RADAR: Researching a Data Asset Registry

April - July 2011, funded internally by Information Services' sustainability fund.

The aim of this project is to carry out the planning and technical work needed to scope a data asset registry as anticipated in the LAIRD project (2009-2010), liaise with academic and support staff to explore ways to populate an official University data asset registry, and to work with the EDINA Linked Data Focus project to build a demonstrator based on Linked Open Data principles.

Aims and objectives

1. To support the proposed University Research Data Management Policy, in particular principle 6, “Any data which is retained elsewhere, for example in an international data service or domain repository should be registered with the University.” This policy in itself aims to support the 2009 UK Research Integrity Office’s (UKRIO) Code of Practice for Research which has been adopted by the University.

2. To pursue transparency and openness in making information available about publicly funded research, in line with government policies and statements of intent such as the 2011 RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy.

3. To build a demonstrator ‘data asset registry’ (DAR) that is technically robust and scalable, based on open linked data protocols, using records exported from Edinburgh DataShare in the first instance.

4. To explore the linkages and resources that would be required to sustain a service-level data asset registry within the University through liaison with various university stakeholders and support units, for example, with ERI and the new research publications system to be built on a Current Research Information System software platform.

5. To discover ways to reduce the burden of recording/reporting by researchers through identifying workflows that could harvest existing sources of information.

6. To research the state of the art in the field and the implications of important national and international developments, such as the DataCite initiative and the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) names registry.

The project will report progress on a blog:

Robin Rice Data Librarian
Tel (Mon/Fri): +44 (0)131 651 1317
Tel (Tue/Wed/Thu): +44 (0)131 651 1431

Item originally published 10th May 2011.

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