Oxford DMPonline Project update (March 2012)

Since the start of the Oxfod DMPonline Project, we’ve been working on a number of things in preparation for the main body of work, which will (a) involve embedding SWORDv2 into the DCC’s DMPonline system, so that its outputs can form a SWORD submission, and (b) customizing the DCC’s DMPonline system for use  in the University of Oxford.  That main body of work has been awaiting the release of v3 of the DCC system,that was scheduled for the end of February.

This post is a round-up of our activities and where we are going next.

  1. Richard had an initial meeting at the DCC to discuss the approach we will should take to embedding SWORDv2 into their software.  From this, we have an outline design for the integration which will be published soon.
  2. David and Richard attended a JISC programme meeting in London, bringing together our project with the related Data Management Planning for Secure Services Project (DMP-SS), our JISC Programme Manager Simon Hodson, and the DCC’s DMPOnline personnel Adrian Stevenson and Marin Donnelly.  Hosted at the Institute of Child Health by the DMP-SS PI Tito Castillo, this day gave us a good opportunity to discuss the DMPOnline software, to share with the DCC folk some of our concerns and suggestions for version 3.0 of the online tool, and get feedback from the DCC on our planned approaches.  See Tito’s blog post about this day.
  3. David conducted a user-centric review and Richard a technical review of the DCC’s DMPOnline software in comparison with and the US equivalent DMP Tool.  We had planned to publish this some time ago, but still need to do a little more work on it.  The comparative evaluation will this be published shortly.
  4. David attended the Data Management Planning workshop at the 7th International DCC Conference in Bristol, which was also attended by representatives of the US DMP Tool, and was able to have further useful discussions.
  5. David joined euroCRIS and has communicated extensively with members of the the euroCRIS CERIF Task Force and the Linked Data Task Force of euroCRIS on the appropriate approaches to linked data and ontologies to represent CERIF, the Common European Research Information Framework that is being strongly supported by the JISC.  This culminated recently in his participation in the CERIF Linked Data workshop in Bath, and his presentation of CERRO, the CERIF Roles and Relationships Ontology, developed with his ontologist colleague Silvio Peroni.  His presentation on that topic is available here.
  6. David has also done some initial work around developing the CERIF-compliant RDF metadata descriptors required to describe and accompany a Data Management Plan.  More thought is required on the best way to proceed with this development, about which we will report in due course.  In the mean time, see his Bath presentation on this topic here.
  7. David met with Oxford colleagues and Jez Cope from the University of Bath to discuss teaching data management skills to graduate students.  This led to his formulation of Twenty Questions for Research Data Management, and an evaluation of them in comparison with other questions on this topic, including those used by the DCC’s DMPOnline tool, in a ‘road test’ by graduate students at the University of Bath, described in Jez’s blog post.

In the immediate future, we will be working on:

  1. Completing and publishing the comparison of the DCC’s DMPOnline tool with the US DMP Tool.
  2. Following Jez Cope’s initial comparison by creating and publishing a side-by-side comparison of the Twenty Questions for Research Data Management with the questions used by the above two tools, and by two other sources, to see what common themes and recommendations emerge.
  3. Deciding how best to create CERIF-compatible metadata for DMPs, and undertaking the necessary ontology development for that.
  4. Initialising the development of the Ruby code required to embed SWORD into the DCC’s DMPOnline environment.  At the moment we are waiting for the DMPOnline 3.0 software to be released as a service and made available Open Source.  Unfortunately, while waiting for this, there is not much we can do on the core of the project, in terms of embedding in Oxford and developing software extensions.
  5. Designing the full infrastructure required at the University of Oxford to embed the DMPOnline service there.  Integration at Oxford will require customisations to the UI for DMPOnline, as well as integration with single-sign-on and the addition of custom questions sets to the DMPOnline instance.  It also requires some integration with the Grants and Research Contracts management software at Oxford, to scope which a meeting with our colleagues in Research Services is being scheduled.
  6. Creating customisations to the DMPOnline software and questions to support the Oxford use cases.   To support (2) above, we will need to create the website skin with an ‘Oxford’ look and feel, and design the questions and supporting help text for the Oxford DMPonline.

We’ll be posting more updates to the blog as they become available.  In the mean time, please do not hesitate to contact us:

David Shotton <david.shotton@zoo.ox.ac.uk> P:01865-271193;

Richard Jones <richard@cottagelabs.com>

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