrated Modelling of European Migration (IMEM) Database http://www.imem.cpc.ac.uk/
EPrints data deposit implemented in Soton Service using the ReCollect plugin, developed by Research Data @Essex JISC MRD project http://bazaar.eprints.org/
Byatt, Dorothy (2013) Mapping Training needs for the support team http://datapool.soton.ac.uk/2013/01/21/mapping-training-needs-for-the-support-team/ [blog]
Hitchcock, Steve (2013) Cost benefit analysis experience of Southampton research data producers http://datapool.soton.ac.uk/2013/03/21/cost-benefit-analysis-experience-of-southampton-research-data-producers/ [blog]
Beale, Gareth, Hitchcock, Steve, Pagi, Hembo and Boardman, Richard P. (2013) Supporting data management for 3D and raster data: lessons learned from the DataPool project. Presented at Society for Imaging Science and Technology Archiving, April 2-5 2013, Washington D.C Archiving, 9
Scott, Mark, Boardman, Richard, Reed, Philippa and Cox, Simon J (2013) Research Data Management Education for Future Curators. International Journal of Digital Curation 8(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.2218/ijdc.v8i1.261
Beale, Gareth (2012) DataPool 3D: surveying institutional data practice,Creative DigiFest, Oct 11 2012, Southampton
Beale, Gareth (2013) Imaging work looking at multi-disciplinary requirements and use of equipment, Jisc Managing Research Data Programme Workshop: Achievements, Challenges and Recommendations, Aston Business School, 25-26 March 2013
Byatt, Dorothy (2012) JISC DataPool Building capacity, developing skills, supporting researchers. Presentation at Demystifying Research Data: don’t be scared be prepared: A joint JIBS/RLUK event, Tuesday 17th July, Brunei Gallery at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London. http://www.slideshare.net/JIBSUK/dorothy-byatt-jibsrluk-event-july-2012
Coles, Simon, Milsted, Andrew and White, Wendy (2013) Implementing DOIs for Data: DataPool supporting institutional service development. In,Jisc Managing Research Data Programme Workshop, Achievements, Challenges and Recommendations, Birmingham, GB http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351178
Earl, Graeme (2012) JISC DataPool, Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, 26-19 March 2012, Southampton
Earl, Graeme, Beale, Gareth, Pagi, Hembo, White, Wendy(paper) JISC DataPool: The relationship between institutional and discipline based repositories, World Archaeological Congress, Jan 13-18 2013, Jordan
Hitchcock, Steve (2012) To architect or engineer? Lessons from DataPool on building RDM repositories, RDMF9, Nov 14-15 2012, Cambridge http://www.dcc.ac.uk/webfm_send/950
Scott, Mark, Boardman, Richard, Reed, Philippa,Cox, Simon J. (2013) Research Data Management Education for Future Curators, 14-16 Jan 8th International Digital Curation Conference, Amsterdam http://www.dcc.ac.uk/webfm_send/1139
White, Wendy, Byatt, Dorothy (2012), Research Data Guidance: turning policy into practice, JISC MRD Programme Meeting, Oct 24-25 2012, Nottingham
Byatt, Dorothy, Beale, Gareth, Hitchcock, Steve, Pagi, Hembo, Scott, Mark, Cox, Simon J., Earl, Graeme and White, Wendy (2013) Working collaboratively with PhD and early career researchers: agents for change. At8th International Digital Curation Conference “Infrastructure, Intelligence, Innovation: Driving the Data Science Agenda“, Amsterdam, NL, 14 – 16 Jan 2013. 1pp http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351492
Byatt, Dorothy, Hancock, Peter, Hitchcock, Steve and White, Wendy (2011) DataPool: building capacity, developing skills, supporting researchers. At 7thInternational Digital Curation Conference “Public? Private? Personal? Navigating the Open Data Landscape“, Bristol, GB, 05 Dec 2011 – 07 Dec 2013. 1pp http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343545
Hitchcock, Steve, Byatt, Dorothy, White, Wendy (2012), DataPool: building capacity, developing skills, supporting researchers, JISC MRD Programme Meeting, Oct 24-25 2012, Nottingham http://www.slideshare.net/jiscdatapool/datapool-progress-poster-oct-2012
Purpose and work of the project
Original DataPool Project proposal, accepted by JISC Nov 2011
Bath, Essex, Herts, Kaptur, Lincoln, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, UWE
Bath, Research 360
Contacts: Catherine Pink <email@example.com>
Project Pages: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/
Outputs Page: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/outputs/ see also deliverable list in Final Report (a significant number of deliverables were for internal consumption only).
