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Ischools workshop - 4 - data discovery


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Data discovery and metadata - Natasha Simons
Research Data Management workshop at the iSchools Data Science Winter Institute, 7-9 December 2017, University of Hong Kong

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Ischools workshop - 4 - data discovery

  1. 1. Natasha Simons Managing Research Data Workshop Data discovery and metadata iSchools Data Science Winter Institute Hong Kong 7 December 2017
  2. 2. Why do people search for data?
  3. 3. Why do people search for data*? •Exploratory/Scoping •Reuse/Secondary data analysis •Can be starting point or ad hoc •Peer review •Reproduce/extend results •Repurpose (e.g. for mashups, visualisations, simulations) •Verify claims (e.g. report findings) *Not in any order; not exhaustive!
  4. 4. How do people find data?
  5. 5. How do people find data*? •Google •Ask a colleague •Find link to data in a journal article •Data journals •Data registries e.g. re3data •Open data portals e.g. •Institutional repositories •Data / Discipline repositories e.g. Dryad •Project website •Data discovery aggregators like Research Data Australia •Library catalogues, databases *Not in any order; not exhaustive!
  6. 6. Characteristics of finding data When creating metadata records, keep in mind that finding data is: ● Movable feast / changing beast ● No standard practice, universal standard or vocab ● Databases are non-exhaustive ● Methods for searching and terms driven by why people are looking and how the data is stored
  7. 7. FAIR Data To aid discovery and reuse, data needs to be: ● Findable ● Accessible ● Interoperable ● Reusable More on FAIR Data: ● FAIR Data Principles (FORCE11): ● ANDS and FAIR Data: ● FAIR Data ANDS Webinar series: (FAIR Data Playlist) ANDS/Nectar/RDS “FAIRground” booth at eResearch Australasia 2017
  8. 8. Hands-on exercise: data description Your task: 1. Divide into pairs 2. Each pair take one of the CSV data files 3. Describe the data by creating a metadata record. Think about: title, creators, date, short description and so on. You have 15 minutes - go!! If you are unfamiliar with metadata, take few minutes to view the introductory video at:
  9. 9. Class discussion How did you go? What did you learn? Here are the original metadata descriptions: CSV dataset #1 - data CSV dataset #2 –
  10. 10. Australian data discovery portals
  11. 11. Open data case study University of Tasmania - IMAS Marine Data More Open Data project stories: (Open Data Playlist)
  12. 12. Research Data Australia
  13. 13. TERN - Terrestrial/ecology data
  14. 14. AURIN - urban research data
  15. 15. Atlas of Living Australia
  16. 16. National Library’s TROVE
  17. 17. re3data includes Aus data repositories
  18. 18. With the exception of third party images or where otherwise indicated, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 International Attribution Licence. ANDS, Nectar and RDS are supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program (NCRIS). @n_simons Natasha Simons