Presentation on theme: "UKOLN is supported by: Digital Library developments supporting eResearch Dr Liz Lyon, Director UKOLN, University of Bath, UK British Library, November."— Presentation transcript:
UKOLN is supported by: Digital Library developments supporting eResearch Dr Liz Lyon, Director UKOLN, University of Bath, UK British Library, November a centre of expertise in digital information management
British Library, November Overview 1.Background and context 2.Digital curation 3.Scholarly communications 4.eBank UK Project 5.Linking research data and learning
1. Background and context
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British Library, November About UKOLN a centre of expertise in digital information management Funding –Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) + Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) –Portfolio of R&D projects 27 staff Inform the library, information, education and cultural heritage communities –Policy and advisory role at national level –Build innovative Web-based systems & services –Research and development –Dissemination: –e-journal Ariadne –Events: ECDL 2004
British Library, November Infrastructure + IIE Supporting cross-sectoral engagement –Common Information Environment Group (CIE) Building shared services for the IIE –Informing strategic development –Demonstrators and prototypes –IE Service Registry –IE Metadata Schemas Registry –A common framework? Embedding open standards –Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) UK Affiliate Managing Agent –W3C representative –OAI Technical Committee –NISO MetaSearch Reviewing approaches to Resource Discovery Digital repositories study
British Library, November eLearning activities Collaborating with CETIS –Technical Framework to support e-Learning (ELF) –Contributing to UK LOM Core profile –Shaping an approach to Persistent Identifiers –Distributed eLearning Advisory Board Partnership with RDN / LTSN –Enable greater records sharing –RDN / LTSN LOM application profile –Shared vocabularies Advising Jorum+ learning object repository team Facilitating interoperability with digital libraries (IMS) Developing eLearning tools (GroupLog Project) Supporting the FE community –Regional Support Centres workshops: RSC Wales, RSC SE events in November
British Library, November eResearch activities Facilitating knowledge transfer –Digital library, computer science and disciplinary communities –NeSC / UKOLN workshops Developing Virtual Research Environment (VRE) concepts Supporting the arts & humanities –AHRB expert group Digital Curation Centre partner Changing nature of scholarly communications Research and development projects –ePrints UK –eBank UK
2. Digital Curation
British Library, November Obsolete media Images by Philip Hunter, UKOLN
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British Library, November Consortium partners Management & Co-ordination –Director Designate Chris Rusbridge (University of Glasgow) –Director (Phase One): Peter Burnhill with Phase One Project Co-ordinator: Robin Rice (both from EDINA & Data Library, University of Edinburgh) Community Support & Outreach –Led by Dr Liz Lyon (UKOLN, University of Bath) Service Definition & Delivery –Led by Professor Seamus Ross (HATII [ERPANET], University of Glasgow) Development –Led by Dr David Giaretta (Astronomical Software & Services, CCLRC) Research –Led by Professor Peter Buneman (Informatics, University of Edinburgh)
Organisation to Engage & Collaborate Industry research collaborators standards bodies testbeds & tools communities of practice: users community support & outreach research development co-ordination service definition & delivery management & admin support curation organisations eg DPC Collaborative Associates Network of Data Organisations
British Library, November Draft Home page of new DCC eJournal Launch January 2005
British Library, November st DCC International Conference Planning so far: Location - Bath UK September 2005 (tbc) 2-day event Invited speakers Peer-reviewed research papers
British Library, November User requirements analysis Commissioned study by Leona Carpenter Desk-based research, focus groups, interviews. Taxonomy of Users R&D issues: Annotation services, Ontology development, Automating metadata creation, Tools and toolkits, Data Format Description Language, Identifiers, Registries, Economic and cost-benefits studies Advisory services :Ask-a-Curator,FAQs, reports, briefings, awareness-raising materials, best practice guidance, Storage media, Like Erpanet, advise Government, Research Councils, funding bodies Professional development: Short courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, secondments to DCC and to working repository services Outreach: Leadership for the future, case studies, sharing solutions, collaboration with other partners, international peers, industry links
British Library, November Associates Network Goals Develop understanding, share best practice, advance research, promote recognition, develop consensus Membership HEIs, FEIs, national bodies, industry partners, funders, research groups, individuals…… Benefits Early access to R&D outputs, advisory services, training, input to definition and design, community participation Discussion Forum Please join us!
British Library, November Service definition & delivery Advisory services Provide on-demand responses to queriesfrom legal to technical guidance HELPDESK Information Services –Senior Scientist and Administrator Briefing Documents –Community developed DIGITAL CURATION MANUAL –Database of FAQs –Checklist for Compliance with best practices and standards Training services –Residential skills development courses for practitioners and researchers Repository services –Build catalogue of tools Audit & Certification services –Development of Certification Procedures –Develop self-certification mechanisms
British Library, November Development – initial plans Approach to Digital Curation White Paper –OAIS reference model Registries/Repositories –offering a repository of tools and technical information, a focal point for digital curators –metadata standards Testbeds –for testing and evaluating tools, methods, standards and policies in realistic settings Certification –standards –work with hardware and software manufacturers to certify hardware and software components
British Library, November The Research Agenda Data integration and publishing –Slowly coming to market. Publishing in community formats is a new twist Annotation –Everybody agrees this is important. No-one understands it. Metadata extraction –Semantic or otherwise, its a key part of annotation Archiving and Appraisal –What do we do about databases – they change! Legal issues –Can we at least help to clarify what is going on? Provenance and data quality –Again, we dont fully understand it. Organisational dynamics of repositories Economic analyses of curation Ontologies, performance, registries, structure evolution…
British Library, November Working with Others Digital Preservation Coalition Digital Library Federation The National Archives Global Grid Forum NARA Library of Congress Research Library Group JISC community E-Science Community Associates Network …and many more Leadership for the Future
3. Scholarly communications
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British Library, November It is envisaged that the sharing of primary data would prevent unnecessary repetition of experiments and enable scientists to build directly on each others work, creating greater efficiencies and productivity in the research process.
