Jisc MRD programme 2011-13: Outputs and Approaches

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

Bristol, Data.Bris

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:

Launch of Service: http://data.bris.ac.uk/2013/08/20/launch-of-data-bris-pilot-research-data-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/

RDM Training: http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/rdmtraining/ and in particular the ‘BootCamp’ http://data.bris.ac.uk/research/bootcamp/

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/

Case Studies:

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 Pages: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/projectinformation/

Project Blog: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/openexeterrdm/

Final Report: to be posted

Outputs Page: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/openaccess/openexeter/projectoutputs/

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

Our Story

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:

Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for Researchers

Open Access Research and Research Data Management Policy for Postgraduate Research Student

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.

Case Studies

The project produced various case studies:

1. Developing Research Data Management Policy at Research Group Level: A Case Study with the Marine Renewable Energy Group.

2. Electronic versus paper record keeping in scientific research: a case study for the Open Exeter project.

3. My Journey into Research….Beginnings: Issues Involved in Working with Human Subjects to Capture and Document Emotional Responses.

4. PhD Research and Copyright: A Personal Experience.

5. The Cricket-Tracking Project: a case study.

Training Materials

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/


Manchester, MiSS

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/


Oxford, DaMaRO

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/

DaMaRO Outputs:

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 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 software

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

DataBank software

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.

Survey results: http://damaro.oucs.ox.ac.uk/docs/RDM%20for%20sciences%20-%20training%20survey%20results.xlsx

Associated blog post: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/damaro/2012/11/21/damaro-survey-results-research-data-management-training-for-the-sciences/

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

Associated blog post: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/damaro/2013/01/03/university-of-oxford-research-data-management-survey-2012-the-results/

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

Associated blog post: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/damaro/2013/06/14/survey-results-research-data-management-knowledge-and-training-needs-among-university-of-oxford-research-support-staff/

Business Case

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.

Project Proposal

Project Plan



Survey results




Southampton, DataPool

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).

DataPool Outputs


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

Technical outputs

Data Cite DOI Registration plugin (with documentation)  http://bazaar.eprints.org/id/eprint/304

Arkivum A-Stor Storage Backend plugin (with user documentation)  http://bazaar.eprints.org/285/ (Updated Version released 28/06/2013 http://bazaar.eprints.org/313/; documentation)

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 <bs3cjp@bath.ac.uk>

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).

Requirements Report

Report: to be made available.

BOS Template: to be made available.

EPSRC Roadmap

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/

RDM Training

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/

Business Case

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.

RDM Platform

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 <veerle@essex.ac.uk>

Project Overview: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/create-manage/projects/rd-essex?index=0

Project Outputs: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/create-manage/projects/rd-essex?index=1

Project Blog: http://researchdataessex.wordpress.com/

Final Report: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/media/402404/researchdataessex_finalreport_01.pdf

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:

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

Research Data @Essex final poster

Research Data @Essex presentation

14-17 January 2013, Research Data @Essex poster, 8th International Digital Curation Conference

24 October 2012, JISC Managing Research Data Programme meeting, Nottingham

Research Data @Essex poster

Data Management Planning presentation

Triage presentation

Repository presentation

Metadata presentation

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/

Post Project Roundup: http://research-data-toolkit.herts.ac.uk/2013/10/university-of-hertfordshire-rdm-roundup-october-2013/

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

Data Licenses:

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

Requirements Analysis:

Environmental Assessment report http://www.research.ucreative.ac.uk/1054/ and methodology available here: http://www.slideshare.net/kaptur_mrd/kaptur-environmental-assessmentmethodologypublic

Policy Development

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/

University for the Creative Arts: http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/research_governance and http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/datamanagement

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

Training Materials

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 Support

Technical Analysis report: http://www.research.ucreative.ac.uk/1239/

Demonstrator Systems:

DataStage: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/datastage

CKAN: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/ckan

EPrints: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/eprints

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:

Goldsmiths: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/Goldsmiths2013.pdf

Glasgow School of Art: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/GSA2013.pdf

UAL: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/UAL2013.pdf

UCA: http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/outputs/UCA2013.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


Leeds, Roadmap

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

Project Documentation

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

Project outputs

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.

Requirements analysis

▪     Research Data Survey Report (Excel)

▪     Research Data Survey questions

▪     Questions for a semi-structured interview with RoaDMaP case study projects

RDM Case Studies

  1. 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)
  2. Music Case Study Report (music of Trevor Jones)
  3. Engineering Case Study Report (SpineFx)

Data management planning

▪     Data Management Planning Report

▪     DMPOnline plan formatting (blog post)

▪     DMPOnline developments (blog post)

Software systems and metadata

▪     Research data repository functional requirements (working draft)

Virtualised storage

▪     Test objectives for virtualised storage

▪     Virtualised storage report

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

▪     Perspectives on Research Data Management- 24th May 2012 – presentations and blog posts

▪     Training Working Group Aims and Membership

▪     List of the main training and awareness activities undertaken by RoaDMaP.

