In July, I blogged about our latest bid for JISC funding – this time for an project called “Orbital” to develop a university research data management infrastructure, piloted with the School of Engineering.
I’m delighted to announce that we were successful. The University of Lincoln has been awarded £241,500* funding for Orbital, under JISC’s Managing Research Data call. The project runs for 18 months, starting on 03 October 2011.
From the project proposal:
“The Orbital project will develop, test and implement a state-of-the-art research data management system, which meets both internal and external partner organisation’s requirements in terms of robustness and security. We will apply a proven approach to the management of institutional data, through the proposed use of MongoDB
(a very fast, flexible, schema-less database technology), to create flexible services for capturing, storing, preserving and sharing research data in real time across internal research groups and with external research partners via secure, public APIs. A personalised web interface for specific researcher profiles and a public discovery interface will also be developed.”
Joss Winn from CERD will be the Orbital project manager; I’ll act as “lead researcher”, working—alongside other staff from the Library, Research Office, ICT services and the School of Engineering—to conduct a literature review and examine existing guidance and practice, lead the user requirements analysis, and contribute to the implementation & evaluation of the project. We’ll also be appointing not one but two new developers to work on Orbital.
There’ll be a steering group consisting of senior staff from the VCO, School of Engineering, College of Science, Library, Research Office, and ICT. We’re also bringing in external consultancy from Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd, the Innovative Design & Manufacturing Research Centre of the University of Bath, and the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC).
This is a hugely significant project for Lincoln (and the first funding awarded to a CERD/Library/ICT project since we established LNCD). What we’re doing here – it works. To my colleagues, and especially Joss: well done. Congratulations.
We’ll be setting up a project blog for Orbital, at http://orbital.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/ – watch that space.
*Yup. Nearly a quarter of a million quid. No messing, eh?