Wednesday, 27 August 2008

My Faves for Tuesday, August 26, 2008

UKDA has built a fedora-based repository for self-archiving of ESRC-funded data outputs that do not fit the ESDS collections development policy, allowing a larger body of research data to be shared.

[tags: data sharing, data repositories, data centres, data archives, social science data]

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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

My Faves for Monday, August 25, 2008

Report from the Boston Globe regarding MIT researchers posting 'raw scientific data' on an online website. This article introduces the open access concept to a wide audience - to quote the researcher, "We're a generation who expects all information is a Google search away,".... "Not only is it a Google search away, but it's also released immediately. As soon as it happens, the video is up on YouTube and on all the blogs. The old model feels kind of crazy when you're used to this instant information."

[tags: Open Access, Open Science, open data, MIT]

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Friday, 22 August 2008

My Faves for Thursday, August 21, 2008

Canada currently has no nationally adopted standards or policies governing how research data is collected, catalogued, or preserved. A new collaborative effort has been set up to address the challenges surrounding the access and preservation of this data. The Research Data Strategy (RDS) Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers with a shared recognition of the pressing need to deal with Canadian data management issues.

[tags: Research data, data management, Canada]

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

New DataShare Deliverable: Southampton and Oxford Data Audits





In the coming months the Universities of Southampton and Oxford will conduct data audits using the JISC Data Audit Framework Methodology as part of the JISC DISC-UK DataShare project.


JISC funded the Data Audit Framework (DAF) Development Project to develop a methodology to enable universities to carry out exercises to map research data resources and data management practices across departments and research centres. This should help departments and institutions to identify what data they have, where they are located and how they are being looked after as well as to raise awareness of the importance of actively managing research data. Four projects were funded to pilot the methodology at University College London, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, and King's College London.


In the University of Oxford, Luis Martinez-Uribe will conduct the data audit as part of the Scoping Digital Repository Services for Research Data Management project. After having captured requirements for services to assist researchers with their data management, Luis will use DAF to gain deeper understanding of the research data held in some departments and those data published on departmental websites.


Harry Gibbs and Teresa McGowan will be leading the DAF work at the University of Southampton aiming to build a picture of the research data used and generated in the School of Social Sciences and to gain understanding of the School’s current data management processes.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

My Faves for Monday, August 18, 2008

Canada currently has no nationally adopted standards or policies governing how research data is collected, catalogued, or preserved. A new collaborative effort has been set up to address the challenges surrounding the access and preservation of this data. The Research Data Strategy (RDS) Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of universities, institutes, libraries, granting agencies, and individual researchers with a shared recognition of the pressing need to deal with Canadian data management issues.

[tags: Research data, Canada, data management]

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Saturday, 16 August 2008

My Faves for Friday, August 15, 2008

A write-up of this workshop by Martin Donnelly. Includes a summary of the DataShare project manager's talk about Edinburgh's experience reaching out to potential depositors in the University and how we are using the Data Audit Framework Implementation project as an adjunct to this ongoing effort. Also includes interesting summaries of talks by other players in terms of data sharing at the University of Edinburgh.

[tags: data sharing, articles, data publishing]

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Tuesday, 5 August 2008

My Faves for Monday, August 04, 2008

Quoted: The RIN report "To share or not to share: Publication and quality assurance of research data outputs" (June 2008) presents the findings from a study of whether or not researchers do make their research data available to others, and the issues they encounter when doing so.

[tags: data, research data, report, RIN]

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Saturday, 2 August 2008

Post Repository Fringe notes

Fred Howell (from Textensor Ltd) gave an interesting demo/presentation on how to enhance your repository with online PDF / Word / HTML annotation using A.nnotate - a tool that can be used by researchers to share and edit and comment on ideas, papers, online articles. A lot more intuitive, streamlined and functional than Google Docs and the like users can use this tool complete with a host of Web 2.0 functions for free (30-100 pages per month). For further information visit: http://a.nnotate.com/.

Another gadget that may be of interest although I've yet to play with it is the Widgenie numeric data visualisation tool (similar to Numbrary, Infochimps, Swivel etc) - "the all-powerful data visualizer" - a feature I'm interested in exploring is the use of data from one of Widgenie's data feed partners (a feature coming soon). I'd be interested to hear from anyone that has used the utility in anger and how it compares to other visualisation utilities.

Finally following on from my presentation at Repository Fringe "Open Data, Open Minds - web 2.0 data visualisation tools" I had a new look at the Palimpsest project where Google want host large scientific datasets (see URL: http://research.google.com/) - "(Google people) are providing a 3TB drive array (Linux RAID5). The array is provided in a “suitcase” and shipped to anyone who wants to send their data to Google. Anyone interested gives Google the file tree, and they SLURP the data off the drive. I believe they can extend this to a larger array ( 20TB?)" - They have also earlier made a claim to be interested in researchers' 'dark or negative' data i.e. data from inconclusive or failed experimentation. Any comments?

Stuart Macdonald
DISC-UK DataShare

My Faves for Friday, August 01, 2008

Another Web2.0 data visualisation utility - similar functionality as Many Eyes, Swivel but with (forthcomong) data feed partners which can be trawlwd for useful data

[tags: data visualisation, open data]

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