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Improving RDM through closer integration of electronic lab notebooks and data repositories

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Thoughts on improving research data capture through better integration of e-notebooks and data repositories. Delivered at EUNIS 2018

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Improving RDM through closer integration of electronic lab notebooks and data repositories

  1. 1. Improving RDM through closer integration of electronic lab notebooks and data repositories EUNIS 2018 Christopher Brown and Rachel Bruce, Jisc Rory Macneil, Research Space Nigel Goddard, the University of Edinburgh 6 June, 2018
  2. 2. Overview ❖ Focus on getting data out of repositories overlooks constraints on getting data in ❖ Electronic notebooks emerging as an important vehicle for organising active data ❖ ELN  repository data flow is still clunky ❖ The future: ➢ ‘Connected’ ELNs ➢ Tighter ELN  repository integration ❖ Jisc Research Data Shared Service ➢ Current Scope ➢ Plans to include ELNs
  3. 3. Current repository rrent repository focus and limitatio Manipulate Access ? Query Other repository Interoperate Data Deposit Barriers to use • Hard work to prepare deposit • No support for tools already in use e.g., ELN
  4. 4. The emergence of ELNs as a key active data research tool ❖ELNs ➢ For life sciences and related areas ➢ For active research phase: organisation of data ➢ But often just another data silo! ❖ Connected ELNs ➢ For data from other sources, e.g., microscope ➢ During active research: import and link ➢ Streamlined export to repositories
  5. 5. RSpace: the first Connected ELN
  6. 6. Benefits of integrated ELN  repository workflow ❖Limits need to reorganize data for deposit ➢ Saves time and effort for researchers ➢ Increases interest in depositing data ➢ Increases amount of data entering repositories ❖ELNs as a tool for data curation ➢ Platform for data curators and researchers to work together on data curation ➢ Data already organised, freeing data curators to work on higher level curation ❖Additional benefits with Connected ELN ➢ Include data from other tools and resources in deposits ➢ Direct deposit from within ELN to repository
  7. 7. Developments Needed ❖Conceptual ➢ Recognition of the benefits of ➢Connected ELNs as data organising tools ➢Enhanced ELN  repository workflow ❖ Practical ➢ Development of Repository APIs ➢ for highly organised, heterogeneous data ➢ ingestion, query, export
  8. 8. Why a Research Data Shared Service ❖ There is no single “solution” easily available that meets requirements for universities to enable better management of research data ➢ Managed research data shared service ➢ Repository, preservation, reporting and interoperability components ➢ Help institutions meet funder policy compliance ➢ Enables reuse of research data for better research ➢ Enables good practices in research data management ➢ Allows for financial and resource efficiencies ➢ Allows researchers to easily publish, archive and preserve their research outputs
  9. 9. Overview of Jisc Research Data Shared Service Jisc Research Data Shared Service Capture & reuse Preserve Report Cost-effective improvement in research data access and reuse • Deposit • Describe • Store • Publish • Assure Integrity • Normalise • Transform • Curate • Flag at-risk data • RDM planning • Costs • Service performance • Audit trails • Compliance and benchmarking API’s and Member Dashboards Secure managed storage Shared standards-based technology framework 3rd party tools Integration with local systems OpenStandardInterfaces (APIs) Advice & best practice • Research data management toolkit and network Research data • Secure outputs • Accelerate research • Grow reusable data value • Managed storage included https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/research-data-shared-service
  10. 10. RDSS Framework Jisc beta repository Jisc provided preservation Jisc reporting Full reporting capabilities or APIs available Core RDSS offering Fully accredited infrastructure, technical underpinning and interoperability with UK Data centre cloud hosting for your data by Jisc Bronze, Silver or Gold data storage packages available Jisc research systems framework repositories Jisc research systems framework preservation Jisc research systems framework CRIS Available framework options
  11. 11. Next Generation Research Environment ❖ Recommendations and actions - http://bit.ly/NGRE_recs ❖Promote the adoption of concepts, standards and identifiers that are beneficial to Jisc members. ❖Ensure Jisc services are developed in such a way that they can be integrated or accessed via APIs and standard interfaces as much as possible. ❖Investigate work required in the RDSS for closer integration between active and archival research data, and for integrating research data and research administrative data
  12. 12. Research Tools in an Open Science Service ❖ Framework ➢ Procurement framework for ELNs (including assessing current tools and level of demand) ❖ Exploratory ➢ Explore interoperability between ELNs, repositories and Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) using open standards ❖Integration ➢ Technical integration of ELNs within the RDSS

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