Discussion has taken place as to the initial fields that will appear in the next version of Pure and a number of basic dataset metadata fields will be implemented, with the emphasis being on data discoverability and citation as a first step.
These will be at a very generic level, partly due to awaiting the confirmation of the initial version of CERIF for datasets specification from euroCRIS and partly due to the need for extensive work on specifying and CERIFying subject-specific datasets.
I’ve been speaking to colleagues at Essex and Southampton again comparing the metadata fields we have manifested in our initial ePrints data registries. Lots of commonality – hurrah! Some interesting differences.
We’ve got this item on the list for discussion at the forthcoming ePrints user group meeting on 14th June.
We have not currently included the geographic data fields in our registry for a couple of reasons:
- Waiting for EuroCRIS to confirm initial CERIF version of metadata fields. The C4D project submitted a specification as a suggestion and EuroCRIS are reviewing this along with other suggestions. I think this should be ready soon.
- We wanted to start with a generic registry rather than include lots of specialist fields.
I’m interested in finding out how other organisations are dealing with specialisms – incorporating a wide range of fields into their registry? I’m hoping that many of the additional details will be held in subject and funder repositories which data creators store their data in and we can point to those and avoid repeating details. However I guess there will be exceptions and we need to work out suitable approach. People can always upload additional information in our text fields or as documents but that does bring other issues.
A proposal for a workshop on “Linking and Contextualizing Publications and Datasets” has been accepted at the TPDL 2013 conference (Malta, September 2013 – http://www.tpdl2013.info/) – the proposal has been submitted by Paolo Manghi (CNR), Lukasz Bolikowski (ICM), Jochen Schirrwagen and Nikos Houssos (euroCRIS Board). The workshop provisional web page is at http://lcpd2013.research-infrastructures.eu)
This is the primary conference for digital libraries in Europe with a topic very relevant to C4D and related projects investigating research data management.
In the last week or so:
I attended a meeting at the University of St.Andrews mainly attended by DSpace users. I gave an overview of the C4D project and activity at the University of Glasgow and we had a discussion around our registry fields. Some organisations had made more progress that us in terms of training and policy but few had reached decisions on Datacite or equivalent or ORCID as we have done at Glasgow. This reminded us to try harder to find out what others have been doing and there was a great spirit of sharing in the room. Now to contact Edinburgh to ask about the citation suggestions that they have ‘pop up’ on their data repository……
We’ve been screening all the new publications lodged with our open access process – encouraging mention of dataset where this is not included, and looking for examples. Things were slow but then I got an email from our repository team showing a good example which we are comparing with our registry metadata.
Requirements gathering and analysis for longer term data management support is on-going at the University of Glasgow. This includes meetings with groups of staff, staff interviews, and a survey which closes on 17th May – yes we can share a summary of this – do feel free to ask if I forget!