Report: to be made available.
BOS Template: to be made available.
University of Bath EPSRC Roadmap: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2012/06/08/the-university-of-bath-roadmap-for-epsrc/
‘University of Bath Roadmap for EPSRC : Compliance with Research Data Management Expectations’: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/31279/
RDM Policy Development
Policy Development at University of Bath: report to be made available.
Policy in consideration in governance round.
Faculty-Industry RDM Case Studies for Policy Development: report to be made available.
RDM Guidance Pages
University of Bath RDM Guidance Pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/data/
University of Bath Strorage Guidelines: http://www.bath.ac.uk/bucs/aboutbucs/policies-guidelines/guidelines_storage.html
‘Advice on storing University of Bath information in the cloud’: http://www.bath.ac.uk/bucs/aboutbucs/policies-guidelines/cloud_storing_data_guidelines.html
Managing Your Research Data ‘PG skills’ training workshop: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/32296/
Main business case, confidential, but see:
Closing workshop poster: sustainability of project outputs: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2013/07/17/closing-workshop-poster-sustainability-of-project-outputs/ and http://opus.bath.ac.uk/35835/
Stakeholder Benefits Analysis, ‘Benefits from Research Data Management in Universities for Industry and Not-for-Profit Research Partners’: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/32509/
Benefits of RDM for REF 2014: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2013/06/10/research-data-management-and-ref2014/
Report, Research Data Management and REF2014: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/35518/
Data Management Planning
Note that this was a particular focus for R360 and their work was widely reused in the programme and elsewhere.
University of Bath Data Management Planning Guidance: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2013/07/30/university-of-bath-data-management-plan-template-and-guidance/
University of Bath Data Management Plan Template: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/36360/
Writing your data management plan : University of Bath DMP template guidance: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/36359/
DMP Guidance for Post-Grads
Updated postgraduate data management planning guidance: http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/research360/2013/07/10/updated-postgraduate-data-management-planning-guidance/
DMP for Postgrads: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/30772/
DMP Guidance for Postgrads: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/36009/
DMP Guidelines for Doctoral Training Centre
To be made available.
Project suffered challenges with SWORD-Sakai Integration, Sakai Development. Reports to be made available.
Eprints integration with Hitachi Content Platform. Report to be published.
Pilot institutional data repository.
Essex, Research Data@Essex
Contact: Veerle Van Den Eynden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Project Overview: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/create-manage/projects/rd-essex?index=0
Project Blog: http://researchdataessex.wordpress.com/
Summary of Project Outputs
Essex Research Data repository and ReCollect app
We developed a pilot institutional research data repository, Essex Research Data, for the University of Essex, built on EPrints repository software.
Extensive in-house customisation was done to make the EPrints software – initially developed for hosting research publications – more suitable for storing and presenting research data:
- expanded metadata profile – version two – based on standard metadata schemas such as DataCite, INSPIRE and the Archive’s DDI2.1 (version one of the metadata profile is still available)
- a metadata mapping table shows in more detail how metadata map across those standards
- user interface adapted to presenting complex data collections
- data repository policies
- a user guide for preparing and depositing research data in such institutional repository
- methodologies for attaching persistent identifiers to the data collections, including DataCite Digital Object Identifiers.
