Friday, 29 February 2008

My Faves for Thursday, February 28, 2008

Following on from the StORe project, a JISC press release announces that UKDA-store will be launched on 30 June 2008 at the NCRM Methods Festival in Oxford. UKDA-store uses repository software to aid researchers to deposit data with the UK Data Archive and to self-archive their data. Astrid Wissenburg, Director of Communication and Information at the ESRC is quoted as saying that "The ESRC welcomes the creation of UKDA-store as a valuable tool for the archiving of social science data, and is complementary to the ESRC's publications repository."

[tags: announcement, service, data repositories, social science data, UKDA, data centres]

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

My Faves for Tuesday, February 26, 2008

WRAP is a a blog to chart the progress of the Warwick Research Archive Project. Recent posts include thoughtful musings on the potential effects of Harvard mandating open access, attitudes of academics towards pre-prints, and the new European Research Council Guidelines for Open Access [including primary data].

[tags: blog, institutional repositories]

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Saturday, 23 February 2008

My Faves for Friday, February 22, 2008

Quoted: This blog aims to serve as a tool to both record the progress of the Scoping Digital Repository Services for Research Data Management project and to disseminate outputs and information about relevant activities in the converging domains of data curation, institutional repositories and e-Research.

(Luis Martinez Uribe was a DISC-UK member at LSE until this year and has contributed deliverables to the DataShare project. We will keep in contact with him and wish him well with his project at Oxford.)

[tags: research data, repositories, Oxford, blogs]

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Thursday, 21 February 2008

Two project presentations available

Two presentations from our project team meeting reported here on 11 February have been posted on the DataShare website. Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), and Guidelines and Tools for Repository Planning and Assessment, both by Ann Green, Digital Life Cycle Research & Consulting.

See http://www.disc-uk.org/deliverables.html

- Robin Rice

My Faves for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This article of JISC Informs by Judy Redfearn says that "data management is rising up the political agenda". Some scenarios by researchers are given, and repositories are offered as a possible solution, naming some JISC projects from the Digital Repositories Programme.

[tags: data management, articles, data curation, JISC]

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

My Faves for Monday, February 18, 2008

This article describes the work currently underway at Monash University to rethink the role of repositories in supporting data management. It first describes the context within which the work has taken place and some of the local factors that have contributed to the inception and continuation of this work. It then introduces the idea of a Data Curation Continuum and describes the various continua that might be applicable in a repository data management context. The article then discusses some of the implications of this approach, before reviewing related work.

[tags: data management, repositories, project, data curation, australia]

The aims of the Centre are to assist to improve the research performance of the University through:

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improved use of ICT technologies,
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improved dialogue between IT developers in the Faculty of IT and end-user researchers in the other faculties,
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improved dialogue between ITS and researchers,
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nurturing development of e-Research and GRID technologies,
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engagement with industry and government and
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engagement with national and international collaborations.

[tags: data curation, australia]

Cyberscholarship: High Performance Computing Meets Digital Libraries - by William Arms

[tags: data, libraries]

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

My Faves for Wednesday, February 13, 2008

DRIVER, or the Digital Repositories Infrastructure Vision for European Research, is a joint collaboration between ten European partners which aims to create a knowledge base for European research. DRIVER is funded by the EU (FP6) and puts in place a test-bed of digital repositories across
Europe, to assist with the development of a knowledge infrastructure for the European Research Area. The project builds upon existing institutional repositories and national networks, from countries including the Netherlands,
Germany, France, Belgium and the UK.

Note pages 138 -151 provide an informative overview of data curation tool, procedures, and data quality in an IR environment

[tags: DRIVER, institutional repositories, data sharing]

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

My Faves for Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Library of Congress Webcast: Using METS and MODS to Create XML Standards-Based Digital Library Applications

[tags: metadata, data, xml, webcast]

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Tuesday, 12 February 2008

My Faves for Monday, February 11, 2008

The Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange website has links to standards, guidelines, implementations, tools.

[tags: metadata, statistics]

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Monday, 11 February 2008

DataShare face-to-face meeting

Project members from the DISC-UK DataShare met on 5 and 6 February in Edinburgh for what proved to be a productive meeting. Day one comprised of a number of talks: JISC Programme activities and evaluation (Andy McGregor); Geospatial Application Profile (James Reid); STORE/CLADDIER II (Philip Hunter); Digital Repository Requirements: tools and guidelines & DDI overview (Ann Green); IPR in Databases (Mags McGinley); Open data draft licence (Charlotte Waelde); Web 2.0 data visualisation tools (Stuart Mccdonald). Day two comprised of a number of themed discussions including: developments at each institution; repository requirement guidelines and policies; metadata and advocacy; in addition to demonstrations of institutional IRs. Day two finished with a presentation by Dr Rustam al-Shahi Salman on data sharing issues from a clinical scientitst. The slides from this meeting can now be found on DISC-UK DataShare Jiscmail (login required). The files are found in the Meetings/Face2Face directory.

Stuart Macdonald

Saturday, 9 February 2008

My Faves for Friday, February 08, 2008

Peter Murray-Rust, a reader in molecular informatics at the University of Cambridge, has a vision. In his vision, software robots roam the network collecting scientific information, which they aggregate and process to arrive at new insights.

[tags: data, open data, articles]

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Friday, 1 February 2008

DDI and Institutional Repositories briefing paper

DDI, the Data Documentation Initiative, is the "codebook standard" for quantitative social datasets. This new briefing paper from the DataShare project explains the DDI as a form of metadata, how version 3 embraces a life-cycle approach to data management, and how the DDI could be exploited by OAI-compliant data repositories.

DDI and Institutional Repositories, by Luis Martinez, released 1 February, 2008.

See also http://www.disc-uk.org/deliverables.html for other project deliverables.