Open Access Week timetable now available

We’re running an intensive week of Open Access and research data management events and training during Open Access Week, 22-26 October – take a look at the timetable

Alma Swan, Cameron Neylon, Brian Kelly, Mark Hahnel, Mark Thorley and so much more!

If anyone from outside Exeter would like to attend please let us know, we’d be happy to accommodate you if we know you’re coming.

Posted under Open Access, Training

This post was written by Jill Evans on September 26, 2012


Advocacy and the DAF – new Open Exeter case study

Readers may be interested in a new case study describing how the Open Exeter team promoted our online DAF survey. The survey attracted 284 responses, a very respectable response rate which we feel is a result of the advocacy and promotional work carried out before and during the survey. You can read or download the survey from our repository:

Posted under Advocacy and Governance, Case studies, Online survey

This post was written by Jill Evans on September 26, 2012

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New dataset in our archive

Like many projects we’re still trying out various prototypes for the transfer and deposit of big data (GBs and TBs) – Ian has blogged a bit about this.

However, many of Exeter’s key datasets are not that large and I’ve just deposited one of these in our pilot data repository:

This is the Cogeme Phytopathogenic Fungi and Oomycete EST Database developed by Dr Darren Soanes, a member of Professor Nick Talbot’s Molecular Genetics group.

This is freely available under a CC-BY licence.

I’d be interested to see what people think about the metadata. Let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

Posted under Exeter Data Archive, Metadata

This post was written by Jill Evans on September 21, 2012

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Research data management survival guide for new PhD students

In time for our new PGR intake this week, we’ve just released a one-page research data management survival guide:

This has been produced in conjunction with our six Follow the Data postgraduate students. Based on their own experiences as new students they have developed year-by-year tips on handling the main RDM issues and a checklist of resources for RDM activities and skills. In other words, ‘what I know now that I wish I had known then’.

It’s great to see how our PGRs have grown in skills and confidence in managing and talking about their data and fantastic that they can now share this knowledge with others.

I hope others will find this document helpful – please do use freely, and let us have your feedback.

Posted under PGR students, Training

This post was written by Jill Evans on September 17, 2012

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Prototype No. 2 – SWORD, Globus FTP and importing by reference

In parallel to our development using SWORD to try to solve the issue of uploading large research data  to Dspace, we’ve been working on another prototype which uses a bit of SWORD along with an FTP client (Globus) and Dspace’s own command line script for importing data into the archive.

The process works as so:

1) The user uploads their research data from their own device (PC, iPad, etc) up to ATMOS (remember we have this storage facility) using the Globus FTP client. We’ve played about with Globus and have initilly created a script to sort out the certificatation that Globus requires to transfer files between locations. Globus has many advantages here in that, in the event of any stoppage, the upload should be resurrected

2) Once uploaded the user uses a GUI that is build from the input-forms.xml file on the dspace server to enter metadata and choose the files on the server they have just uploaded. They can then submit to the archive.

Behind the scenes, Dspace is creating a set of files required for the command line ‘import’ script to submit the files by reference to the archive. In this way, the final stage works much quicker.

As you can see, this is a two stage process, with the user uploading the files and then submitting them to the repository, however, we have ideas to allow the user to do everything at the upload stage, or if the files sizes are not so large, there is a part to the GUI for simply uploading files straight to dspace as in a normal submission.

And where does SWORD come in? We use it to get the service document.

Testing continues…


Posted under Technical development

This post was written by Ian Wellaway on September 14, 2012