​Discoverygarden Participating in Jisc Research Data Shared Service

We are pleased to announce discoverygarden’s involvement in the Jisc Research Data Shared Service. At the Jisc Pilot Supplier Exchange on July 20, we presented Islandora as a research data management solution to fifteen UK higher education institution stakeholders and Jisc representatives.

The objective of the Jisc research data shared service is to enable sustainable access to research data so it can be re-used. Furthermore, the service aims to support UK universities and colleges in meeting research funder requirements (Jisc, n.d.).

Jisc senior co-design manager, John Kaye says, We intend to first develop a beta service that will be taken up by 17 UK pilot institutions and improve this over the next two years to enable researchers to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, long term archiving and preservation.

Jisc has created a supplier framework with 3 lots focusing on platforms and 5 supporting lots to enable better and more efficient work with and among system suppliers and developers to create the service. In April 2016, Jisc confirmed discoverygarden as a project supplier for Lot 1: Research Data Repository and Lot 2: Repository Interfaces.

discoverygarden inc. CEO John Eden says, “The flexibility of Islandora enables members of our community to leverage existing tools or create new ones. As a framework, Islandora is a perfect ecosystem to integrate tools that solve problems in the research data management workflow.”

Islandora’s origin story has its roots in research data management. It was developed at the University of Prince Edward Island for this purpose in 2006. Since then, features of the framework have grown to include Drupal data management planning tools, an open source dropbox-like utility for “working” data called Pydio, and minting DataCite DOIs for published materials (Moses, D., Hooper, D., Le Faive, R., 2016). To see a demo of a recently launched research data repository, visit the new data.upei.ca website.

To learn more about this project, please visit the Jisc website, blog or contact us!

About discoverygarden

discoverygarden is a digital repository and asset management firm located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It has assisted in the installation and development of more than a hundred digital repositories and asset management systems for organizations in the Academic, Museum, Enterprise and Government sectors.

About Jisc

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. Jisc operates:

  • shared digital infrastructure and services

  • negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and

  • provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.


Works Cited

Moses, D., Hooper, D., Le Faive, R. (2016, June 16). From Planning to Publishing: An Open Approach to Data Stewardship. Retrieved from http://islandscholar.ca/islandora/object/ir:20279

Jisc. (n.d.). Research data shared service. Retrieved from https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/research-data-shared-service and https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/a-joint-approach-to-implementing-open-research-data-11-aug-2016