In collaboration with the EPrints team at Southampton we also developed the data repository app ‘ReCollect’ for the EPrints bazaar. This app allows institutions to set up their own EPrints-based data repository with expanded metadata profile for describing research data and a redesigned data catalogue for presenting complex collections.
The repository development and ingest report describes the development rationale, the metadata profile, the ingest testing with sample data and the consultation with Essex researchers and external specialists.
Research data management policy for the University of Essex
The University of Essex Data Management Policy and route map for compliance with the EPSRC Policy Framework were developed as part of this project and published in March 2013.
A University of Essex sustainability plan for data management infrastructure was developed by the project steering group, based on the project findings and expertise gained.
Research data management support and training
Data management planning guidance has been published on the website of the University of Essex Research and Enterprise Office.
A regular programme of Research Data Management workshops takes place for University of Essex researchers as part of the University of Essex Learning and Development programme.
A staff survey was held at the University of Essex during February 2012 to examine current practices and needs at the University of Essex with regards to data management planning, data sharing and a data repository. The report, summary results and questionnaire describe the findings of this survey, to which 13 percent of research staff responded.
Working with research hubs
A data inventory was carried out within four pilot departments to assess researchers’ data management practices, needs and expectations.
We developed a Data Inventory Form, derived from an earlier data management practices assessment carried out with research centres as part of the Archive’s DMP-ESRC project in 2011, and also based on the Data Asset Framework methodology.
The report Research Data Management at the University of Essex describes the findings of this assessment.
The four pilot departments are:
- Biological Sciences (proteomics and bio-imaging data)
- Essex Business School (management data)
- Language and Linguistics (second language acquisition and socio-linguistics data)
- Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (artificial intelligence data)
Events and presentations
25 – 26 March 2013, JISC Managing Rearch Data Programme Workshop: achievements, challenges and recommendations, Aston Business School
14-17 January 2013, Research Data @Essex poster, 8th International Digital Curation Conference
24 October 2012, JISC Managing Research Data Programme meeting, Nottingham
13 July 2012, Opening up research data at Essex: experiments with EPrints, EPrints User Group, OR2012, Edinburgh
21 May 2012, Research Data @Essex presentation, DCC Roadshow, Imperial College, London
13 December 2011, Research Data @Essex presentation, Research Data Managers’ Forum, University of Essex
1 December 2011, Research Data @Essex poster, JISC Managing Research Data Programme launch
Herts, RDTK (Research Data Toolkit)
Contact: William J Worthington <w.j.worthington AT herts.ac.uk>
Project Pages: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/
Draft Final Report: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2013/06/rdm-final-reports/ and http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/document/rdtk-final-report/
Herts RDM Guidance Pages: http://sitem.herts.ac.uk/rdm/home.html this was the major output and comprises very comprehensive guidance pages.
Research Data Assets Survey: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2012/05/research-data-assets-survey/
Survey Results: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2012/08/data-asset-survey-results/ and http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/document/rdtk-data-asset-survey-results-jul-2012/ and http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/document/rdtk-data-asset-survey-digest-july-2012/
Summary of Herts RDM Policy: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2012/02/uh-research-data-policy-in-a-nutshell/
RDM Case Studies: http://sitem.herts.ac.uk/rdm/case-studies.html
See Final Report Deliverables list for numerous discussions of RDM challenges.