British Library, November The Government believes that the data underpinning the results of publicly-funded research should be made available as widely and as rapidly as possible, along with the results themselves.
British Library, November Research & e-Science workflows Aggregator services: national, commercial Repositories : institutional, e-prints, subject, data, learning objects Data curation: databases & databanks Validation Harvesting metadata Data creation / capture / gathering: laboratory experiments, Grids, fieldwork, surveys, media Deposit / self- archiving Peer-reviewed publications: journals, conference proceedings Publication Validation Data analysis, transformation, mining, modelling Searching, harvesting, embedding Presentation services: subject, media-specific, data, commercial portals Resource discovery, linking, embedding Linking The scholarly knowledge cycle. Liz Lyon, eBankUK article. Ariadne, July 2003.
British Library, November eBank UK: linking research data to learning JISC-funded for 1 year from September 2003 (Phase 1) Phase 2 funding secured UKOLN at the University of Bath (lead), University of Southampton, University of Manchester e-Science testbed Combechem –Grid-enabled combinatorial chemistry –Crystallography, laser and surface chemistry –Development of an e-Lab using pervasive computing technology –National Crystallography Service Resource Discovery Network PSIgate physical sciences portal
British Library, November First steps: establishing common ground… Understand the data creation process Terminology and definitions –Data –Metadata –Datafile –Dataset –Data holding Different views –Digital library researchers, computer scientists, chemists –Generic vs specific –Modeller vs practitioner Aim for a common ontology Modelling the domain Creating a metadata schema
British Library, November Some metadata issues Using simple and qualified Dublin Core Additional chemical information in schema for harvesting e.g. empirical formula Schema contains International Chemical Identifier (InChI) Links to all datasets associated with an experiment Links to individual datasets within an experiment Links to eprints (and other published literature) derived from the data Using vocabularies specific to crystallography Will substitute when standards emerge
British Library, November Project results so far….. Version 2.0 eBank metadata schema Pilot institutional e-data repository for harvesting raw, derived, results data (enhanced ePrints.org software) Exports records as ebank_dc and oai_dc Pilot eBank UK aggregator service Demonstrator with PSIgate physical sciences portal – embedding eBank UK Consultation Workshop outcomes –Cost-benefit issues for researchers? –RAE impact? –Disciplinary differences (A&H, social sciences)? Supporting studies on (1) Provenance (2) Data models and schema
British Library, November The digital repository ecrystals.chem.soton.ac.uk Acknowledgement: Simon Coles
British Library, November Linking to publications Acknowledgement: Simon Coles
British Library, November eBank embedded in a science portal Acknowledgement: Simon Coles
5. Linking research data and learning
British Library, November eBank Phase 2: linking to learning Embedding in e-Learning processes Evaluating the pedagogical benefits – MChem course – Chemical informatics course
British Library, November Future planning…. generic models & metadata schema Phase 2 starts 1 st February 2005 Validation against other schema –CLRC Scientific Metadata Model Vs 2 Complex digital objects Investigate packaging options –METS –MPEG 21 DIDL –?? Metadata enhancement - subject keyword additions to datasets based on knowledge of keywords in related publications
British Library, November ….Identifiers and linking Investigate identifiers e.g. International Chemical Identifier (InChI code) –Access to scientific (climate) data using DOIs (German National Library of Science & Technology) Explore context sensitive linking: find me –Datasets by this person –Journal articles by this person –Datasets related to this subject –Journal articles on this subject –Learning objects by this person –Learning objects on this subject
British Library, November Embedding Into the crystallographic research and publishing communities Into the Chemistry workflow –SMART TEA Digital Lab Book e synthesis Lab –Other analytical techniques in chemistry Into e-Learning workflows –MChem course –Undergraduate Chemical Informatics courses Pedagogic evaluation
British Library, November Service expansion into other chemistry areas: new datasets & new processes Feasibility study of other physical sciences
British Library, November Potential longer term impact 1.Track data and information flows in e-research and scholarly communications – knowledge audit?? 2.Validate the accuracy and authenticity of derived works – ideas audit?? 3.Facilitate explicit referencing and acknowledgment of original contributors – intellectual integrity?? 4.Raise standards associated with publication of research outputs – academic publishing rigour?? 5.Implement open access to and dissemination of data and information – enhance the research process?? 6.Give students links to original data underpinning published works – enrich the learning process??
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Thank you. UKOLN receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) and is based at the University of Bath.