Interim Funding (Aug 2013- July 2014)

▪     Paper to senior University management to secure post-project funding for further service development


Lincoln, Orbital

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/


Newcastle, Iridium

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/

Final Report: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/iridium/iridium_final_report_v2.pdf

Newcastle RDM Guidance Site: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/rdm/

RDM support materials

iridium external RDM support/training materials review (External support review (xls))

iridium stakeholders HFI mapping

iridium research data management plan template and guidance

iridium Newcastle context DMPonline (v3) guidance

iridium research data management support website

RDM tools development

iridium research data catalogue specification

iridium research data catalogue user testing

iridium e-Science Central SWORD specification

iridium SWORD endpoint within e-Science Central (Sourceforge) Test Data

iridium CKAN case study

iridium CKAN Java Client code base (Github)

iridium DMPonline (v3) external tool evaluation

iridium external RDM tools assessment

Policy development

iridium DRAFT policy principles and code of good practice (archived 10 December 2012) (see institutional RES policy page for most recent version)

Requirements gathering

iridium online survey report v2.2 (summary)

iridium online survey report v2.1

iridium interview thematic analysis (summary) v1

iridium interview thematic analysis v1

iridium RDM requirements interview questions (example main questions)

Online survey PDF form (v7d)


Nottingham, Admire

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

ADMIRe Project Plan Public May 2013

ADMIRe – Nottingham Project Office Plan and Scope 2012-13

Evaluation and Benefits

ADMIRe Benefits Management Plan

JISC ADMIRe Benefits and Metrics Report

RDM Policies

The University of Nottingham Research Data Management Policy

ADMIRe RDM Policy Requirements Review

Research Data Repositories Strategy

ADMIRe RDM Repository Strategy Requirements

RDM Human Infrastructure and Support Service

Research Data Management website

RDM Human Infrastructure and Skills

RDM Training Paper

RDM roles and skills

RDM Business Case Documents

ADMIRe RDM Business Case Steering Group Slide Pack

ADMIRE Supporting Research Data Management at the University of Nottingham Discussion Paper

RDM Technical Infrastructure

  1. ADMIRe RDM Technical Requirements Report
  2. ADMIRe RDM Requirements Catalogue
  3. RDM Use Case Focus Groups Format
  4. Faculty based research data management use cases:
  1. ADMIRe Research Data Management Metadata Schema
  2. ADMIRe RDM Process Model and Use Case Analysis
  3. ADMIRe DMP Online Analysis
  4. ADMIRe EQUELLA Research Data Repository Pilot
  5. ADMIRe BPM Metastorm Data Catalogue Development

RDM Pilots

  1. Pilot identification – ADMIRe The University of Nottingham Pilots
  2. Faculty of Arts – ADMIRe Faculty of Arts Data Licences Pilot
  3. Faculty of Engineering – ADMIRe Faculty of Engineering Storage Pilot
  4. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – ADMIRe Faculty of MHS DAF Pilot
  5. Faculty of Science – ADMIRe Faculty of Sciences Metadata Pilot
  6. Faculty of Social Sciences RDM Training Pilot – ADMIRe Graduate School MANTRA Pilot

Communications plans and promotional material

  1. Nottingham RDM Communications Plan March 2013 (post-ADMIRe)
  2. Nottingham RDM Flyer (web format)
  3. Nottingham RDM Postcard – Print Ready
  4. Nottingham RDM Pull Up Banner

End of project report

ADMIRe JISC end of project report

Conference Papers

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).

Project Pages: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata/managingresearchdata.aspx

Outputs Page: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata/managingresearchdata/projectoutputs.aspx

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: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/UWE%20MRD%20Final%20Report%20v1.2.pdf

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

EPrints Requirements: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/eprints-data-repository-uwe.pdf

Guidance and Training Needs: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/guidance-and-training-needs-final.pdf

Target Operating Model: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/tom-march-2012-v1.3.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

Guidance and Training Needs: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/guidance-and-training-needs-final.pdf

Guidance and Training Structure: http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/services/library/using_the_library/Services%20for%20researchers/Online%20Guidance%20Structure%20Flow%20Chart%20-%20v2%20for%20report.pdf

UWE Online Guidance: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/researchers/manageresearchdata/managingresearchdata/guidance.aspx

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 (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

D3.2_Metadata_Upload_Requirements_Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d3-2_metadata_upload_requirements_final.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

D5.5_Research_Data_Management_Framework_Final: http://cerif4datasets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/d5-5_research_data_management_framework_final.docx

Workshop Reports: http://cerif4datasets.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/cerif-4-datasets-workshops-outputs-july-2013/


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


York, Sword-Arm

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 posts   

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)

Conference attendance

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!