Use of Hybrid Cloud Services:
Review of cloud storage services: features, costs, issues for HE: http://bit.ly/12Jn2yz
Files in the cloud: http://bit.ly/R583If
Files transfer rate tests: http://bit.ly/1266WsJ
Analysis of barriers to use of local networked storage: http://bit.ly/12Gleqg
Hybrid-Cloud model: when the cloud works and the attraction of Dropbox et al.: http://bit.ly/Xvmidr
Hybrid-Cloud example: Zendto on Rackspace, integrated with local systems: http://bit.ly/11In83q
UH file exchange: https://fileexchange.herts.ac.uk/
Cost of ad-hoc storage: http://bit.ly/19ilycQ
Cost of data loss event: http://bit.ly/13RSckb
Storage Allocation Workflow
Request ‘Research Storage’ Form: http://bit.ly/17V7J8t
Research Grant and Storage Process: http://bit.ly/14kvCB0
Request ‘Research Storage’ Workflow: http://bit.ly/12d2aJP
Comparison of data licenses, blog: http://bit.ly/12DmXfR
Comparison of data licenses, report: http://bit.ly/13NC7gA
Contact: Leigh Garrett <lgarrett AT ucreative.ac.uk>
Project Website: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/index.html
Outputs Page: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/index.html
Final Report: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/KAPTUR_final_report.pdf
Environmental Assessment report http://www.research.ucreative.ac.uk/1054/ and methodology available here: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/kaptur-environmental-assessmentmethodologypublic
Research Data Management Discussion paper: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/research-data-management-rdm-discussion-paper
Research data management policies for four partner institutions: Available from: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/policy-and-legal/institutional-data-policies/uk-institutional-data-policies
University of the Arts London: http://www.arts.ac.uk/media/arts/research/documents/UAL-Research-Data-Management-Policy-2014.pdf
Goldsmiths University: http://www.gold.ac.uk/research-data/
Glasgow School of Art: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/GSAResearchDataManagement_DRAFT.pdf
Training Plan: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/kaptur-rdmtrainingplan
Training Workshops: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/tag/rdmtraining
Xerte Toolkit for Researchers: https://xerte.ucreative.ac.uk/xertetoolkits/play.php?template_id=40
Xerte Toolkit DMPs: https://xerte.ucreative.ac.uk/xertetoolkits/play.php?template_id=39
Xerte Toolkit for Visual Arts Data Managers: https://xerte.ucreative.ac.uk/xertetoolkits/play.php?template_id=41
Technical Analysis report: http://www.research.ucreative.ac.uk/1239/
IT Costs Model: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/kaptur-it-costs-public
(N.B. report includes link to the spreadsheet which is available on VADS site)
Business Plan Template: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/kaptur-businessplantemplatepublic
Institutional and Technical Case Studies:
Glasgow School of Art: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/GSA2013.pdf
Technical Case Study: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/Technical2013.pdf
End of Project Conference: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/research-data-matters-in-the-visual-arts-registration-5197142794
Contact: Rachel Proudfoot <R.E.Proudfoot AT leeds.ac.uk>
Project Website: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/roadmap-project
Project Blog (ongoing): http://blog.library.leeds.ac.uk/blog/roadmap/
Ongoing Research Data Activity Home: http://library.leeds.ac.uk/research-data
The RoaDMaP project bid (PDF download) – bid as submitted to JISC in July 2011
RoaDMaP Project Plan (PDF download) – March 2012
RoaDMaP Work Packages (PDF download) – March 2012
RoaDMaP Project Information Sheet and Consent Form (Word doc) – June 2012 – required as part of gaining ethical clearance for RoaDMaP at the University
RoaDMaP Benefits Report (draft)- July 2013
RoaDMaP Final Report (draft) – July 2013
University RDM policy
▪ University of Leeds Research Data Management Policy (July 2012)
▪ University of Leeds Research Data Management Policy Background – link to drafts and feedback
▪ Research data website – information to support the RDM Policy and good RDM practice.
