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What is DaMaRO?

The Data Management Rollout at Oxford (DaMaRO) Project is creating a research data management policy for the University and the infrastructure to enable researchers to comply with it.

A high-level Research Data Management Working Group has been convened to ensure that the Project's activities are coordinated with the strategic interests of the University of Oxford. This group consists of senior members of Research Services, IT Services, and the Bodleian Libraries. Members of the Working Group organised a 'Digital Services to Support Research' workshop in July 2012 to consider the various components of a University infrastructure, and now meets bi-monthly.

The Damaro Project will be taking the outputs of the various research data management projects that the University has been engaged in over the last few years and combining them into a better-integrated suite of tools and discovery mechanisms that will support researchers throughout the data life-cycle, from planning to re-use.

Of particular note is the ‘DataFinder’ tool that DaMaRO will be developing. This will enable the discovery of data hosted in various places around the University and beyond, including the Bodleian Libraries' 'DataBank' (developed through the Admiral and DataFlow projects), the Online Research Database Service (ORDS) (created during the Sudamih and VIDaaS Projects), departmental and other local data stores, the Web 2 research management network 'Colwiz', and hopefully the 'LabTrove' system developed by the University of Southampton. It will also connect this data with research papers and publications held in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA).

Behind the scenes, DataFinder will be able to automatically gather metadata from each of the tools and repositories it connects to, assign DOIs where they are not already assigned, and ensure that the metadata complies with the national DataCite standards. Furthermore, DataFinder will make the metadata it gathers available as linked data, and also map it to the CERIF standard, so that alerts can be issued to compatible research management systems when new project outputs are made available.

DataFinder will be designed so as to be implementable as a hierarchical structure, so that an institutional instance can harvest data from departmental instances and, ultimately, a national instance could harvest the data from institutional instances, forming a UK data discovery tool.

DataFinder will be a freely-available web service.

Besides software development, the DaMaRO Project will develop data management training and documentation for researchers, expanding and adding to the materials developed during the Sudamih Project and the other projects funded by the JISC Managing Research Data Programme. A long-term business plan for providing and maintaining the DaMaRO enterprise environment will also be developed during the course of the project.

DaMaRO will work alongside the Oxford DMP Online Project to ensure that the mechanisms it develops are integrated with data management planning tools used in the University.

For further enquiries about the DaMaRO Project, please contact damaro@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

DaMaRO is funded under the JISC's Managing Research Data (JISCMRD) Programme.

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