We spoke to staff at 10gen yesterday about our choice of MongoDB for Orbital and were reminded that the National Archives (UK) are using it as the basis of their discovery platform. We plan to stay in touch with 10gen throughout the project and provide a Case Study on our use of Mongo for Managing Research Data. Here are some slides from a recent conference where the National Archives spoke about their work with MongoDB.
Yesterday I was at Clare College, University of Cambridge for a meeting organised by USTLG, the University Science & Technology Librarians Group. The group—open to any librarians involved with engineering, science or technology in UK universities—has meetings once or twice a year. The theme of yesterday’s meeting (free to attend, thanks to sponsorship from the IEEE) was data management, with an implied focus on research data.
The meeting consisted of a series of presentations (plus a fantastic lunchtime diversion, below) with plenty of time for networking – there were about 40 people there, all with an interest in research data management – though interestingly, a show of hands suggested very few people were actively engaged in looking after their own institution’s researchers’ data.
As usual, this blog post has been partially reconstructed from the Twitter stream (hashtag #ustlg).
First up, Laura Molloy, substituting for Joy Davidson of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), on a project called the Data Management Skills Support Initiative (DaMSSI), looking at the [shades of information literacy] skills needed by different people involved in the research data curation process. “DaMSSI aims to facilitate the use of tools like Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model” developed by SCONUL. Key question: how do you assess the effectiveness of research data management training?
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This is the poster we’ll be presenting at the JISC MRD Launch Meeting in Nottingham next week.