[Irtalk] Fwd: [ckan-global-user-group] Bristol University launches CKAN-fronted Research Data Repository

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 13:16:21 SAST 2014


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From: Philip Cross <cmpac at bristol.ac.uk>
Date: 18 July 2014 12:51
Subject: [ckan-global-user-group] Bristol University launches CKAN-fronted
Research Data Repository
To: ckan-global-user-group at googlegroups.com

Bristol University has launched a Research Data Repository using the CKAN
data portal: http://data.bris.ac.uk/data/

This offers a means for Bristol’s researchers to share research data openly
with the world. The repository draws together data deposited with national
subject repositories over the past 40 years, alongside more recent datasets
that have been  published to support research publications.

The local research data is stored in a separate data storage facility run
by the Advanced Computing Research Centre at Bristol, with metadata
imported into CKAN via an implementation of the CKAN harvester. Metadata
for externally hosted data is imported via a spreadsheet.

Sharing research data can help to increase the impact of the data and
associated research through greater citation and re-use. Each dataset is
assigned a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which provides a
persistent identifier to allow the data to be easily cited by other
researchers. The DOIs will eventually resolve to the relevant CKAN package

The CKAN interface is intended to provide a user friendly point of access
to Bristol's research data and, to help with this, we have implemented
parent/child package relationships to break down some of the larger
datasets into more manageable sections.

Phil Cross
University of Bristol Research Data Service

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