What is it?
• Originally ORDs: Oxford Research Database
• Database as a Service
• Designed to support data storage and
manipulation during the ongoing research work.
• Hosted on Oxford’s own servers.
• For the long tail of researchers who had little or
no access to share database services
• Now moving to the cloud to be TrunkDB
• Hosted and secure
• Can share with colleagues
• Can create multiple versions
• Not just sitting on researchers computer
• As technical people we think of a database as
• However researchers think primarily of the
– How it was created
– How it is updated and recorded
– How it has changed over time
• The original ORDs was designed to be a
service for the data not the database
Shared Datasets, API
• By creating a static view on the data.
• When specified as public this data is available
from the database API
• The full API is also available so new clients can
be created to present the system.
• New clients would need to integrate with
Shibboleth to access the majority of the API
Where is it?
• Currently entering private beta
• Will be entering public beta early in the new
• Release of service is scheduled for June next
• The service is at https://trunkDB.com
• The code that runs it is open source and
available on github under than ORDs