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Harnessing Data Centre Expertise to Drive Forward Institutional Research Data Management: A Case Study from the University of Essex

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Thomas Ensom
UK Data Archive

The Research Data @Essex project, funded under the Jisc MRD Program, piloted a research data management and sharing infrastructure at the University of Essex. The project team was led by the UK Data Archive in collaboration with support services at the University. It built on the Archive's extensive experience in enabling data re-use, now being carried forward by the new UK Data Service. The project demonstrated that an exchange of knowledge between data centers and institutional data services is mutually beneficial, particularly in accelerating institutional infrastructure development. A major focus was the development of an institutional research data repository based on the EPrints software. Key among our innovations has been the expansion of the EPrints metadata profile, to allow the capture of detail necessary for describing diverse research data, while also meeting relevant standards. The metadata profile adopted is compliant with DataCite and INSPIRE schemas, and also leverages the descriptive power of the Data Documentation Initiative (2.1) schema, in a novel use of metadata developed within the social science community. Our solution offers a full-featured and easy to deploy data repository package, now being explored as replacement for the technology behind the UK Data Service's ESRC Data Store self-archiving facility.

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