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A JISC-funded Managing Research Data project

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Research Data Management Policy approved

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:58:06 +0000

I am very pleased to announce that our Research Data Management policy, which was one of the main objectives of the Orbital project, has been approved by the university’s Research Committee. The process of drafting the policy began in April 2012 as a collaborative effort between Orbital team members from the Centre for Educational Research […]

Come and work with us on research data at Lincoln #jiscmrd

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:02:28 +0000

I’m immensely excited that the following Grade 7 developer job at the University of Lincoln (initially for a fixed term of two years) is now open for applications. Please contact me if you’d like to discuss the role. If you don’t know Lincoln, it’s an interesting, historic small city and the University’s waterside Brayford Pool […]

Open Data and the Academy: An Evaluation of CKAN for Research Data Management

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:50:34 +0000

In August 2012, the Orbital project made the decision to adopt CKAN as part of a technical infrastructure for RDM. In February, due to interest from other universities, we held a workshop in London that looked more closely at ‘CKAN4RDM’. At the end of May, I presented a paper on the use of CKAN for […]

Throw down the SWORD

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:34:01 +0000

With the Orbital project at its end, and plans for a University research information / research data service afoot, I’m reviewing the excellent work carried out by our (now-departed) developers Harry Newton and Nick Jackson – work which linked up CKAN, the Orbital ‘bridge’ application, and the Lincoln Repository (EPrints) using SWORD – described in earlier blog posts here and here. “One […]

Data Management Planning

Fri, 03 May 2013 08:20:55 +0000

In February, Joy Davidson and Kerry Miller from the Digital Curation Centre visited Lincoln to run a workshop around ‘Data Management Planning’. The workshop was aimed at staff who support researchers at Lincoln and was very well attended by 14 colleagues from the Library and Research and Enterprise. Both Joy and Kerry gave presentations, which […]

The Researcher Dashboard

Fri, 03 May 2013 07:35:05 +0000

At the JISC MRD final programme meeting, I demonstrated the work we’ve done to integrate disparate research information systems at Lincoln and begin to develop a workflow between them for the deposit of datasets. Below, are two videos which run through the website and application that was called ‘Orbital Bridge’ and is now referred to […]

Research data documentation and training materials

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:08:50 +0000

The final within-project version of the Orbital Research Data Management training materials are now live on the Orbital Researcher Dashboard website. They have been written collaboratively by the Orbital project team, and draw on a lot of existing RDM training and guidance material from across the web (in particular, from the DCC). We intend that […]

Team meeting notes: Winding down, tidying up, moving forward

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:51:56 +0000

We had a quick Orbital team meeting this afternoon. Not everyone could attend, but here’s what was reported: Joss is writing up the final report for JISC and, along with Paul Stainthorp working with the Dean of Research and University Librarian to establish and resource a new ‘Research Information Service’. This service will bring together […]

Robotics data now stored in CKAN

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:01:50 +0000

I’ve had to delay this post until confirmation of Tom’s project funding came through, but I’m pleased to be able to say that we’ve published our first complete research dataset(s) on CKAN. Some months ago, Researchers, Tom Duckett and Feras Dayoub, came to us asking if we could host their data to support two publications […]

APIs first!

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:06:21 +0000

After testing the new SWORD2 endpoint for our new ePrints 3.3 instance, we found that a significant change was needed for the SWORD library. Minor changes included the endpoint, which became …/id/contents instead of …/sword-app/deposit/inbox, and the structure of the XML changing from tags to tags. The main change was the implementation of how the XML was [...]