Update on UK activities: Jisc UK Research Data Discovery Service project

16 Sep 2015
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In advance of the meeting at RDA6 next week, a quick update from the UK.

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 https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/uk-research-data-discovery and blog http://rdds.jiscinvolve.org/wp/