▪ Research Data Survey Report (Excel)
RDM Case Studies
- Timescapes Case Study Report (Sociology). Timescapes blog posts by Professor Bren Neale – Timescapes: Archiving and sharing Qualitative Longitudinal data ; Timescapes: Archiving and sharing Qualitative Longitudinal data – Part 2 (response to Simon Hodson)
- Music Case Study Report (music of Trevor Jones)
- Engineering Case Study Report (SpineFx)
Data management planning
▪ DMPOnline plan formatting (blog post)
▪ DMPOnline developments (blog post)
Software systems and metadata
▪ Research data repository functional requirements (working draft)
Training / people
▪ Pilot training with Engineers – presentation, handbook and feedback
▪ Pilot training with Social Scientists – presentation, handbook and feedback
▪ Training with Research Support Staff – presentations and feedback
▪ Training with Pre-award Support Staff – presentations and feedback
Interim Funding (Aug 2013- July 2014)
Contacts: Joss Winn <jwinn AT lincoln.ac.uk>, Paul Stainthorpe <pstainthorp AT lincoln.ac.uk>
Project Website: http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk
Outputs Page: http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/final-report/
Final Report: http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/final-report
Requirements Analysis: An initial requirements analysis was created. The project team met with researchers in the School of Engineer every two weeks throughout much of the project. Two early Case Studies were written: https://github.com/lncd/Orbital-Core/wiki/Case-Studies
Implementation Plan: An Implementation Plan for the technical infrastructure was produced. This included a Technical Specification, Literature Review, Data Assets Framework survey results, and a draft RDM Policy. http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/04/05/implementation-plan/
Development and implementation of a pilot OAIS technical infrastructure for research data: A discussion of Orbital and the OAIS reference model was posted to the website: http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/02/10/orbital-and-the-oais-reference-model/
Documented open source licensed code for Orbital Bridge ‘Researcher Dashboard’ Application: https://github.com/lncd/Orbital-Bridge [current]
Orbital Researcher Dashboard: https://orbital.lincoln.ac.uk/ ; see http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2013/05/03/the-researcher-dashboard/
Blog Posts on Development of Orbital Bridge Researcher Dashboard: Orbital Bridge https://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/09/04/a-bridge-to-the-skies/ See also Orbital deposit workflow https://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/12/06/orbital-deposit-of-dataset-records-to-the-lincoln-repository-workflow/ Datacite workflow https://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/12/05/orbital-ams-ckan-eprints-datacite/
The use of CKAN by Orbital was very influential and Orbital led on a CKAN for RDM workshop held in Feb 2013: http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2013/02/27/ckan-for-rdm-workshop/ See also: Hello CKAN http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/08/17/hello-ckan/ Choosing CKAN for research data management https://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2012/09/06/choosing-ckan-for-research-data-management/
For trial and uptake of CKAN by MRD Projects see: https://research-computing.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2013/11/27/using-ckan-for-research-data-management/
Paper, ‘Open Data and the Academy: An Evaluation of CKAN for Research Data Management’: https://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2013/06/07/open-data-and-the-academy-an-evaluation-of-ckan-for-research-data-management/ and http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/9778/1/CKANEvaluation.pdf
Lincoln CKAN instance: https://ckan.lincoln.ac.uk/
Lincoln ePrints, used for dataset metadata: http://eprints.lincoln.ac.uk/
Guidance, Policies and Training
Researcher Guidance, Research Tools: https://orbital.lincoln.ac.uk/researchtools
‘Policies Affecting Your Research’: https://orbital.lincoln.ac.uk/training-policies
Guidance and Training Materials: https://orbital.lincoln.ac.uk/training-introduction
University of Lincoln Research Data Policy: https://orbital.lincoln.ac.uk/rdm-policy
Business Plan for Further Development of Project Outputs: https://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2013/03/28/team-meeting-notes-winding-down-tidying-up-moving-forward/
Contact: Janet Wheeler <janet.wheeler AT ncl.ac.uk>
Project Pages: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/iridium/aboutourproject/
Project Blog: http://iridiummrd.wordpress.com/
Outputs Page: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/iridium/outputs/
Newcastle RDM Guidance Site: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/rdm/
RDM support materials
RDM tools development
iridium CKAN Java Client code base (Github)
iridium DRAFT policy principles and code of good practice (archived 10 December 2012) (see institutional RES policy page for most recent version)
iridium RDM requirements interview questions (example main questions)
Contact: Tom Parsons <Thomas.Parsons AT nottingham.ac.uk> and Bill Hubbard <Bill.Hubbard AT nottingham.ac.uk>
Project Pages: https://admire.jiscinvolve.org/wp/about/
Project Blog: https://admire.jiscinvolve.org/wp/
Outputs Page: https://admire.jiscinvolve.org/wp/project-outputs/
Final Report: to be posted.
