Project – ROAD

Project Name: Robot-generated Open Access Data

Programme Name: Repositories and Preservation Programme

Strand: Tools and Innovation

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Start Date:01 June 2007

End Date: 31 June 2009

Governance: Repositories and preservation advisory group, Integrated Information Environment Committee (JIIE)

Contact Name and Role: Stuart Lewis, Project Manager

Brief project description:

The aim of the two year JISC funded project (start date June 2007) is to investigate the use of current open-source digital repository software to enable the automatic curation of robot-generated experimental data and metadata.

The intention is to demonstrate the feasibility of using current open-source digital repository software for management of data acquired directly from automatic integrated laboratory equipment, specifically the Robot Scientist created at UWA.

It is expected that the project will also contribute to research on the sharing of experimental data as well as providing a case study for similar scientific installations in other institutions and for other scientific domains. The vision for data repositories in Digital Repositories Roadmap: looking forward has an information environment in which raw research data is made available on an open access basis. This vision includes the idea of direct linking between laboratory equipment and a departmental or institutional repository. The link with the Robot Scientist constitutes a sophisticated demonstration of this vision.

Development work and testing will focus on three open source repository systems: DSpace, Fedora and EPrints.

Name of Trawler: Mahendra Mahey

Output:  No outputs are available at present. The plan suggests the following:
• A report detailing the ability of different repository platforms to ingest and store the requisite data in a suitable fashion
• Quarterly project reports giving updates on the progress of the project.
• Final report detailing the investigations undertaken, the software written, and the evaluation performed.
Software (specific to chosen repository platform)
• A suitable data repository to hold the data from the Robot Scientist
• Software to perform the ingest of large amounts of data into the chosen repository platform
• Suitable interfaces to allow people and machines to easily download the data help within the repository