Methodology

The overall approach follows a three-stage process:

Stage 1. Analysis

The project will undertake a need analysis for undertaking data preservation work using the Data Audit Framework (DAF) Methodology. This work will build on previous DAF work in Oxford and will complete gaps in the requirements gathering and auditing of data assets. This stage will include the identification of metadata standards to describe and preserve these data.

Stage 2 . Pre-implementation

During the pre-implementation phase, the project will translate the identified requirements into draft policy and business models, and technical implementation plans. The latter will focus on the development of embedded workflow modules that interface with existing services. This phase will also include reaching an agreement on metadata standards to describe and preserve the data from the participating research groups.

Stage 3. Implementation

The implementation phase will develop the policy framework, workflow and sustainability models by integrating existing services to address the requirements identified in the first stage. The three main services to interface are the Hierarchical File Server (HFS), the Fedora Digital Assets Management System (DAMS) and the local storage infrastructure.

Outputs

The following are some of the outputs that will be produced:
  • A report detailing the requirements from the two research groups as well their data holdings and management practices, based on the DAF methodology;
  • A recommended set of metadata standards relating to the description, administration and preservation of research data generated by the participating research groups;
  • Software to provide a digital curation workflow module integrating the research data lifecycle with institutional services like the HFS and Fedora DAMS;
  • Report on the strategic provision of federated data storage and access infrastructure within a devolved environment for research data;
  • Annotated draft institutional research data management policy framework;
  • Report on the application of costing and sustainability frameworks developed by JISC-funded projects;
  • Two workshops with reports together with publications and presentations in relevant journals and conferences;