University of Nottingham RDM Guidance Site: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/research-data-management/index.aspx
Project Management and planning
Evaluation and Benefits
The University of Nottingham Research Data Management Policy
Research Data Repositories Strategy
RDM Human Infrastructure and Support Service
Research Data Management website
RDM Business Case Documents
RDM Technical Infrastructure
- ADMIRe RDM Technical Requirements Report
- ADMIRe RDM Requirements Catalogue
- RDM Use Case Focus Groups Format
- Faculty based research data management use cases:
- ADMIRe Medicine and Health Science Use Case
- ADMIRe Engineering Use Case
- ADMIRe Science Use Case
- ADMIRe Arts and Social Sciences Use Case
- ADMIRe Sero Combined Focus Group RDM Findings
- ADMIRe Research Data Management Metadata Schema
- ADMIRe RDM Process Model and Use Case Analysis
- ADMIRe DMP Online Analysis
- ADMIRe EQUELLA Research Data Repository Pilot
- ADMIRe BPM Metastorm Data Catalogue Development
- Pilot identification – ADMIRe The University of Nottingham Pilots
- Faculty of Arts – ADMIRe Faculty of Arts Data Licences Pilot
- Faculty of Engineering – ADMIRe Faculty of Engineering Storage Pilot
- Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – ADMIRe Faculty of MHS DAF Pilot
- Faculty of Science – ADMIRe Faculty of Sciences Metadata Pilot
- Faculty of Social Sciences RDM Training Pilot – ADMIRe Graduate School MANTRA Pilot
Communications plans and promotional material
- Nottingham RDM Communications Plan March 2013 (post-ADMIRe)
- Nottingham RDM Flyer (web format)
- Nottingham RDM Postcard – Print Ready
- Nottingham RDM Pull Up Banner
End of project report
ADMIRe JISC end of project report
Creating a Research Data Management Service – IDCC 2013, Dr Thomas Parsons, University of Nottingham
UWE, MRD Pilot
Contacts: Jennifer Crossley <Jennifer.Crossley AT uwe.ac.uk>; Liz Holliday <liz.holliday AT uwe.ac.uk> (Stella Fowler and Judith Stewart have moved on).
This project was funded at less than half of the Jisc contribution of others in the programme. As a result of great enthusiasm and hard work, the team punched considerably above its weight in terms of outputs and programme engagement.
Final Report Executive Summary: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/Executive%20Summar1.pdf
University Library RDM Pages: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata.aspx and http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata/managingresearchdata/guidance.aspx
WP1 & 2 Case Study on Understanding UWE Requirements: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/servicesforresearchers/datamanagement/managingresearchdata/projectoutputs/phase1.aspx
UWE RDM administrative infrastructure: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/draft-admin-processes-v1-%20simple.pdf
WP3: Developing a Service
Metadata Development and ePrints Customisation: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/Web%20version%20Objectives%20requirements%20and%20standards%20for%20a%20data%20repository%20v4.pdf
Draft Institutional RDM Policy Principles: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/RDM%20Principles%20Jan%2013.pdf
WP4: Developing Online Guidance
Raising your ReDMan: Approaches to Research Data Management Conference: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata/managingresearchdata/raisingyourredmanconference.aspx
Reskilling for Research Data Management: A Workshop for Academic Librarians: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata/managingresearchdata/reskillingforrdmworkshop.aspx
C4D, PIMMS and SWORD-ARM
C4D (Cerif for Datasets)
Contacts: Valerie McCutcheon <valerie.mccutcheon AT glasgow.ac.uk>, Anna Clements <akc AT st-andrews.ac.uk> and Kevin Ginty <gintyk AT gmail.com>
Project Pages: http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/
Deliverables Page: http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/c4d-deliverables/
The first part of this project (WPs 2-4) looked at how Cerif could be adapted to accommodate information about datasets. The second part (WP5), sought to implement this and other aspects of RDM at Glasgow and St. Andrews.
