Joint meeting of IG Domain Repositories, IG Libraries for Research Data IG Long tail of research data & IG National Data Services: Building Connections between Libraries, Discipline Repositories and Data Services

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25 September 2015- BREAKOUT 7 - 09:30

The current landscape for research data management is very diverse and contains multiple players including domain repositories, institutional data repositories, national data services, and others. This session will explore this complex and rapidly evolving landscape to begin to chart a course for how these different players can co-exist and work together to create a more cohesive and integrated environment for research data management. The program will consist of 10-20 minute reports from each IG describing their practices, interests and concerns, followed by a discussion of which topics resonate across the IG’s and developing a plan for addressing these topics over the near and longer term. Topics of interest proposed for discussion to date include:
- Sustainability strategies 
- Common infrastructures
- Co-existence and complementarity between domain repositories, institutional repositories, and other types of repositories and data services
- Strategies for improving interoperability across data repositories
- What policies have been adopted by repositories and are their best practices that can be shared?
  • Libraries for Research Data IG
  • Long Tail Data IG
  • Domain Repositories IG
  • National Data Service IG

Contact Person: Ruth Duerr

Co-chairs: Bob Hanisch, George Alter, Peter Doorn


  • Veerle Van den Eynden's picture

    Author: Veerle Van den ...

    Date: 16 Sep, 2015

    This may be relevant background info for this session: an update on UK discovery service activities across institutional research data repositories (long tail data) and national discipline repositories.

    The Jisc UK Research Data Discovery Service project that seeks to develop a registry for research data collections held in UK research institutions and subject data centres is in its second phase (Nov 2014 - July 2016) and the partnership has been extended to include 7 data centres and 9 university repositories which are representative of the UK research data landscape, so to ensure that this discovery service works across all scientific disciplines. This discovery service will serve as an platform to showcase the wealth of UK research data and provide users with a coherent point of access to discoverable, searchable, browsable and actionable descriptions of given datasets and details on how to access them.

    The partners now involved include: Jisc, Digital Curation Centre, UK Data Archive, Archaeology Data Service, NERC Data Catalogue Service, ISIS ICAT data catalogue, UK Energy Data Centre, Visual Arts Data Service, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, University of Hull, University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, Oxford Brookes University, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Leeds and University of Lincoln. These partners form 3 advisory groups that oversee the various activities: Technical and Metadata Advisory Group, User Advisory Group and Researcher Advisory Group.

    So far the project has finalised a list of use cases for the service from which the detailed technical, functional, metadata and other requirements will be extracted. Examples of some use cases are: promoting datasets held by different repositories/data centres for cross-disciplinary research; enabling researchers to showcase their data as impact for the Research Excellence Framework; helping institutions to find research datasets created by all their own researchers; and helping researchers to understand the quality and reusability of datasets and their metadata. As technical system solution CKAN has been selected.

    Further information is available on the project website and blog


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