Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp
The final within-project version of the Orbital Research Data Management training materials are now live on the Orbital Researcher Dashboard website. They have been written collaboratively by the Orbital project team, and draw on a lot of existing RDM training and guidance material from across the web (in particular, from the DCC).
We intend that these materials will continue to be maintained and developed as part of the new University-wide research information service mentioned in a previous blog post.
The training materials can be accessed at https://orbital.lincoln.ac.uk/ and cover the following areas:
- What is research data?
- The research data lifecycle
- Policies affecting your research data
- Data Management Planning (DMP)
- Data search and discovery tools
- Data storage and security
- Legal and ethical issues
- Tools for working with your data
- Data publishing and citation
- Licences for sharing your data
- Data curation and preservation
- Workshops and training events
- Help and support
The source text for each page is stored in an open Github repository (at http://github.com/unilincoln/rdm) in Markdown format. The page admin tools in the Researcher Dashboard can then be used to link to the source document, which is then formatted in the University’s Common Web Design.
These web pages will be used to support the ongoing RDM training for postgraduate students, which will shortly be rolled out to University staff.
Posted on May 24th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
The Orbital project team met today (24 May 2012) and agreed the following:
- User documentation will focus on the “why”s of Research Data Management, rather than being a point-and-click guide to the Orbital UI (which should not require detailed explanations).
- JW will create a changelog (human readable text file) for each major release of Orbital, so that documentation for each feature is review if that feature is updated.
- PS will lead on writing documentation (as HTML pages, stored in the GitHub repository), with documentation for release v0.N completed and available by the launch of v0.N+1
- PS will email colleagues from the Library and Research/Enterprise for assistance on writing documentation.
- JW will invite Melanie Bullock and David Sheppard on to the Orbital working group. He is meeting Annalisa Jones to discuss RDM training for staff.
- Orbital v0.1.1 (including bug fixes) met all of the initial ‘minimum viable product‘ requirements specified by Dr Tom Duckett, and also includes the basics of project administration.
- v0.2 will include improvements to the file upload/management, project management, and license management interfaces, as well as clearer distinction between language files and operating code.
- NJ demoed the current version of Orbital to Siemens staff. He now has access to Siemens machine data for testing within Orbital.
- The group discussed the LNCD plans for internal servers/private cloud, and about the disk space requirements and costs.
- The current version of the DMPOnline tool has been installed on a test server. The group discussed our approach to integration between external tools/software (such as DMPOnline, R, Gephi) and Orbital.
- NJ is going to email Adrian Richardson at the DCC to ask when the DMPOnline APIs will become available.
- RDM policy
- JW presented the draft policy to the University RIEC committee. The committee have been asked to send comments to Joss. (One comment at the committee meeting was that our having a policy too geared around the requirements of the Research Councils may not be appropriate for Lincoln, which generates a lot of non-RC income. However it was noted that the good practice specified by the RCs is good practice for management of all research data, whatever the funding source.)
- Conferences and meetings
- Data Asset Framework survey
- The group discussed the recent DAF survey which we conducted at the University of Lincoln.
- JW will convene a sub-group to consider the responses in detail, and plan follow-up interviews.
- Business case
- JW is currently gathering costs for long-term data storage. This will form the first strand of the Orbital business case, which will be presented to University SMT (along with the agreed RDM policy) in September 2012.
Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp
A note on technical development:
We’re beginning to make some progress towards a framework for development in the CLOCK project. Project developers Trevor Jones and Andrew Beeken, with the support of the other developers in LNCD, now have the following at their fingertips:
That list should give you an idea of LNCD’s approach to development. [N.B. some links may not be publicly accessible.]
Posted on June 14th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp
We have been able to buy a number of useful books on agile software development / rapid innovation of technology for education, aimed particularly at developing student skills and participation in institution-wide projects: they’re all in the GCW University Library now.
- Allamaraju, S. (2010) RESTful web services cookbook. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly.
- Chacon, S. (2009) Pro Git. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
- Chodorow, K. and Dirolf, M. (2010) MongoDB: the definitive guide. Farnham: O’Reilly.
- Cohn, M. (2010) Succeeding with agile software development using Scrum. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley.
- Flanagan, D. and Matsumoto, Y. (2008) The Ruby programming language. 1st edition. Beijing; Farnham: O’Reilly.
- Lawson, B. and Sharp, R. (2010) Introducing HTML5. Berkeley, CA; London: New Riders.
- Lutz, M. and Ascher, D. (2004) Learning Python. 2nd edition. Beijing; Cambridge: O’Reilly.
- Plugge, E., Membrey, P., and Hawkins, T. (2010) The definitive guide to MongoDB: the NoSQL database for cloud and desktop computing. New York, NY: Apress.
- Powers, S. (2003) Practical RDF. Beijing; Cambridge: O’Reilly.
- Richardson, L. and Ruby, S. (2007) RESTful web services. Beijing; Farnham: O’Reilly.
- Segaran, T., Evans, C., and Taylor, J. (2009) Programming the Semantic Web. Beijing; Farnham: O’Reilly.
There’s a live copy of the same booklist on RefShare, available to download/export:
This little collection of books is designed to support the work of the new cross-University technology-for-education group, the existence of which Joss Winn announced last month. Since then, the group has been given a name: LNCD (it’s a partial pun on “linked”, suggesting “Lincoln”, and also a recursive acronym: see below and at: http://lncd.org/)
LNCD’s Not a Central Development group
LNCD is a progressive group that includes educational developers, technologists, teachers, researchers and students and was set up to support the objectives of Student as Producer through the research and development of technology for education. The work of LNCD is informed by the progressive pedagogy of Student as Producer so as to engender critical, digitally literate staff and students. Core principles of the group are that we recognise students and staff have much to learn from each other and that students can be agents of change in the use of technology in education.