Welcome to the blog for the Jisc UK Research Data Discovery Service. On this blog you will be able to find out about the project’s progress. The following provides some background to the three phases of the project.
Phase 1 (Oct 2013 – March 2014)
In 2013, the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) piloted an approach to a registry service to aggregate metadata for research data held within UK universities and national, discipline specific data centres.
This six month pilot, which engaged the support of a number of higher education institutions (HEIs), tested an existing data registry architecture, based on the software and metadata requirements of Research Data Australia developed by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). Its aims were to demonstrate the feasibility of a research data discovery service for the UK and to develop a better understanding of the optimal technical platform, metadata strategy and harvesting mechanism.
An essential feature was to initiate the engagement with stakeholders from the HEIs and data centres to ensure the pilot was designed to meet stakeholder requirements.
Phase 2 (March 2015 – Sept 2016)
This Jisc-led second phase of the project included support from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the UK Data Service (UKDS), on HEI and data centre engagement respectively. It built on the pilot work with the aim of running a test UK research data discovery service.
The main aim of the second phase was to lay the firm foundations for the service by harvesting metadata from nine HEIs and six data centres. These pilot organisations provided metadata of their research data collections for harvesting, provided a set of user requirements and helped to test the alpha system. The alpha service was made publicly available during development to ensure the research community had the opportunity to test its functionality.
This phase came to an end with a final workshop for all participants where the alpha system was tested, requirements were reviewed and the plans for the next phase were presented.
Phase 3 (Oct 2016 – Dec 2017)
The third phase of the project has the following objectives:
- Enhance the service by adding further requirements
- Incorporate other participants’ metadata (potentially for all HEIs with research data collections)
- Run as an enhanced beta service to allow for further testing
- At the end of the project have a fully functional system ready to operate as a service (provided it meets the relevant criteria and the business case is agreed within Jisc)
Further information about the project is available on the project page on the Jisc website under the Research and Development section – UK Research Data Discovery Service project page.