For the last month we have been preparing for the release of the DataUp tool, scheduled for 2 October. We are coordinating our launch with the outreach and communication efforts of Microsoft Research, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, OuterCurve Foundation, and DataONE. Launch preparations in the last month have included developing website content, acquiring the appropriate certificates for the new DataUp websites, writing the press release for the DataUp launch, and negotiating the contracts of project completion and website hosting with Microsoft Research. A screencast demonstrating the web application’s functionality was created for the website as well. The current content at dataup.cdlib.org, the blog, will be moved to the datapub.cdlib.org to make room for the new DataUp website. In early August, DataUp was featured in a workshop at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon, where the attendees much anticipate the tool’s release.
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). Mark your calendars for the 2012 DataUp webinar on October 3rd at 2:00 PM! This webinar will showcase the new tool and describe how it can be used to help researchers with data stewardship. See http://www.cdlib.org/cdlinfo/2012/09/20/dataup-webinar-oct-3/ for details on how to sign-up for the webinar.