RDM at Glasgow (also Incremental Project), includes draft RDM Policy: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/datamanagement/rdm-at-gu/
RDM at St Andrews (DCC institutional Engagement): http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/itsupport/academic/research/projects/rdm/ and https://research-computing.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/category/rdm/
Final Report: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/86350/
WP2: Metadata Process Definition:
D2.1_Metadata_Ontology Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d2-1_metadata_ontology_v2-1_final.docx
D2.2_Taxonomy_Definition Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d2-2_taxonomy_definition_v2-3.docx
WP3: Repository Interface Definition
D3.1_Ontology_Upload_Requirements Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d3-1_ontology_upload_requirements_v2-2a.docx
WP4: Extension of Existing Platforms
D4.1 Interim C4D system – http://c4dbeta.unis4ne-system.net/login.cfm
D4.2 Final C4D system – http://c4dbeta.unis4ne-system.net/login.cfm
WP5: Deployment Planning and Costing
D5.3_Institutional_Research_Data_Management_Policy_Proposals Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d5-3_institutional_research_data_management_policy_proposals-final.docx
D5.4_Guidance_notes_for_researchers Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d5-4_guidance_notes_for_researchers-final.docx
Reading, PIMMS (Portable Infrastructure for the Metafor Metadata System)
Contacts: Charlotte Pascoe <charlotte.pascoe AT stfc.ac.uk>
Project Pages: http://proj.badc.rl.ac.uk/pimms
Project Blog: http://proj.badc.rl.ac.uk/pimms/blog
Final Report: to be posted.
Key output was the functioning PIMMS metadata manager for climate science http://www.ceda.ac.uk/projects/pimms/
PIMMS on Github: https://github.com/cedadev/pimms
PIMMS as centralised web service: http://web1-dev1.ceda.ac.uk/pimms
Presentation at European Geophysical Union Conference: http://www.slideshare.net/CharlottePascoe/pimmsegu2013c
Contacts: Julian Richards <julian.richards AT york.ac.uk> and Catherine Hardman <catherine.hardman AT york.ac.uk>
Project Pages: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/research/swordarm
Project Blog: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/blog/sword-arm/
The principal output of this project was development, rollout and cost-benefits work around the ADS Easy Archive System
Outputs Page: to be created.
Final Report: to be posted.
We have created an online system for the upload of small to medium sized archaeological archives. It can be seen at: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/easy/
Blog post have been written at important stages of the project, they can be seen at http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/blog/sword-arm/
Moore, R; C Hardman; J Richards and L Xia forthcoming ‘ADS easy: an automated e-archiving system for Archaeology’. In CAA 2012: Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, England. G Earl, et. al (eds.). Amsterdam University Press (forthcoming)
Members of the SWORD-ARM project were amongst ADS staff who attended the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) annual conference at the Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham in April. We had the opportunity to display our new poster on the ADS stand and talk to many of the delegates about the plans to roll out the ADS-easy system to the community in June 2013. We were also able to incorporate information about the system, and how it will work, in to a specific IfA training workshop on digital archiving. Initial feedback from those at the training workshop was really positive; but interestingly the attendees quickly identified that the requirement for archiving should ideally be enforced through either the planning brief or museum deposition requirements.
SWORD-ARM presentation from the MRD meeting in Nottingham October 2012: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/attach/swordarm/JISCMRD.pdf
A SWORD-ARM presentation about Benefits and Evidence from the project given at a JISC workshop in Bristol November 2012: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/attach/swordarm/ADS_easy_bristol_29-30Nov2012.pptx
Please let me have any updates or corrections by email to laura.molloy AT glasgow.ac.uk, particularly if your project has outputs listed here as ‘to be made available’, which are now available. Thanks!