To facilitate ORD, the project team selected the Islandora digital repository framework for the pilot instead of a database system, to ensure they’d be on the cutting edge of digital curation technologies. Islandora has integrated tools for:
describing and harvesting data
using standardized vocabularies
using standard metadata standards
creating relationships with ontologies to associate data
ingest any file format and generate meaningful derivatives to facilitate accessibility and discovery.
V2P2 is one of a handful of Islandora research data repositories that will help inspire the next wave of innovation in the Islandora community.
Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, Canada is undertaking a research data repository as proof of concept in the hopes of helping researchers manage, preserve, and publish their research data. It’s collecting data from all disciplines, including but not limited to numeric data, image-based, observational and survey data (Simon Fraser University, 2014). The project is using SFUdora, an Islandora & Pydio integration module built in collaboration with discoverygarden to facilitate the project. The integration provided researchers with an interface and experience similar to Dropbox, a commercial cloud-based storage service, in addition to Islandora's enhanced preservation functionality.
The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), the birthplace of the Islandora framework, is also making strides with research data curation. A survey conducted at the UPEI library found the many of the university’s researchers used Dropbox to manage research data, although they also mentioned the desire for local storage. The library realized the various challenges with this approach, including privacy issues, lack of standards and interoperability, preservation, and the lost potential to share data more broadly (M. Leggott, personal communication, July 9, 2015).
As an alternative, the library is now encouraging researchers to manage their data with Islandora for the entire lifecycle of the project - from grant applications, through the gathering of findings to the publishing of conclusions. The Library facilitated the process with its Virtual Research Environment (VRE) program, where any Faculty, Administrators, and Researchers affiliated with the university could apply for their own repository. The library also spearheaded enhancements to the repository system to accommodate special requests from researchers, such as a data plan creation tool, custom data ingest forms and tools to help manage lab operations. (University of Prince Edward Island, n.d.). More recent efforts (soon to be launched at data.upei.ca) built on the SFUdora project (mentioned above) and other efforts reflecting research data management best practices will be used to provide a full featured "out-of-the-box" repository for research.