DATA INTENSIVE RESEARCH (DIR) TOOLS
- The Jupyter project allows users to run complex workflows (known as notebooks) on one’s computer and/or in the cloud via any browser. Along with online services such as Github and Binder, Jupyter can be used to carry out collaborative data-intensive research work.
- Cloud computing companies also offer limited free-tier access to professional tools such as Google Colaboratory (for code development and execution) and Google Data Studio (for data reporting and visualization).
- The UWC Meerkat Cluster supports data intensive research for UWC faculty, research staff, postdocs and postgraduate students.
- Ilifu is a cloud computing facility devoted to astronomy and bioinformatics data-intensive research.
DATA PUBLISHING AT UWC
Research data management (RDM) is the process of organising and documenting data processes (collection, description, de-identification, curation, archiving and publication) within a research project. Find out more about RDM at UWC.
UWC’s institutional repository is Kikapu (which is an instance of Figshare), which is the preferred mode of storing and publishing research data at UWC.
Both Kikapu and Zenodo are open access online repositories for research data, and once data is published (and licenced), a DOI is minted.
- re3data.org – Global Registry of Research Repositories
- A list of metadata standards, maintained by the RDA (Research Data Alliance) Metadata Standards Directory Working Group and “supported by individuals and organizations involved in the development, implementation, and use of metadata for scientific data. The overriding goal is to develop a collaborative, open directory of metadata standards applicable to scientific data can help address infrastructure challenges1“.
- Register with the Research Data Alliance (RDA) – “The RDA vision is for researchers and innovators to openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society”2
- What is the most appropriate license for my data? Figshare offers a handy summary.
- DataONE has put together a useful Primer on Data Management
- Test how FAIR your data is with the ARDC’s FAIR Assessment Tool
DATA MANAGEMENT PLANNING (DMP) TOOLS
There are several free and open-source online applications that help researchers create their own DMP. The UWC DMPTool is currently in development.
- Dmptool was created by the University of California Curation Center (UC3) and other contributors
- The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has its own tool, DMPOnline
- The DMPRoadmap is a DCC/UC3 collaboration for a data management planning tool
The Library Services team at UWC works closely with the eResearch office. They regularly host workshops and webinars, and are always willing to assist with RDM queries. Contact them at email@example.com.
POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
Globally, the last decade has seen a proliferation of open data policies. Some of our more locally relevant policies on open access include
- UWC’s RDM Policy (soon to be available)
- DIRISA (The Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa)
- Ilifu cloud computing research facility policies and guidelines
Internationally, the GDPR is an EU legislation that aims to give people more control over their data.