Jisc Research Data Shared Service: looking back and looking forward
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Jisc’s Research Data Shared Service (RDSS), now available in beta form and being trialled by various universities around the UK, brings together and makes available as a single resource many of the important research data management concepts and components developed during the past ten years. These include • Research data repositories • Research data preservation platforms • Research data reporting platforms • R&D and development services around repository plugins • Interoperability with internal and external systems • Research data preservation tools As such the RDSS represents a major step forward towards an open world of scholarship – open access, open repositories, open data, open educational resources and open science. This presentation is divided into two sections: the first is an overview of the key elements of the RDSS. The second takes a look at an important new development currently under investigation – namely incorporating electronic lab notebooks (ELNs). As tools for managing and organizing active research data like electronic lab notebooks proliferate, repositories need to be designed in ways that better facilitate interoperability with these active research data tools. ‘Connected’ ELNs like RSpace, which are designed (a) to easily ingest and/or link to data from multiple other resources and tools, (b) interoperate with other research tools, and (c) export data in multiple formats and configurations including directly into data repositories, are ideally suited to plug into the RDSS to capture data in the active research stage and, through integrations with repositories including Dataverse, Figshare and DSpace, for datasets to then be deposited directly into a repository. In the future development of RDSS, Jisc is looking an incorporating ELNs like RSpace, and also into improving repository APIs so that it is possible to carry over the structure of datasets created in the ELN into the repository after deposit.