Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities
For the last month we have been testing out beta versions of the DataUp tools and relaying issues and bugs to the Microsoft Research developers. We received a beta version of the tools in mid-July and demonstrated the add-in to the DataONE (http://www.dataone.org) users group and at the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners meeting (ESIP). There is much excitement about the DataUp tools, and CDL is evaluating strategies for continued development over the next 12 months. In addition to presentations at the DataONE users group meeting and ESIP meetings, the DataUp tool was featured at the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation meeting this month.
We have received the final version of the two DataUp software tools from Microsoft Research developers and are now preparing for the public launch of the tools on September 18, 2012. We are coordinating our launch with the outreach and communication efforts of Microsoft Research, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, OuterCurve Foundation, and DataONE.
DataUp Service Description
The DataUp add-in and web application help researchers organize, manage, archive, and share their tabular data. The major functionality of both tools is to guide researchers through the following:
- Carry out a best practices check to determine if there are issues present that might make use or interpretation of the data difficult
- Create metadata in standardized EML (Ecological Metadata Language) format
- Describe the attributes (i.e. columns) of the dataset in standard EML format
- Obtain a unique identifier for the dataset
- Generate a data citation
- Post the data and associated metadata to a data repository
DataUp Training Materials, Guides, FAQs and Webinars
The most current DataUp information is on the website (http://dataup.cdlib.org). We have not yet created training materials, guides, or FAQs for the DataUp tools.