#iassist40 presentation, Toronto, 6/6/2014.
Edinburgh DataShare, an institutional data repository, is six years old. It was built as a demonstrator in DSpace by EDINA and Data Library and has been given new life by the University of Edinburgh’s Research Data Management initiative. Following testing by pilot users in various departments last year, DataShare is confirmed as a key RDM service. Since 2008 much external infrastructure has grown around data sharing, and software developers, publishers and librarians are creating new innovations around the sharing and re-use of data daily. How can DataShare be shaped to fit in to this ever-more-sophisticated environment? A number of ongoing developments are helping us integrate the repository in the global context. DataShare is being indexed in Thomson-Reuter’s Data Citation Index. We aspire to attain the Data Seal of Approval for DataShare, a badge that confers trustworthiness through peer review. It is listed in re3data.org and databib registries of data repositories. We offer via extension, peer review of datasets to our depositors by listing journals that publish ‘data papers’ such as F1000 Research. Locally, as Information Services builds new data services such as the Data Store, [private data] Vault and the [metadata-only] Register, we can focus DataShare on its named purpose.