Recent Enhancements, News, and Activities
- Datashare is now available for UCSF researchers at http://datashare.ucsf.edu. This is a collaborative project of the UCSF Libraries, CDL and UCSF CTSI. The site has two main
components: 1) the catalog of available datasets (click on “Browse all data”) and 2) the Ingest
Tool to simplify the assembly of a digital object and metadata creation in preparation of
submitting to Merritt. Currently, the Ingest Tool is available only to people with a UCSF login.
The catalog uses XTF behind the scenes—XTF is an open source platform developed at CDL—and
the Ingest Tool was developed by Geoff Boushey at UCSF Library with help from Julia Kochi and
Megan Laurance (also at UCSF Library), Trisha Cruse, Stephen Abrams, Carly Strasser and Perry
Willett at CDL, and Angela Rizk‐Jackson and Anirvan Chatterjee at UCSF CTSI. And the tie to EZID
for DOIs is an important component. Thanks to everyone involved in the project. Now that these
tools are available, Megan Laurance is working to encourage researchers to share their datasets
If other campuses are interested in participating in the DataShare project do let us know. We
are preparing a document that describes the technical requirements for using DataShare,
/edit?usp=sharing. This is still a work in progress, so all of the details are not quite finalized, but it does a good job of indicating the overall level of effort required.
- It’s easier to delete objects. When we first developed Merritt, we weren’t thinking about
deleting objects—as a preservation repository, it’s not our first priority. And we thought that
people would want to create new versions of objects rather than delete them altogether.
However, many of you need to delete objects for various reasons. Because we store information
about the object in multiple places (descriptive information, fixity‐check records, etc) it was
difficult to do and generally required a developer. We’ve now automated many parts of the
deletion process, and we can usually fulfill deletion requests within a day or two.
For a current summary of 2013 development priorities for 2013, see the UC3 Curation Wiki:
Merritt Service Description
Merritt is a production level service that provides the UC community with an easy to use tool to manage, archive, and share their content. Content can be deposited and managed via a user-interface or an API.
Merritt Service Managers
- Perry Willett firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send any questions or general correspondence to email@example.com.
Service Monitoring and Availability
Check CDL’s system status page at http://www.cdlib.org/contact/system.html.