UK Research Data Discovery

This project developing a UK Research Data Discovery Service, builds on an initial pilot project by the Digital Curation Centre and the UK Data Archive in 2013-2014.

The aim is to develop a discovery service that enables the discovery and encourage reuse of UK research data held in UK research institutions and subject data centres, and which can be taken forward into a service run by Jisc.

In this second phase of work, we will:

  • develop and agree requirements and use cases for a UK Research Data Discovery Service.
  • build on the existing stakeholder engagement across UK universities and data centres
  • further evaluate the ANDS technical system solution and explore potential  alternatives such as the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN)
  • identify and agree on the metadata standard/profile that is appropriate for a successful cross disciplinary service
  • develop a functioning service instance
  • ingest metadata into a functioning service instance for all participating data centres and university reposiotires
  • develop an operation plan and business case for future delivery as a service

Our contribution

Principal Investigator: Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Service

Funder: Jisc

Dates: November 2014 - July 2016


Digital Curation Centre: Laura Molloy, Alex Ball, David Wilson, Kevin Ashley

Jisc: Christopher Brown, Catheribe Grout, Rachel Bruce

UK Data Archive: Lucy Bell, John Shepherdson, Anne Etheridge

Archaeology Data Centre: Katie Green, Michael Charno

NERC Data Catalogue Service: Peter Vodden

ISIS/ICAT, STFC: Tom Griffin

Visual Arts Data Service: Leigh Garrett, Carlos Silca, Amy Robinson

Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre: Ian Bruno

STFC Energy Data Centre: Jim Halliday

University of Hull: Chris Awre

University of St Andrews: Anna Clements

University of Glasgow: Valerie McCutcheon

Oxford Brookes University: Rowena Rouse, Sarah Taylor

University of Edinburgh: Robin Rice, Stuart Lewis

University of Oxford: Sally Rumsey, Amanda Flynn, David Tomkins

University of Southampton: Wendy White, Adrian Cox, Michael Whitton

University of Leeds: Rachel Proudfoot, Graham Blyth

University of Lincoln: Paul Stainthorp, Andrew Beeken

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