[ckan4rdm] DART open archaeology data repository
ant.beck at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 14:59:34 UTC 2013
I'm Ant Beck (a very new member <5 minutes old). Mark Wainwright
suggested I re-post a message I sent through to the Open Archaeology
mailing list concerning DART: an open science heritage remote sensing
project. The message is below.
I look forward to hearing about your project, initiatives and ways in
which we can collaborate to improve the research process and access to
to research outputs.
....... I thought it timely to share our new CKAN repository with you:
It currently hosts all of the data for the DART project:
The repository hosts over 1tb of data under open licences. We have
developed an automated ingest sequence that adds rich metadata to each
of the resources in the collection. The repository itself is CKAN from
the OKF. It employs the OAI-PMH plugin (which needs some tweaking) and
we are in discussions with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) about the
practicalities of harvesting this data and in the future expect this to
go out to other organisations (Europeana, etc.). I also hope to secure
longer term support from the University of Leeds which may mean
attributing DOIs to each of the resources so that if they are relocated
in the future the DOI will be maintained as a constant identifier (we
may migrate the data over to FigShare/ADS etc. if longer term support
can't be found).
As the data (please note some is zipped) is openly exposed we can build
processing scripts pointing directly at the resources. This allow us to
share our processing, analysis and visualization scripts with the
community which should kick start some more collaborations.
I am also developing a backend UML which formally integrates the
resources within a PostGresql environment (the database resources will
also be available as csv tables within the repository for alternative
access). This will be the basis for a data-mining environment. I also
hope to use D2RQ http://d2rq.org/ to expose this data as RDF (although
that may depend on further funding)
Be warned: we are still tweaking and uploading data.
And as a final shameless plug we are holding a workshop in Leeds that
will discuss the project. Of particular interest to this group is the
afternoon session where we have discussants (practitioners, curators,
policy makers and other stakeholders) for an open debate. It is likely
that much of the discussion will cover open-data and open-archaeology.
There are bursaries available. You can find details at:
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