UKRDDS Phase 3 – enabling discovery of research data

In my previous post, I described the latest phase (three) of the Research Data Discovery Service. In this post I’d like to describe in more detail the plans for harvesting metadata from other UK HEIs and Data Centres with research data collections.

In phase 2 metadata was harvested from 9 HEIs (Hull, St Andrews, Glasgow, Oxford Brookes, Edinburgh, Oxford, Southampton, Leeds and Lincoln) and 6 Data Centres (Archaeology Data Centre, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, ISIS/ICAT – STFC, UK Data Service, Visual Arts Data Centre and NERC), all funded to participate in the pilot. The participants also provided a set of requirements for a discovery service, provided harvestable endpoints and helped test the alpha system as it developed. As the project progressed, a further five HEIs (Sheffield, Bath, Nottingham, Lancaster and Bristol) volunteered to be involved and we started to incorporate their metadata into the system near the end of phase 2.

I’m glad to say that all of the participants from phase 2 are keen to continue to be involved in the project. In phase 3 we plan to add as many UK HEIs and Data Centres, that have research data collections, into the Discovery Service. There are a number of institutions that are also part of the Research Data Shared Service and the Research Data Metrics for Usage projects and, if they haven’t already been involved in this project, we will be looking to include them as well. However, at this point we would like to hear from any other institutions that have a research data collection and an endpoint that we can use to harvest the metadata into the Discovery Service. It was clear in phase 2 that some institutions have well established research data management policies and practices, while others are less well advanced. It doesn’t matter what stage of this process you have reached, we would still like to hear from you.

We will be working to enhance the current test service, adding functionality to match requirements, and ensuring there is a fully functional and tested system ready to transfer to a production service (provided it meets the relevant criteria and the business case is agreed within Jisc). Incorporating other participants’ metadata (potentially for all HEIs with research data collections) is an important objective of the project.

If you are interested in being involved in this latest phase of the project, or would like to discuss this further, please contact Christopher Brown.


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