[ckan4rdm] ckan4rdm Digest, Vol 7, Issue 2

Ant Beck ant.beck at gmail.com
Thu Oct 24 13:10:35 UTC 2013

Apologies - I do the digest

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On 24/10/13 13:55, ckan4rdm-request at lists.okfn.org wrote:
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>        Vol 7, Issue 1 (vasily.bunakov at stfc.ac.uk)
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> Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:23:23 +0100
> From: Ant Beck <ant.beck at gmail.com>
> Subject: [ckan4rdm] CKAN as a research data repository Re: ckan4rdm
> 	Digest, Vol 7, Issue 1
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> Hi
> We are using CKAN for the DART project (dartportal.leeds.ac.uk). This is
> part of an open science heritage project. This allows us to do more
> interesting stuff during the project lifetime. I am presenting on this
> at a Sustaining Heritage conference next week - video of my presentation
> hre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRtlJym_X44
> Some of this data has been repurposed by the Archaeology Data Service
> for long-term archivation and re-use:
> http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/dart_ahrc_2013/index.cfm
> We created a bespoke ingest system so we could bulk-upload 1000's of
> data objects and attribute metadata easily. We have also used the
> OAI-PMH plugin so the metadta can be exposed and harvested by others
> (ADS and Europeana spring to mind). We hit a 4gb file size problem which
> we've just worked around - so should be uploading evrything else over
> the next few weeks.
> Best
> Ant
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> Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:40:45 +0000
> From: <vasily.bunakov at stfc.ac.uk>
> Subject: Re: [ckan4rdm] CKAN as a research data repository Re:
> 	ckan4rdm Digest, Vol 7, Issue 1
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> A great presentation Ant, and a good showcase for CKAN.
Thanks :-)
> Where it meets the LDTP (Long-Term Digital Preservation) agenda, however, remained unclear for me.
And to me - I did this for project specific needs and to get the data 
out there. LTDP is partially met by the ADS, however, they will not host 
everything we have. That said our data format choices fit into a long 
term preservation strategy (i.e they are in well understood (open) 
formats, in ascii wherever possible and do not require format migration).
> CKAN is great for _publishing_ data. How CKAN can interact (conceptually and technologically) with LDTP solutions seems an interesting and a challenging topic to explore.
The metadata schema I developed extends, is richer than, the schema in 
use by the Archaeology Data Service. This means that we should just map 
from our schema onto the ADS schema and we can transfer our metadata and 
data for long-term archiving. In theory, this can/should be automated. 
In practice everything was done by hand (by them, not us).

I think that metadata interoperabilty (with supporting schema 
ontologies) is the way to 'snapshot' living/dynamic repositories (with a 
primary focus on re-use and analysis) to archive environments (with a 
primary focus on LTDP)

> With kind regards,
> Vasily Bunakov
> STFC Scientific Computing

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