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This project aims to develop a pilot UK-wide registry for research data collections held in UK research institutions and subject data centres.

The pilot will test approaches for a service that aggregates metadata relating to data collections or datasets held in institutional data repositories and established data centres, by harvesting metadata from their respective catalogues.

The project will aim to provide a coherent point of access to discoverable, searchable, browsable and actionable descriptions of given datasets and how to access them, and so showcase the wealth of UK research data.

Besides technical development and implementation of a registry system, this project involves metadata mapping to develop a common metadata profile.

The project is being delivered by the Digital Curation Centre and the UK Data Archive, working with other RCUK data centres and universities with active data repositories.

Archive contribution

The Archive is responsible for engagement with all data centres participating in the pilot project to provide harvestable metadata for the registry; as well as advice on the standardised metadata profile development.

Principal investigator:  Kevin Ashley, Digital Curation Centre
Funder:  Jisc
Dates:  October 2013 - March 2014
Contact:  Veerle Van den Eynden
Links:  Research data registry (DCC blog)