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ORCID Report Published by Jisc

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

This report summarises some views on potential uses of the ORCID unique global person identifier and includes linkages to CERIF:


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CERIF For Datasets – Paper

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m very pleased that Nikos Houssos will be presenting our Cerif For Datasets paper at the forthcoming conference:

We also included a link to the outputs of our recent workshops in the latest EuroCRIS newsletter on 2nd September.



Categories: C4D, CERIF, Dissemination, euroCRIS

CERIF 4 Datasets Workshops Outputs – July 2013

August 2, 2013 2 comments
Discussing issues Glasgow

Discussing issues Glasgow

Many thanks to everyone who attended the workshops in Glasgow and London and contributed to the lively exchange. It was great to see so many colleagues travelling from near and far to take part and share their experiences.

A summary of the feedback from those who returned a form can be viewed here:

Attendees Feedback

Overall feedback was very positive.  In fact I noticed that the most negative comments came from the project team members ourselves!

An informal ammalgamated summary of the discussion notes is available now:

Issues Discussed at CERIF 4 Datasets Workshops July 2013

The key issues raised included:

1) Clarifying the specification for research data management
2) Getting Senior Management committment
3) Setting up suitable systems and processes
4) Getting staff to engage with Research Data Management
5) Quantifying costs and getting budget
6) Integration of services across organisational boundaries

As well as including key points in our final report to Jisc we will be following up on some of these issues e.g. for item 1 we will speak to ARMA about co-ordinating work on clarifying data management requirements. More blog posts may result and there may be email requests and updates to workshop attendees.

simon hodson speaking at London

Simon Hodson speaking at London

breakout group london

Breakout group London

Workshop Slides

Jisc Background to the RDM Programme

RCUK data policy

Project Key Findings and CERIF overview

Sunderland Case Study

Glasgow Case Study

St Andrews Case Study

Digital Curation Centre support

Archeology Data Service

UK Data Archive  This team provide lots of freely available training & other resources

If we have any comments on the report, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the comment button below or by email to

Any other ideas or comments not covered at the workshop are most welcome and will be considered for the project manager’s final report which I plan to post on this blog by the end of September.

Anna and I are both away on holiday next week but I will follow up on any comments or feedback on my return week commencing 12th August.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped to make the workshops a success.

CERIF for Datasets Workshop London 26th July

July 29, 2013 2 comments

Our workshop went very well on Friday.

Thanks again to all attendees for their contributions, to speakers and to City University for the room and on the ground support for IT, catering and general housekeeping.

A summary of the discussions from the Glasgow and London workshops along with slides will be posted on the blog as soon as we can.

It was clear that people are very keen to continue to share and join up ideas on Research Data Management and minimise duplication of effort as far as possible.

Categories: CERIF

New Version of CERIF Available for Testing

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

We are excited that a new version of CERIF has been released for testing. This new version incorporates enhanced capabilities to facilitate metadata about datasets and had been delivered taking into consideration recommendations from the C4D project and other initiatives. Visit the site
for more information.

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Data discussions and ePrints UK User Group

June 18, 2013 1 comment

Late last week we went off to London.  There were several meetings:

1) Met with Datacite reps at the British Library to discuss University of Glasgow contract – hopefully we will be signing up soon

2) Met with Essex rep to discuss standardising ePrints offering for data registration

3) Ran the first ever ePrints UK User Group where amongst other things we had a look at the Essex data registry and noted that the resultant ReCollect plug-in is available via the ePrints bazaar and should provide a good basis for data registration for any site considering setting something up.  We agreed that Glasgow and Essex reps would form a data mangement sub-group and post some discussion matter on the google group site.  If you are an ePrints site and want to join the group search for eprints at:!overview and send a join request.

Any problems feel free to email me direct





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Research Data Metadata: Various Standards

It’s evident from work on the project that there are a number of emerging standards for research data metadata.

The work done on C4D so far has looked at metadata requirements, researching standards already out there, and coming up with a proposed metadata set for datasets.

Two new registries have recently been launched, (Registry of Research Data Repositories) and the Data Citation Index (DCI), both of which aim to provide a “single point of access” to quality research data from repositories across disciplines and around the world.

I have drawn a comparison between these registries and the work done on CERIFying datasets, and it would be useful to align these further in order that a comprehensive set of generic metadata elements can be devised and CERIFied.

I have attached a mapping between RE3data and DCI elements, together with the proposed initial CERIF implementation. I have also attached further information on DCI and RE3Data for reference.

Any comments or queries welcome!

DCI RE3 CERIF Mapping snapshot