These terms are used throughout this section of the site.
- Research data
- That which is collected, observed, or created in a digital form, for purposes of analysing to produce original research results.
- A set of files containing both research data - usually numeric or encoded - and documentation sufficient to make the data re-usable.
- Any digital files such as a codebook, technical or methodology report or user guide, which explain the research data’s production, provenance, processing or interpretation.
- Information about a data item in the repository, including descriptive metadata such as title and other fields used in a citation, and administrative metadata such as date of submission. Usually conforms to a standard to allow computer-to-computer interoperability.
- Research output
- A term used to cover all research publications, and artefacts such as presentations, and not normally used to include research data.
- Digital repository
- Differs from other digital collections in that: "content is deposited in a repository, whether by the content creator, owner or third party; the repository architecture manages content as well as metadata; the repository offers a minimum set of basic services e.g. put, get, search, access control; the repository must be sustainable and trusted, well-supported and well-managed." (Digital Repositories Review, Heery and Anderson, 2005)
- Edinburgh DataShare
- The name for a digital repository hosted at the University of Edinburgh that stores datasets and metadata about them on the internet. A service for University of Edinburgh researchers to store their completed research data for access by others.
- Open Access
- Access to material via the Internet in such a way that the material is free for all users to read and use. (Wikipedia)
- The name of the software platform used for the data repository service (and the Library's Publications Repository Service).
- A DSpace term used to group collections in a repository. Can be a school or other unit of the University.
- A group of datasets, or items. Can be named after the research unit responsible for creating the data or given its own name.
This article was published on Sep 4, 2013