Developing a pilot registry for UK research data

Article dated: 11 November 2013

The UK Data Archive is teaming up with members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to develop a UK-wide registry or catalogue of research data collections held in universities and data centres.

The Jisc-funded six-month pilot project follows from a rich legacy of recent work in embedding research data management and sharing in universities, to support data reuse. But in order for data sharing and secondary analysis to yield major benefits, such data need to be easily findable and accessible. This project aims to address this emerging need.

During the six-month pilot, project leaders will test a service that aggregates metadata relating to data collections or datasets held in UK research institutions and subject data centres. The project will ultimately 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.

The pilot is being delivered by Veerle Van den Eynden of the UK Data Archive in collaboration with Alex Ball, Patrick McCann and Laura Molloy of the DCC.