The Orbital project team met today (24 May 2012) and agreed the following:
User documentation will focus on the “why”s of Research Data Management, rather than being a point-and-click guide to the Orbital UI (which should not require detailed explanations).
JW will create a changelog (human readable text file) for each major release of Orbital, so that documentation for each feature is review if that feature is updated.
PS will lead on writing documentation (as HTML pages, stored in the GitHub repository), with documentation for release v0.N completed and available by the launch of v0.N+1
PS will email colleagues from the Library and Research/Enterprise for assistance on writing documentation.
JW will invite Melanie Bullock and David Sheppard on to the Orbital working group. He is meeting Annalisa Jones to discuss RDM training for staff.
Orbital v0.1.1 (including bug fixes) met all of the initial ‘minimum viable product‘ requirements specified by Dr Tom Duckett, and also includes the basics of project administration.
v0.2 will include improvements to the file upload/management, project management, and license management interfaces, as well as clearer distinction between language files and operating code.
NJ demoed the current version of Orbital to Siemens staff. He now has access to Siemens machine data for testing within Orbital.
The group discussed the LNCD plans for internal servers/private cloud, and about the disk space requirements and costs.
The current version of the DMPOnline tool has been installed on a test server. The group discussed our approach to integration between external tools/software (such as DMPOnline, R, Gephi) and Orbital.
NJ is going to email Adrian Richardson at the DCC to ask when the DMPOnline APIs will become available.
JW presented the draft policy to the University RIEC committee. The committee have been asked to send comments to Joss. (One comment at the committee meeting was that our having a policy too geared around the requirements of the Research Councils may not be appropriate for Lincoln, which generates a lot of non-RC income. However it was noted that the good practice specified by the RCs is good practice for management of all research data, whatever the funding source.)
NJ and JW are presenting a paper at OR12 (Open Repositories 2012). PS will attend for ~1 day of the conference.
JW is chairing a planning event with Ken Evans, looking at data/schema modelling for all the University’s research information systems (Orbital, EPrints, the Awards Management System, people systems) using an Object Role Modelling (ORM) approach.
JW will convene a sub-group to consider the responses in detail, and plan follow-up interviews.
JW is currently gathering costs for long-term data storage. This will form the first strand of the Orbital business case, which will be presented to University SMT (along with the agreed RDM policy) in September 2012.